On 10 August 2017, MTAA welcomed the release of the ACCC New Car Retailing Market Study Interim Report which recommended a mandated scheme to allow the nation’s mechanical and motor body repairers fair and reasonable access to repair information. It also acknowledged the significant advocacy, representation and leadership MTAA and Members have provided on behalf of its thousands of member businesses.
MTAA CEO Richard Dudley said the recommendation of a mandated scheme recognised MTAA and members’ unique understanding of a highly complex issue by harnessing knowledge from all of its member constituents.
MTAA facilitated the original heads of agreement with Government and has spent the past two years investigating improvements, gathering detailed information on specific problems and trying to facilitate further enhancements.
Please follow the link below to access the media release. Download .pdf
MTAA advocated strongly on behalf of its members and their business constituents so that the ACCC New Car Retailing Market Study focused on areas of their concern. In particular, MTAA and state and territory member associations advocated strongly for the ACCC to:
To ensure the ACCC focused on the needs of MTAA member associations’ business members, MTAA provided an in-depth submission and supplementary submission to the ACCC. These submissions included comprehensive overviews of the automotive industry (including case studies), highlighted the imbalance of the Franchising Code and Dealer Agreements in favour of manufacturers, the lack of clarity surrounding consumer guarantees and warranties, the impact of electronic logbooks and dealer stamps, and the limitations of access to repair information and data on new cars for independent repairers.
MTAA also provided the following recommendations to the ACCC:
Please access the following links for the MTAA submission and supplementary submission into the ACCC New Car Retailing Market Study.
On 14 December 2017, the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) welcomed the final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) 18 month Market Study into New Car Retailing and urged industry and government to now get on with adopting the recommendations and actions.
MTAA and State and Territory Member Associations advocated strongly for the ACCC to:
Please follow the link below to access the MTAA media release Download .pdf
The ACCC New Car Retailing Industry Market Study final report can be accessed using the link: Download .pdf