What You Need to Know
To Elevate and Unite Automotive Professionals, andGive Them Voice 

2012 Summer Educational Conference a Huge Success!  

 Click here for the official Press Release!


ASCCA Has a New Facebook Page 

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Please visit us on our new Facebook page. We look forward to your comments and shared experiences. We will be posting information, links and events as a way to continue supporting our community and advancing our industry. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to "Like" us as well! We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Mandatory Commercial Recycling Begins
July 1, 2012   

A new regulation required under AB 341 of 2011 goes into effect July 1, 2012.  The regulations establish a state policy goal that 75% of solid waste generated be diverted from landfill disposal by 2020; require commercial waste generators to arrange for recycling services; and, require local governments to implement commercial solid waste recycling programs designed to divert solid waste from businesses.   Many local jurisdictions have already implemented recycling program and those that have not will have to begin. Businesses statewide will have to begin recycling waste if they haven't already been doing so. 


Following is a link to frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about the mandatory commercial recycling regulation.



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Mandatory Commercial Recycling
ASCCA Launces New Consumer Targeted Slogan
ASCCA One Member Can Campaign

Click here for a complete list of ASCCA corporate sponsors and member benefits.  


Calendar of Events

Team Weekend   

September 29-30, 2012
Embassy Suites, Sacramento
 Hotel Reservation: COMING SOON
Room Rate: $149
Reservation deadline: Sept 7



Team Weekend 
December 8-9, 2012
Embassy Suites, Sacramento
Hotel Reservation: COMING SOON
Room Rate: $149
Reservation deadline: Nov 16 

Massachusetts Car Dealers, Right to Repair Coalition Reach Agreement  

Courtesy Motor Age Wire Reports, June 20 


Today the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association (MSADA) and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition announced an agreement on compromise "right to repair" legislation that, if passed, would avoid the November ballot question fight.  


"Our members not only are franchise vehicle dealers for the manufacturers but also act as independent repairers when working on vehicles outside their franchise line makes. Therefore, a consumer's ability to have his or her car repaired by whomever he or she wants is important to us," says Robert O'Koniewski, Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association. "As part of the legislative process we have been working with legislators, the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition, vehicle manufacturers, and all other interested parties to achieve a consensus on a bill that would ultimately avoid the November ballot question while fixing the problems in the petition that directly impact our member dealers, their almost 25,000 employees, and their sales and repair customers.


"Should the ballot question pass, and all polls indicate that it would overwhelmingly, there is a great possibility that our dealers will not have vehicles to sell to our customers beginning in the spring of 2014 as the manufacturers cannot, or will not, comply with the law. That is a prospect with which we cannot gamble our dealers' businesses and their customers' satisfaction," he continues.


"We are especially pleased that the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association has joined us in pushing for a legislative solution to the Right to Repair issue," says Art Kinsman, spokesman for the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition. "At the heart of it, Right to Repair has always been about fairness in creating a level playing field between the car and truck manufacturers, franchise new car dealers and their independent counterparts in the aftermarket."


The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition (representing 40 consumer and aftermarket organizations, more than 2,000 independent repair shops) and 32,000 jobs across Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association, which represents the 410 franchise new car and trucks dealers in the Commonwealth employing almost 25,000 men and women, sent a joint letter to Massachusetts lawmakers asking them to act on the Right to Repair legislative proposal in advance of the final July 3 deadline for certified signatures on the Right to Repair ballot initiative to be submitted to the Massachusetts Secretary of State.  


Both MSADA and the Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition would prefer a legislative solution to the Right to Repair issue as long as it contains strong consumer protections and remedies as proposed in the ballot initiative.


"Our fight has always been with big out-of-state car manufacturers on this issue.  Now legislators can be assured that the Right to Repair legislation before them will be a great benefit for all their constituents who make a living in the local automotive repair business," Kinsman says. "Of course, the greatest beneficiary is the car owner, who will have a true, unfettered choice of where they get their cars fixed.  Today's accord proves that both new car dealers and independent repairers together have their customers' best interests at heart."


Click here for the Right to Repair Legislation Redraft. 


ASCCA Launches New Consumer Targeted Slogan         

The ASCCA Public Relations Committee has developed an exciting new slogan with the purpose of ensuring that the ASCCA sign is synonymous with quality automotive shops. The slogan, The Sign You Can Trust! is directed at your potential and existing customers.


This exciting new campaign will start by incorporating our new slogan, The Sign You Can Trust! with our existing logo, creating public awareness that will translate into consumers looking for shops displaying the ASCCA sign. The goal of our campaign is to increase your business with new customers and help you retain existing clients. Participate in this new campaign and help strengthen the public's awareness that ASCCA shops are the shops they can trust to meet their automotive needs!  


How to use the new slogan:

  • Place on existing letterhead, business cards, brochures and forms.
  • On your website and social media pages.
  • In your printed and electronic newsletters.
  • With your local advertising.
  • Place on Press Releases when producing information for public distribution.
  • Place the adjunct sign with the slogan beneath your ASCCA sign at your shop.
  • Incorporate on promotional material produced for your shop, such as calendars, mugs, magnets, pens, etc.

For more information on getting the ASCCA logo with the new slogan and for purchasing an adjunct sign, contact ASCCA staff at (800) 810-4272 or email Cindi Alvidrez at calvidrez@amgroup.us.  



ASCCA  One Member Can! Update        


The One Member Can! campaign has pushed off with great momentum and we've seen just how much one member CAN make a difference!


Since the launch of the One Member Can! campaign in February, ASCCA has seen individual members throughout the state rise to the occasion to reach out and make a difference in their Chapter and for ASCCA!


Rory Balmer has already earned his first iPad and is well on his way towards earning more prizes.  Rory (pictured below) was awarded his iPad a
tthe ASCCA Summer Conference, June 23-24 at the Hilton Irvine Orange County.  


Rory Balmer (Chapter 14), Mary Kemnitz (Membership Committee Chair), Heather Vigil (Membership Director) 


You Can Make a Difference & Be Rewarded Too!


Remember when you recruit a new member to send in your coupon on the bottom of the One Member Can! Membership Drive or send an email with your name and the name of the member(s) you have recruited.


The One Member Can! informative, 2-page flyer is designed to be printed double-sided on 8 " x 11" sheets of paper, while the one page poster is designed to be a tabletop piece, printed on glossy 8" x 10" stock paper - to be place next to the 2-page flyers. There is also a 16" x 20" poster available. If you would like to display a poster of that size, please contact us directly and the template will be forwarded separately.


Please take a moment to read through the marketing material thoroughly. The more you know about our One Member Can! campaign - the better you'll be at using it to engage and enlist new members! The material also contains instructions on how to report your new member sign-ups, and how you can win a new iPad.


If you need any additional information or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Heather Vigil at (800) 810-4272 or hvigil@amgroup.us.



Click here for the One Member Can flyer.

Click here for the One Member Can Poster



Special Thank You to ASCCA's Diamond Sponsors!

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