On 27 August 2012, the European Commission published, in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs), a document providing clarifications on the application of antitrust rules in the motor vehicle sector, in particular as regards: (i) the honouring of warranties, (ii) servicing in the context of leasing contracts, (iii) the supply of spare parts, (iv) the use and purchase of tools and (v) access to authorised repairer networks.

This document does not have the value of a statement of the law but supplements the guidelines of 2010 on vertical restraints in agreements for the sale and repair of motor vehicles and for the distribution of spare parts for motor vehicles. According to Joaquín Almunia, Commission Vice-President in charge of competition policy, these FAQs “aim at clarifying important issues regarding the competition rules in the car sector, which affect carmakers, dealers, spare parts suppliers, independent repairers and ultimately consumers”. (http://ec.europa.eu/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/legislation/mv_faq_en.pdf)