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All right how about the health of your car right now if your car breaks down do you have a choice of where to bring it for repairs you probably think you do but.
Many car dealers actually keep repair information to themselves that forces you the car owner to go back to the dealer.
But in Massachusetts a measure on the ballot next month could change that Douglas Kennedy has salesforce -- You know John we've all experienced that fits because for years car dealers have kept some of their repair information secret.
Now some mechanics in Massachusetts want that information made public.
They say you have the right to repair your car.
Wherever you want.
Barry Steinberg opened his auto repair shop in Watertown Massachusetts.
It's and for decades he says he and his mechanics could fix any problem.
On any car.
That changed in the ninety's when auto makers install computers in their cars.
And refused to give you another mechanics the diagnostic information yes it did -- -- -- for mechanical.
And we were getting the full book of knowledge like the dealers -- Which he says forced many of his customers to go to dealers.
And pay exorbitant dealer prices last year Steinberg successfully placed a measure on the state ballot.
Requiring auto makers to make all repair information available to the public.
Your proposal included a threat of punishment for the auto makers -- what was a threat.
The threat is very simple that if they don't comply with the law the way it is written.
They will not be allowed to sell cars and passengers but it's instant popularity among car owners -- the auto makers.
And they immediately agreed to a deal with the Massachusetts state legislature.
A deal though that did not include.
The threat of punishment a spokesman for the auto makers refused to come on camera to explain.
But in a statement urged state residents not to vote for the ballot measure.
Claiming it will soon be state law the ballot initiative -- said is no longer necessary are you gonna tell -- our customers not to vote for this ballot measure.
It would be extremely presumptuous on my behalf to -- citizens -- the masters.
They should or shouldn't vote.
He says it's up to voters to decide whether auto makers should be punished.
If they don't comply with the law that's it from here John back -- ovals we have other states follow Douglas Kennedy thank.
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