Auto Repair

New Hampshire Legislature Sustains Veto on House Bill 664

Yesterday, the New Hampshire legislature held a special veto session where legislators reconsidered House Bill (HB) 664. HB 664  addresses original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair procedures for collision repairs. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supported this legislation.

Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the HB 664 in August arguing that it would raise auto insurance premiums “by limiting the ability of insurers to negotiate what is reasonable in the repair process” and stagnate, what is, an already competitive market between small independent repair shops.

The New Hampshire legislature sustained Governor Sununu’s veto by a vote of 241 yeas and 132 nays, lacking the necessary two-thirds vote.

 

 

ASA Submits Letter to New Hampshire Legislature on HB 664

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) submitted a letter to New Hampshire legislators regarding House Bill (HB) 664. HB 664, addresses original equipment manufacturer procedures for collision repairs. ASA supports this legislation.

Governor Chris Sununu recently vetoed HB 664, however the bill is up for consideration in a special veto session.

 

Click here to read ASA’s NH HB 664 Letter.

FTC Hosts Workshop “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions”

This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop entitled “Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions.” The purpose of the workshop was to focus “on how manufacturers may limit repairs by consumers and repair shops and whether those limitations affect consumer protection, including consumers’ rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.” The workshop included three panel discussions titled, “How do repair restrictions affect consumers and small businesses?”, “What are the arguments for and against repair restrictions?”, and “What’s the Fix?” Small business owners, industry experts, and state government officials were amongst the panelists that spoke during the workshop discussing how all industries are impacted by manufacturer restrictions and possible solutions.

The FTC is seeking comments and research on this topic until September 16, 2019. To submit a comment or research, click here.

To view the workshop in its entirety, click here.

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