• Dave McGuire

Local Mechanics vs Big Auto's 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 one billion total views and its gross income exceeds $10 million. What makes Scotty Kilmer so popular is his approach to talking about everyday vehicle maintenance questions in a way that doesn’t make the viewer feel insulted or pushed into being timid.

Earlier this year, a pet peeve topic gaining heavy traction was ready for full discussion. Comments of frustration are becoming more commonly heard in the auto repair world as it relates to manufacturers attempting to bring repairs back under their corporate control. The trigger? Massachusetts' Right-to-Repair” law was signed back 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. This access can be commonly recognized as a plug-in handheld code reader similar to the ones you may request at AutoZone or O’Reilly’s.

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.

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