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Maryland Repair Bill Adds Consumer Disclosure Requirements

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Starting on Oct. 1, 2008, Maryland repair shops will be required to
add a new consumer disclosure to invoices if customers request it.

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Maryland House Bill 1057 was signed into law by the governor in May and added the new requirement to Commercial Law 14-1002.

The bill mandates that before beginning any repair work on a
vehicle for which a customer is charged more than $50, an automotive
repair facility shall give the customer, on the customer’s request, a
written statement which contains:

  • The estimated completion date.
  • The estimated price for labor and parts.
  • A statement that the repair facility may not be responsible for
    certain damages to the customer’s vehicle while on shop premises and
    that the customer should ask a representative of the repair facility
    about the extent of its responsibility, including insurance coverage.
  • The estimated surcharge, if any. If the fee is disclosed to the
    customer before the estimate is made, the automotive repair facility
    may charge a reasonable fee for making the estimate.

 

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