Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a measure giving owners of automobile restoration shops an alternative to predicting accurate cost estimates.
The measure, co-sponsored by 8th District Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, excuses vehicle rebuilders and restorers from having to provide written estimates which are required for general auto repair businesses.
Kevin Jack, owner of Thunder Road Street Rods and Customs in Benton City, said shops such as his aren't always able to foresee the problems that often occur with total rebuilds of vehicles.
There can be hidden issues, said Harland Lippold, owner of Horse Heaven Mustangs -- a classic Ford Mustang restoration shop in Benton City.
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In addition to easing the requirement for accurate estimates, the new law allows rebuilder shops and customers to agree on a two-week billing cycle based on time and materials.
"I'm glad that it's a law now. I can go back to work," Lippold said late Thursday upon returning from seeing the bill signing.
The bill sped through the Legislature after being introduced Jan. 9.