Mass. voters to see Right to Repair on ballot

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November 2, 2012, 11:45 am
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(NECN) - Along with the vote for president and senate, people in Massachusetts will also weigh in on three ballot questions.

Question one is the right to repair.

Here is what your vote means.
A yes vote would enact the proposed law requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers' Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities.

Here to discuss the issue is Art Kinsman from the Right to Repair Coalition, and Bob O'Koniewski, executive vice president of the Massachusetts state automobile dealers association.

Kinsman says vote yes. O’Koniewski says vote no.

Why yes?

“What this is all about is being able to get your car fixed where you want. It’s about fairness, and I think people understand that. Information is the key to getting your car fixed nowadays, and this puts the power squarely in the car owner’s hands to make the decision whether they want to go to a dealer to get their car fixed or an independent shop or fix it themselves as a driveway technician,” says Kinsman. “This is their best bet.”

Why no?

“For six years as we’ve been fighting this, it’s been our contention that there’s no restriction on where consumers can go to get their car repaired. If the car is under warranty or it’s a recall situation, you’re going to go to the dealer and you’re going to get that repair done for free, no cost for the consumer. If your vehicle is outside of warranty, you can go to an independent repair, you can go to a dealer, you can go to your uncle who likes to tinker with cars in the backyard, whomever you want to go to. There’s no restriction,” says O’Koniewski.

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: massachusetts, ballot question, Right to Repair, art kinsman, right to repair coalition, question one, bob o'koniewski, massachusetts state automobile dealers association
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