Nearly 100 automotive glass company owners, technicians and vendors have signed a petition called “Auto Glass Industry National Right to Fair Trade Petition” at ThePetitionSite.com. The goal of the Care2 Petition is to “restore free and fair trade to the auto glass industry so that that consumers will have the freedom of choice when it comes to what repair shop works on their vehicles and so that the business agreements between consumers and their chosen repair shops are not interfered with improperly and unduly,” according to the website.
The petition is directed to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.
“Insurance policies are not written like medical policies,” writes Larry Hamilton of Iowa, who signed. “The insurance company does not have the right to ‘steer’ the policy holder to any particular shop! They have the right to choose where the work is done, no matter how their call center wants to put doubt in their minds!”
“Customers deserve the right to choose without auto glass networks pushing them to their own companies,” writes Eric Bray of Mississippi, who also signed the petition.
“Let’s make this an improved playing/working field for all,” writes Ina Machuca of Colorado.
Care2.com and ThePetitionSite.com were founded in 1998 by Randy Paynter to “empower individuals to take collective action in support of social and environmental causes,” according to the site.