Canadian automakers have agreed to a voluntary framework for sharing vehicle informatoin with independent shops. Meanwhile, independents are not pleased with the outcome, arguing that the normal legislative process would have a resulted in a more robust arrangement.
A separate report by CBC News on “right to repair” measures is also worth mentioning for two reasons. First, the article flatly asserts that independents will be able to compete with dealers more effectively under the new information-sharing regime, which will lower repair costs for consumers. As we have mentioned before at CM, dealers will still have distinct advantages over independents in a variety of areas, but maintaining premium pricing will be tougher under the new “right to repair” system.
Second, the article provides a very helpful illustration of the potential unfairness of the current system (with no information sharing):
“Adams described one example that a frustrated mechanic told to him during the negotiations: The glass in a car door needed to be replaced after a break-in, which was easily done, but the mechanic found he could not start the engine until he reset a sensor in the door. But because the sensor code was considered proprietary, he had to send the client to the dealer.”
We will continue to follow the debate in Canada, as well as any changes in the U.S. regulatory landscape.