SANTA FE, N.M. (July 24, 2007) — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is urging its members in New Mexico to oppose a general order from Gov. Bill Richardson for the state to adopt the California Clean Car Standards.
If implemented, the standards would impose California-style controls on vehicle emissions, including the “super warranty” extending the time that a vehicle's emissions control equipment is under warranty to the auto dealer.
This would be a terrible restraint of trade against independent auto repairers, who perform 75 percent of all non-warranty repair work in New Mexico, according to Bob Redding, ASA Washington representative.
“Allowing repairs to move only to franchised new car dealers for warranty repair will arbitrarily limit the repair marketplace in the state of New Mexico,” Mr. Redding said. The ASA favors clean car standards, he added, but only those that don't mandate extended warranties.