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Snyder vetoes auto repair legislation, says it 'overreaches'

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Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed legislation that he says would have increased the cost of auto repairs in Michigan and possibly car insurance, too.

The bill won overwhelmingly approval in the Legislature.

It would have amended the law to state that when repairing certain parts during the first five years of a vehicle's warranty, body shops could use only new or recertified original parts provided by car companies — unless the vehicle owner directed in writing to install an aftermarket part.

The Republican governor said Thursday it's "laudable" to ensure cars are safely repaired and he supports other parts of the legislation.

But he says the bill artificially sought to limit competition and didn't sufficiently delineate between structural and cosmetic parts.

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