The 60 Plus Association has voiced its support of the "Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act." The association said the bill would benefit senior consumers by opening up increased competition in the auto repair industry.

Because vehicles are becoming increasingly sophisticated with virtually every system either monitored or controlled by computers, servicing these vehicle systems requires ready access to complete and accurate information, tools and software from vehicle manufacturers. Although it is primarily aimed at the auto business, the language in the bill would affect commercial vehicle repair as well.

"It goes against common sense that automobile repairs most seniors rely on still must be completed only in a dealership," said Jim Martin, chairman of the group.

"Some critics worry that this legislation will decrease service quality, but the market reality is that competition drives service quality and price," said Martin. "There are so many choices and options today. For companies to keep customers, they must provide the most competitive price with the best service."

The Senate version of the bill was recently introduced with bipartisan support by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.).