The Auto Care Alliance (ACA) has released a statement coming out in opposition to the recently announced agreement between the Automotive Service Association (ASA), the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS), and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.
The ACA has called into question ASA’s true stance on right-to-repair, claiming that rather than supporting it, it has been fighting against right-to-repair legislation for the past two decades. As evidence of this, ACA cited a 2003 agreement made between manufacturers and ASA that the ACA said “lacked enforcement” and slowed down progress in gaining right-to-repair legislation.
Though the ASA referenced the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding as the basis of its agreement, the ACA argued that the terms of that 2014 agreement have not been honored, with requests for dispute resolution going unanswered.
The ACA has said that this new agreement from the ASA does nothing to address these issues and will only postpone legislative change or enforcement.
“This is a critical time in our industry that associations need to be acting together instead of executing agreements on their own that fail to address important concerns voiced by many throughout the industry, especially when these organizations represent a minority of the industry’s total number,” said Auto Care Alliance and Midwest Auto Care Alliance Executive Director Sheri Hamilton.