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Call to Congress to pass right to repair act

July 29, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

Dear editor:

The National Grange, the nation's oldest national agricultural organization, calls on Congress to pass the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 1449) on behalf of its more than 200,000 members in order to protect individual vehicle ownership rights, particularly for residents of farming and rural communities.

Our members value their ability and freedom to fix and repair their own vehicles, tractors and other farm equipment. Should they seek assistance elsewhere, local repair shops should have access to all necessary computer codes and service information from the manufacturers in order to properly and efficiently make repairs.

In the absence of the Right to Repair Act, our members in some rural areas would be forced to put off important vehicle repairs and maintenance, jeopardizing their safety and the safety of others on the road. It is also important to note that our members often farm and ranch in remote locations where repair shops are just not available. Traveling long distances to a dealer for repairs or waiting days for parts from dealers can mean missing crop target pricing, costing our members in agriculture a great deal of revenue.

We believe every American has the right to maintain, service, repair and rebuild their own vehicles or farming equipment on their own accord or by the repair shop of their choice. Please join us and take action by visiting to send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to support the Right to Repair Act.

Nicole Palya Wood

Legislative Director

The National Grange

Washington, D.C.



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