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Yesterday, a ruling by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has made it a lot more difficult for independent mechanics to keep up and running as they have walked away from negotiations with independent repairers and have issued its own code of conduct.

They are effectively blocking independent mechanics from accessing up to date, critical information and data on modern cars that is vital to the repairs and maintenance programs. This is locking Australian motorists into dealership servicing programs, keeping business alive for the big companies and excluding the small ones.

According to, there are about 20,000 independent workshops across Australia that will have to restrict available services. In Europe and North America, programs that allow independent mechanics to purchase a daily, weekly or monthly subscription to all manufacturing and mechanical data are available – so why can’t we follow this path too?

The local mechanic has been a part of our lives for many, many years… Our family has been using the same family mechanic for three generations and it is heartbreaking to think that the people and families who have built businesses out of this will soon be forced to consider other options…

How do you feel about the possibility of losing your local mechanic? Do you have a regular?

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  1. I think Joe Average, Choice, and our consumer protection groups need to mount a very big campaign. We talk about free trade with other countries but stop it in our own.

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    • Hear hear. We have a wonderful independent mechanic here as we did when living in Sydney. My father owned his own business as a motor mechanic for 54 years and trained many apprentices who eventually had their own businesses.
      I refuse to take cars to dealers, as they are rip-offs when servicing!

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