Pretty much everyone owns a car these days, and pretty much everyone is aware that that isn’t always the cheapest thing. That’s why people opt for a cheap mechanic on the Gold Coast or wherever it is they live; costs are high, and budgeting is a must.
The Australian federal government is aware of this, and is considering a new plan, a mandatory repairers code, which would result in the independent mechanics across the country, like many a cheap mechanic on the Gold Coast and in other states, access to data and parts that were previously limited to authorised repairers.
Currently, most car dealers keep key software information from ‘unauthorised’ repairers, which means that drivers have no choice but to get serviced at higher costs.
This new plan would also provide competition for authorised repairers, which would put downward pressure on servicing prices, to the benefit of the market and customers.
According to Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja, enforcing the mandatory code would result in the best deal for families and car owners when getting their vehicles repaired, adding that it’s key that Aussies have a real choice about where they get their vehicles repaired. He says that he believes that Aussies want to know that they’re getting their car serviced safely, efficiently, and at good prices, whether it’s at a dealership or a their cheap mechanic on the Gold Coast, and that this code would give them that peace of mind.
The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association has thrown their support behind the proposal, saying that industry reps have agreed that something needs to be done to ensure that service and repair information is shared fairly, while ensuring the protection of vehicles, both in terms of safety and security.
CEO of the AAAAC says that, when consumers get forced to the dealerships to get serviced because information isn’t available, that’s when the service costs skyrocket.
A nice sentiment, to be sure, and one with support from the AAAAC and other industry representatives, so it has something to work with. Whether or not this moves forward is up to the automotive manufacturers; how they see this code will decide whether or not this will turn into a protracted legal affair.