Originally Posted by codprawn
Nice one - I am pretty sure the same applies in europe but it may only be cars.
If my memory serves me right, the EC took VW to court for failing (or threatening) to cover cars under warranty if they were serviced by a non-franchised garage. VW were fined several (hundred?) million €.
BMW were also at it at the same time. In some respects the Munich firm were worse because their cars could only be serviced if a garage had BMW diagnostic equipment. They later made that equipment available to independant dealers, but the price was extremely high. I believe it was later reduced, possibly to avoid similar sanctions to VW.
FIAT/Alfa Romeo have a similar system, but it is available at a much lower price. That's if my memory is correct.
Now, who am I? Where am I? What am I doing here? Who are all those people in white coats. NURSE!!!!