Right to Repair

Victory For Shade-Tree Mechanics & Coders! Feds Say Automotive Software Isn't Covered By Copyright
Victory For Shade-Tree Mechanics & Coders! Feds Say Automotive Software Isn't Covered By Copyright

Last spring, we asked an important question: "Do You Really Own Your Car?" According to Auto News, one federal agency has now provided a definitive answer, which will make tinkerers and tuners happy -- if the decision doesn't get upended by federal law, that is. HOW WE GOT HERE For as long as there...Read More»

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Do You Really Own Your Car? GM, John Deere Say "No"

When it comes to cars, there are plenty of reasons to buy instead of lease. For starters, when we buy, we're making a capital investment. Though that investment will depreciate over time, we'll still get a chunk of our money back. Also, even in the increasingly rent-friendly, ridesharing economy...Read More»

DIY repair infographic from AutoMD
Infographic: How Much Cash Can DIY Auto Repairs Really Save?

The internet has been a boon for folks who like doing things for themselves. Need to install some tile? Transplant a tree? Fix a leaky gutter? Run a quick search on Google -- or better yet, skim the offerings on YouTube -- and you'll find that most of those projects are well within your reach. But...Read More»

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AAA Votes Yes On Right To Repair Legislation

If you have a nearly new vehicle or one with specialized technical demands or cutting-edge features, is it fair to assume that only the dealership can repair it, or should an independent mechanic be able to get the tools and know-how, too? The American Automobile Association (AAA) has come out in...Read More»

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112th Congress Goes To Washington, Lobbyists Follow. Will The Right To Repair Act Finally Pass?

If you read the news yesterday, you probably saw a recap of the day on Capitol Hill, with lots of attention given to the freshman Representatives. But journalists aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the 112th Congress; lobbyists and advocacy groups are watching, too, hoping that this will be...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Why Can't Owners View Technical Service Bulletins?

Back in September 2007, and again in April 2008, Toyota sent out warnings about floormats, and how they could interfere with pedal travel. But very few owners were made aware of the issue, as the warning was sent out as a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB), only initially visible to about 1,500...Read More»

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