Ohio auto dealer franchise bill goes to the governor

Jan. 1, 2020
The Ohio legislature has sent Senate Bill 204, the Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Wagoner, to the governor?s office for signature. The companion legislation was House Bill 364 offered by Rep. Matt Lundy.

The Ohio legislature has sent Senate Bill 204, the Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Wagoner, to the governor’s office for signature. The companion legislation was House Bill 364 offered by Rep. Matt Lundy.

The legislation provides guidelines for automobile dealer-automobile manufacturer relationships in Ohio, according to information from the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

Included in the legislation of importance to independent automotive repairers is a key provision that allows automobile manufacturers to reimburse non-franchised repair facilities for labor and parts used in “emergency service” for warranty or recall work.

“I am very proud of our ASA team in Ohio. Our members contacted legislators and encouraged them to open the door on warranty and recall repair reimbursements for independents," says Joe Sanfillipo III, chairman of ASA's Ohio affiliate. "ASA-Ohio was also successful in removing legislative language that would prevent automobile manufacturers from selling parts and tools to independents. This is a case of the legislative process working for the small business community.”

To view the legislation passed by the Ohio legislature, visit ASA’s legislative website at www.TakingTheHill.com and select “Track Legislation.”

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