Support the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act
October 25, 2010 · 12:24 PM
The American Military Society is a veterans’ organization whose membership includes active, reserve, National Guard, retired and veterans of the uniformed services, their families and survivors.
We ask that Congress support the passage of HR 2057 and S 3181, The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act. We believe car owners should have the right to choose where, how and by whom their cars and other motor vehicles are repaired. They should have access to all the repair information from the vehicle manufacturers. However, this is not the case. Local, independent repair facilities are denied full access to computer codes and other service information from the vehicle manufacturers. This doesn’t make any more sense than selling prescription drugs without the doctor’s dosing instructions.
This is especially a hardship for military personnel and their families. They are often stationed in remote locations far from any dealerships. Spouses of deployed service members, holding their families together alone, are particularly disadvantaged when close, convenient repair shops cannot obtain access to the data needed to make car repairs. With record numbers of dealerships now closed, the problem is even more acute. As more and more cars become more and more complicated, the problem becomes even more difficult.
The American Military Society encourages all service members, their families and all Americans to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their Senators and their Representatives, urging them to support this legislation.
Col. Charles C. Partridge (Retired)
American Military Society
Upper Marlboro, Md.