Our recent right to repair victory in Massachusetts was not just
state news or even national news; it was global news. This was clearly
evident last week at a Right to Repair Symposium in Frankfurt, Germany, held in
conjunction with Automechanika. The symposium was co-sponsored by AAIA and
FIGIEFA, our counterpart in the European Union.
Automotive aftermarket industry representatives from several
European countries, Australia and South Africa were eager to hear details about
our experience – how we won the battle, what it means to repair shops and what
are the next steps. These representatives were also eager to share their
challenges in repairing late model vehicles and the roadblocks they are
encountering in obtaining information from the car makers.
I came away with a greater understanding that right to repair is
a global issue and that our efforts in the U.S. has helped other countries
obtain greater access to information and tools for their independent
aftermarkets needed to work on their vehicles.