Vehicle Repair Shops to Abide by New Rules July 1

By Tyler Sutherland

Car BatteryManitobans will be protected by new rules when taking their vehicle in for service, the province re-announced Monday.

Effective July 1, repair shops will be required to provide a written estimate for any repair over $100, and ensure final charges for the repair work are within 10 percent of the estimate.

“Buying a car is one of the most important purchases a family will make and we want to ensure we safeguard this purchase as much as possible,” said Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau.

“These new rules for vehicle repairs will ensure that, when Manitobans are dealing with repair shops, they have greater protections and have the information needed to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

Shops will also have to provide a written invoice itemizing costs for parts, labour and other charges, obtain authorization for repairs before they are made, provide warranties for all parts and associated labour, and offer consumers their old parts if requested.

Manitoba’s Consumer Protection Office will oversee compliance and enforcement and could issue penalties to offending establishments.