ASA Calls on Oklahoma Legislature to Oppose Storage Bill

ASA Calls on Oklahoma Legislature to Oppose Storage Bill

ASA believes limits imposed by the bill would force repairers to charge storage fees at a rate well below the fair market.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to oppose Senate Bill (S.B.) 1741, which would establish the same caps on storage rates that were proposed in S.B. 1853, which ASA also opposed, while removing other provisions in S.B. 1853.

The proposed rates include:

Maximum daily storage rates
  • Motorcycle, automobile or light truck up to 20 feet in length: $24 (outdoor), $39 (indoor)
  • Single vehicle or combination of vehicles over 20 feet in length but less than 30 feet in length: $32 (outdoor), $47 (indoor)
  • Single vehicle or combination of vehicles over 30 feet in length and up to 8 feet in width: $39 (outdoor), $55 (indoor)
  • Single vehicle or combination of vehicles over 30 feet in length and over 8 feet in width: $55 (outdoor), $70 (indoor)

Some argue that the Oklahoma legislature should pass S.B. 1741 because it is less egregious than S.B. 1853. ASA believes that a bill being less egregious than another shouldn’t be the standard to determine if a bill should become law.

ASA believes these limits would force repairers to charge storage fees at a rate well below the fair market. Third-party surveys estimate average daily storage rates over $100 in both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.  

ASA states that this bill would not protect consumers, but it would make it easier for insurers to prolong the repair process. ASA believes these small repair businesses should not have to foot the bill for delays they cannot control.

“Sensing a challenging path to passing S.B. 1853, the organizations supporting that legislation have found it more convenient to push for S.B. 1741 and dress it up as a ‘reasonable’ alternative,” said Scott Benavidez, chairman of ASA’s board of directors. “To an independent automotive repairer, there is nothing ‘reasonable’ about being told they can only charge $24 per day to store a vehicle. Many repairers have had to increase storage fees in recent years because insurance companies are taking longer to complete their claims process, leaving vehicles sitting pointlessly in the shop. These vehicles — especially electric vehicles — take up valuable space in shops and can prevent facilities from accepting other repair jobs. This bill would unfairly harm small businesses and signals an abandonment of free-market principles.”

ASA encourages automotive repair professionals in Oklahoma to join the repair community’s efforts to stop this bill from becoming law. Auto repairers in Oklahoma can educate their elected officials on the harms posed by S.B. 1741 by contacting them using ASA’s easy-to-use Taking the Hill advocacy platform. The link to take action is here.

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