Auto parts suppliers should not be allowed to sell safety-related parts such as steering and brake components to anyone, other than licensed repair shops that hold a valid, current safety inspection certificate. This would eliminate the unfair competition from back-yard auto repairs.
The back-yarders pay no taxes, no insurance, no employee benefits etc, no wonder they can undercut us. The government claims that E-testing is an effective methed of getting old cars off the road.
A mechanical fitness inspection that is required every two years on four to eight year old vehicles, and every year on nine year and older cars and light trucks would be more effective at eliminating unsafe vehicles and/or giving the auto-repair industry more work.