New Legislation May Eliminate Small Auto Repair Shops

It’s happening again.

Michigan lawmakers are looking to suppress consumer choice. This time they see an opportunity when consumers are most vulnerable – after an auto accident in the repair shop.

You read that right.

auto_mechanic.pngThis legislation (House Bill 4344) would require auto mechanics use parts from the original manufacturer, versus cheaper, alternative aftermarket parts. The bill has already passed the state House and is sitting on the floor of the Senate. Momentum is certainly on the side of big car companies and dealerships, not consumers.

This bill would essentially create a monopoly on auto parts that are most often damaged in accidents, which increases costs, reduces consumer choice, and harms Michigan small businesses.

Yet another example of the government picking winners and losers in the private sector.

It gets better…

In order for aftermarket parts to be used, they would need to go through a costly certification process. But, there’s (always) a catch!

Automakers would not be required to go through a similar certification processes. Automakers are essentially lobbying for a restriction on their competitors, and lawmakers are buying it hook, line, and sinker.

Michigan drivers have already been hit with a recent gas tax increase. The last thing they need piled on top are higher repair costs. 

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  • commented 2016-06-06 08:01:52 -0400
    Taking away the peoples choice. Insurance rate will go up. This goes to show you who really runs this state and country. Corporations not our elected officials……
  • commented 2016-05-24 11:41:48 -0400
    Legislation rarely states what it will actually do, but that doesn’t change what the outcome of the bill will be. It creates preferences for OEM parts over aftermarket parts and consumer choices.
  • commented 2016-05-23 21:38:11 -0400
    Deb Froehlich, thank you for reading the bill. That changes how I feel too.
  • commented 2016-05-14 22:00:07 -0400
    When I heard about this I was FURIOUS to think MI would pass a law requiring small auto shops to have to use OEM parts. THEN I READ THE BILL, and I agree with Tom P. I can’t find anything in the bill that states they have to use OEM parts. Page 15 (g) states they have to “…. use parts that meet or exceed standards as recognized as OEM comparable quality…..” which is much different than HAVING to use OEM parts. It prevents something like using cheap brake parts from China, as an example. Maybe Mary can point to the exact page/line that state they have to use OEM parts. The majority of the bill seems to protect the customer from having unqualified people from repairing your vehicle, and requires shops to provide quotes, and let the person inspect the part replaced to assure it was defective. Please show me what page states they are required to use OEM parts….it was a boring bill so if I missed it please let me know where it was. If not, then stop posting misleading info.
  • commented 2016-05-14 19:28:03 -0400
    Thanks for the post, now that I actually read the bill I know not to believe anything that MFF says. This bill blatantly misrepresents what the bill says.
  • commented 2016-05-14 16:34:44 -0400
    2015 House Bill 4344: Authorize fines for not “registering” an auto repair shop (House Roll Call 33)

    Passed 84 to 22 in the House on February 10, 2016, to codify into law a comprehensive regulatory regime that is currently imposed on vehicle repair facilities through administrative regulations, including a state registration mandate. The bill also revises some details and definitions in these requirements. House Bill 4343 would authorize fines for failing to register a facility. Among other things the bill would prohibit a repair shop from replacing a part with one not made by the vehicle’s maker without customer notice and permission.

    Amendments on HB 4344
  • commented 2016-05-14 16:20:24 -0400
    No, no a thousand times NO. Call your MI House representative and tell them to vote no on HB 4344. This bill would destroy competition and once again allow the government to pick Winners and Losers through crony welfare capitalism.
  • commented 2016-05-14 14:20:56 -0400
    This is a terrible piece of legislation. This is pure crony capitalism. Give small businesses a chance. Let the market determine quality repair shops. The only way to “protect” everyone is to enslave everyone. You can gain broader support by protecting citizens from lobbyists and letting them know you did. Don’t give in to easy money.
  • commented 2016-05-14 14:03:00 -0400
    Typical of our lawmakers. They need a reason to be in Lansing all year, so lets pass another law restricting free trade. Proving that big business with highly paid lobbyists are the only ones they listen to.

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