Question 1: Right to Repair

Would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer from selling or leasing without allowing owner access to diagnostic and repair information.
Outcome: Passed

Summary

This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities. They could receive the data electronically on a subscription basis at a fair market value.

For vehicles manufactured from 2002 through model year 2014, the proposed law would require a manufacturer of motor vehicles sold in Massachusetts to make available for purchase, by vehicle owners and in-state independent repair facilities, the same diagnostic and repair information and tools that the manufacturer makes available through an electronic system to its dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities.

The information would not include information to reset a vehicle immobilizer, an anti-theft device.

January 1, 2013, the proposed law would prohibit any agreement that waives or limits a manufacturer’s compliance with the proposed law while previous agreement would still be in effect. 

Any violation of the proposed law would be treated as a violation of existing state consumer protection and unfair trade-practices laws. 

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what your vote means

Yes

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.

No

Would make no change in existing laws.

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association$710,000
2Genuine Parts Company$150,000
3AutoZone$150,000
4O'Reilly Auto Parts$150,000
5Advance Auto Parts, Inc.$150,000
41.3%
8.7%
8.7%
8.7%
8.7%
$1.7 million raised in total

No

100.0%
$105.4 thousand raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1Union-Assoc.$105,399

Endorsements

No

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Editorials

Yes

No

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Yes

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No

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