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Newspapers Endorse Massachusetts Right to Repair Ballot Initiative

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Oct. 23, 2020—Massachusetts voters on Election Day will decide whether drivers and independent shops, and not just vehicle manufacturers, can have control over the repair data generated by the vehicles they own.

A "Yes" vote on ballot "Question 1," aka the Right to Repair measure, would give consumers control over the data, and the Auto Care Association has noted that a number of publications have come out in favor of such a vote.

The newspapers include the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Sun Chronicle, and Berkshire Eagle.

Says the Globe, “The reason the new Right to Repair measure should pass is simple: It is inherently unfair for car manufacturers to have sole access to a vehicle’s mechanical data, because it gives their dealerships an advantage over independent auto-repair shops. That ultimately hurts consumers, because with limited options come higher prices.”

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