You bought it. You own it. Why should the manufacturer be able to tell you that you can’t fix it yourself?
This year, Illinois has three chances to protect our right to repair our own things:
HB 3593 covers all electronics—tablets, cell phones, computers. It would require that manufacturers make parts, tools, and repair documentation available to independent repair shops and individual consumers.
HB 3602 focuses on powered wheelchair users—91% of whom have had to get their chairs repaired in the last year, and due to manufacturer repair restrictions are often forced to wait as much as 7 weeks, according to a PIRG investigation. It’s based on the powered wheelchair bill that passed in Colorado last year, the first Right to Repair bill to pass in the United States since 2012. California wheelchair users should have the same right to get their mobility devices fixed at the shop of their choice—or buy the parts and do the repairs themselves.
HB 3601 focuses on school technology. The pandemic worsened the digital divide, making it harder for kids without good access to technology to compete with their peers. Being able to repair school laptops would help keep costs down and kids connected to the technology they need to learn for as long as possible.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Illinois!