Sharing car diagnostic info to independent mechanics

VJ VJ
Okay now...what else? When you are a car dealer and read about this bill don't you just feel like you ears are blowing off? The proposal, which has been fiercely contested by carmakers, requires them to offer independent mechanics the same car repair and diagnostic information given to dealership mechanics. If the bill passes, Massachusetts would be the first state in the country to enact such a law. Here is the link to the article: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/07/07/senate_backs_sharing_auto_repair_data/
Dave Miller
Other than the fact this is another case of the government sticking their unwanted noses into private business, I believe this is mostly a non-issue. As a co-owner and mechanic of 38 years experience of a used car dealership that also does repair, I have found that Mitchell, and Alldata (or as we call it "somedata") is very good at picking up and providing adequate repair information on most vehicles at least three years old. Seldom seen are vehicles in the 0-3 year range as the large majority are still covered by the factory warranty, federally mandated emissions system warranty, or both. Any technician that has not taken the time to learn about the operation of new systems, and cannot figure out how to work on these systems from personal experience. should learn--not gripe and whine to the government.

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