A SEMA-supported bill (S.B. 6005) 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 signed into law by Governor Chris Gregoire. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the new law will allow restoration and custom shops to bill at least every two weeks on a time & materials basis. Shops will now 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.

Under Washington law, a "Horseless Carriage" is a vehicle that is more than forty years old and owned and operated as a collector vehicle; a "Collector Vehicle" is any motor vehicle that is more than thirty years old; a "Custom Vehicle" is any motor vehicle that is at least thirty years old and of a model year after 1948 or was manufactured to resemble a vehicle at least thirty years old and of a model year after 1948 and has alterations to one or more of the major component parts; a "Parts Car" is a motor vehicle that is owned by a collector to furnish parts for restoration or maintenance; and a "Street Rod" is a motor vehicle that is a 1948 or older vehicle or the vehicle was manufactured after 1948 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1949 and has alterations to one or more of the major component parts.

Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in supporting this bill!