Law & Order

Washington Bill to Exempt Restoration and Custom Shops from Written Estimate Requirement Approved by House Committee


A SEMA-supported bill to exempt restoration and custom shops from the requirement that they provide written estimates for the repair of any vehicle that qualifies for a “horseless carriage” or “collector vehicle” license plate, or is a “parts car,” “street rod” or “custom vehicle” was approved by the Washington State House Business & Financial Services Committee and now moves to the House Rules Committee for consideration. 

The bill has already been passed by the Washington State Senate. If the bill passes in the full House, it will be sent to the governor for her signature and enactment into law. Under a SEMA-drafted amendment, the bill would allow restoration and custom shops to bill at least every two weeks on a time and materials basis. Shops would be able to accurately inform customers of actual costs and materials, removing vagueness associated with shops attempting to “guess” probable time for unique tasks and probable costs for unique and, in some cases, yet to be fabricated parts. 

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