A milestone for consumers of automotive repair was just reached, but many of you probably did not even realize it!
It was the 5th year anniversary, (October), of the Automobile Manufacturers Information Agreement. This was an agreement reached to insure that your independent repair facility, (vs.the manufacturers dealership or “center”), will have the information, tools and training available to repair your car. It is estimated that about 75% of repairs and maintenance, (after the initial warranty) is performed at your local independent shops.
Living in the U.S., we love having the choice of where to take our BMW’s, (or any other vehicle for that matter), when it’s time for maintenance or repair. Besides, most of us know what happens when competition becomes scarce.
The agreement is probably not perfect for one on either side of the issue. However, it seemed to be preferred by the major manufacturers to avoid legislation that was looming by Congress.
Now, this is not to say that there may never be a need for legislation. But, for now it’s working for you and for us. Happy Anniversary.