Right to Repair Act passes in New Jersey Assembly

Oct. 28, 2008

The New Jersey Assembly today passed the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (A-803) by a wide margin.

Passage by the assembly came only days after the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee approved the Right Repair Act by a 3-2 vote.

Aaron Lowe, vice president of government affairs for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), testified that the service and parts business is becoming a growing percentage of car companies’ profits and, therefore, it is of great concern that independent repair shops are becoming more dependent on the car companies and their dealers for tools and information.

“The commercial interests at stake in the vehicle repair market demand that Right to Repair legislation be enacted to ensure a level playing field where consumers continue to have a choice of where they have their vehicle serviced,” Lowe stated.

Other groups testifying in favor of the bill included the Alliance of Aftermarket Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP-NJ), New Jersey Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association (NJGCA), Citizen’s Action, National Federal of Independent Business (NFIB) and AAA.

The bill now moves to the New Jersey Senate for consideration.

Additional information on the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act can be found at www.righttorepairnj.org.