CAWA Joins Global Right to Repair Movement for Vehicles
Published April 3, 2023
CAWA has joined other association leaders to support the critical global Right to Repair movement by signing a new position statement.
The statement enumerates the core beliefs of the movement and the objectives and intended outcomes of Right to Repair legislation. Importantly, the document sets forth 10 best practice principles to developing a framework for Right to Repair legislation any supporting country can use and adapt to its needs.
Globally, the automotive aftermarket keeps 1.5 billion vehicles on the road while contributing $1.8 trillion to the global economy. After vehicles exit their warranty period, independent repair shops perform 70% of repairs. This vibrant industry and the consumer choice it creates is being threatened by automotive manufacturers that block access to wirelessly transmitted vehicle repair and maintenance data.
Without the convenience and choice of independent parts and repair, especially in suburban and rural communities, consumers will have limited access to affordable vehicle service and repair. These restrictions can have catastrophic effects on local economies and the well-being and safety of millions who rely on vehicle transportation daily.
“We are pleased to be a part of this global Right to Repair movement and will do what we can to promote Right to Repair legislation which is so critical to the consumers' right to choose where they get their vehicles repaired and where they purchase their parts," said CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini.