• Dave McGuire

Local Mechanics vs Politicians

The Clarksvillian

If you are not familiar with Scotty Kilmer, he’s been a YouTube star for years and has been fixing cars since before the internet existed. As an example of his popularity? Scotty's Youtube page has recently surpassed 1.6 billion total views and his subscribers are quickly approaching 5 million. What makes Scotty Kilmer so popular? The viewer's feedback consistently points to his direct approach and sense of humor regarding everyday vehicle maintenance questions. And all of that information is neatly packaged in short videos that do not make the viewer feel insulted or pushed into being timid about asking questions.

Earlier this year, a pet peeve gained heavy traction and was ready for a full explanation by Scotty. Stories of increasing frustration are becoming more commonplace in the auto repair world as it relates to manufacturers attempting to bring vehicle repairs back under their corporate control. The trigger? Massachusetts' Right-to-Repair” law was signed in 2013 and creates a foundation for a nationwide change. That law mandated vehicle owners and independent repair shops have equal access to vehicle computer information to diagnose problems as do the auto manufacturers. If you're wondering, an example of this access type can be the same as a plug-in handheld code reader like the ones you may request at AutoZone or O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

The 2013 law appeared after Massachusetts voters approved a similar 2012 right-to-repair ballot measure, which needed to be reconciled with a previous law signed by the Governor. Trying to shorten a long story: The conclusion ended with automakers agreeing to a deal in 2014 to make the Massachusetts law their national standard. And the gradual push of lobbyist began before the ink dried - and they're still pushing to this day.

Think it’s not a big deal? If not, unfortunately, you will learn a lesson regarding the difference between cost and price as it relates to a new vehicle.