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Register for the ASCCA/CAWA Industry Summit & ASCCA's Team Weekend!


Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the ASCCA / CAWA Industry Summit, February 8 -9, 2013 and the ASCCA Team weekend, February 9-10, 2013 at the Fairmont Newport Beach.  


Reserve Your Hotel Room TODAY!


Today is the cutoff date to receive the guaranteed ASCCA room rate of $129.


Hotel Reservation: 

1-800-441-1414 (Ask for the ASCCA Rate!)  


Fairmont Newport Beach
4500 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660 
ASCCA/CAWA 2013 Industry Summit

This exciting, interactive event continues to grow in numbers and influence. Taking place Friday, February 8th-Saturday, February 9th, 2013, the summit program has been developed by a working group for the past several months. Join us on Friday night for the Joint ASCCA/CAWA Leadership Reception followed by a day of important industry discussions. Click here for Saturday's full agenda: ASCCA/CAWA Agenda . Register today online: Click here to register online.


February 8-10, 2013
ASCCA Board & Committee Meetings 




NASTF Brings OEM Execs to General Meeting During VISION
January 14, 2013


St. Johns, FL - Toyota, Subaru and General Motors executives are the early confirmations for OEM participation in the March 8 General Meeting for the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). The meeting is a guest event to be held during the popular VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo in Overland Park, Kansas. Several other OEM service operation support divisions have indicated their possible attendance and the NASTF meeting agenda will include new participants as they are confirmed.


"NASTF plays a unique role in the automotive industry as the contact point between independent technicians and service operation support executives inside each of the original equipment automobile manufacturers (OEMs)", says Skip Potter, Executive Director of NASTF. "Our General Meetings provide the opportunity for shop owners, their technicians and service writers to engage, face-to-face, in productive conversations with OEM service support representatives concerning OEM service resources."


Mark Saxonberg, Service Technology Manager for Toyota; Kelly Geist, Service Engineering Manager for Subaru; and Bob Stewart, Aftermarket Service Support for GM will participate in presentations and panel discussions that will make up the NASTF General Meeting Agenda. The complete agenda will be released soon.


NASTF holds two General Meetings each year. The site for the Spring 2013 NASTF General Meeting was chosen specifically in recognition that the VISION educational conference is the single largest gathering of professional independent technicians in the USA. The NASTF General Meeting is scheduled for 1 - 4:30 pm on Friday, March 8 in the Overland Park Convention Center near Kansas City. There is no charge to attend the NASTF meeting but there is a fee to register for other educational sessions at the VISION conference. Information and registration for VISION is available at www.visionkc.com. The Fall 2013 General Meeting will be held in Las Vegas during the week of the AAPEX and SEMA trade shows. The details for the Fall meeting have not yet been released.




BAR Chief Confirmed by Senate Rules Committee
John Wallauch was unanimously confirmed as BAR Chief by the Senate Rules Committee. ASCCA Legislative Advocate, Jack Molodanof testified on behalf of ASCCA in support of confirmation.



Register for the ASCCA/CAWA Industry Summit & ASCCA Team Weekend
NASTF Brings OEM Execs to General Meeting During VISION
BAR Chief Confirmed by Senate Rules Committee
Sandy Forces Automakers to Scrap Over 15,000 Vehicles
Get Your ASCCA "The Sign You Can Trust" Sign Now and Win!
Nominate an ASCCA Member of the Month

January Member of the Month John Camara

John Camara, Camara Auto Service, Inc., Tulare, CA

In his own words:

"I became inspired to get involved in automotive repair from always being curious as to how toys and other objects worked. When my personal objects would eventually break I would naturally try to fix them. When I entered high school I enrolled in auto shop classes and eventually an opportunity came along for me to work part time at a full service station assisting in the repairs. That began my automotive repair career.


In 1972 the owner of the facility I grew to manage unfortunately experienced serious medical complications and he could no longer work full time and looked for a buyer to take over his business. At that time I decided this would be my opportunity to own my own repair shop. I then was able to start my own business on January 01, 1973.


From the very first ASCCA meeting I attended in my chapter we sat at a round table with five shop owners and tried to help one of the shop owners solve a problem with a car they were working on. At that point I knew I wanted to belong. Afterwards, staying in ASCCA was easy, there is a quote I believe is from Henry Ford and says "If you want to be successful surround yourself with successful people." That is what I have done in ASCCA.


To my fellow shop owners who are new in ASCCA the first thing that I would recommend is to ATTEND a meeting, PARTICIPATE in a chapter or the state meetings and don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions; everyone there is your friend."



ASCCA members like John are shining examples of how One Member CAN Make a Difference!




Calendar of Events

Team Weekend

Saturday, Febrary 8-10, 2013

Fairmont Newport Beach

Hotel Reservation: 1-800-441-1414

Room Rate: 129

 Agenda and meeting registration information will be available soon. 


2013 Industry Summit

Saturday, February 9, 2013

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Fairmont Newport Beach

 Click here for agenda.   



 Sandy Forces Automakers to Scrap Over 15,000 Vehicles


r shops licensed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair. 


In the wake of Superstorm Sandy's destruction, automakers were forced to scrap more than 15,000 new vehicles damaged by the storm.  Nissan estimated more than 6,000 Nissan and luxury Infiniti brand cars and light trucks would be unable to be sold because of storm damage.  Including used autos and those of individual owners, approximately 200,000 will have to be replaced, according to Larry Dixon, senior analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association.


Some 4,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles were at the company's port facility in Newark, NJ, when the storm hit.  A Toyota spokesperson noted that about 1,300 may be salvaged, and 3,000 likely will be scrapped.  Another 825 vehicles in dealer inventory were damaged by Sandy and can't be sold.


Honda and Acura dealers expect to have to scrap about 3,400 vehicles, with scrappage decisions determined by dealers and their insurers.  Additionally, about 500 U.S.-built vehicles Honda was preparing to export from the port facility in Newark were also damaged.


Chrysler dealers lost about 750 vehicles from their stock, while the Hyundai Motor Co. U.S. unit lost 400 vehicles, and Kia Motor Corp. had about 200 vehicles damaged beyond repair.


Excerpted from the January 2013 edition of Autobody News Western Edition





Get Your ASCCA 

The Sign You Can Trust! Sign and WIN!!       






The ASCCA Public Relations slogan is designed 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 started 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.


Participation in The Sign You Can Trust! campaign will strengthen the public's awareness that ASCCA shops are the shops they can trust to meet their automotive needs.


NOW you can participate in the campaign AND win great prizes at the same time! For a limited time, members displaying the new sign along with their existing sign can be entered into a drawing to WIN! All you have to do is 1) purchase The Sign You Can Trust! sign for $20; 2) attach it to your shop with your ASCCA sign; and 3) take a photo and submit it to staff at calvidrez@amgroup.us. Each photo will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win one of our great prizes, which include:


  • Beautiful limited addition print by wildlife artist Sandra Jordan
  • Three cases of synthetic motor oil from Kendall Oil
  • $100 gift card
  • Made to order ASCCA jacket from G & K Services, Inc.    

In addition, the Chapter with the highest percentage of photos sent in from individuals will win (1) free admission to the 2013 ASCCA Summer Education Conference and 2 nights hotel accommodations! 


To submit photos for entry into the lottery, please send your photo to ASCCA staff at calvidrez@amgroup.us - please include your name, shop name, city, and Chapter number.  

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 Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us.




Nominate an ASCCA Member for Member of the Month!


The ASCCA Member of the Month is a new program developed by ASCCA leadership to recognize our members who go above and beyond to support our core purpose: To Elevate and Unite Automotive Professionals and Give Them Voice.


Each Member of the Month will receive a certificate and a $50 Visa gift card. Additionally, the member will be recognized on the ASCCA website homepage for one month, announced on Team Talk, featured in the WYNTK and in the California Independent.


YOU can nominate a Member of the Month by sending your recommendation to Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us. All nominations should include a summary of why your nominee should be considered for ASCCA's Member of the Month.


When making a recommendation, please use the following criteria:

  • Faithfully adheres to ASCCA code of ethics
  • Active proponent of ASCCA (both State and Chapter); talks up ASCCA to non-members
  • Actively helps oter shops succeed (both member and non-member shops)
  • Utilizes member benefits (ASCCA Advantage) and mentors new members utilizing benefits
  • Active in local Chapter (where applicable) and state events
  • Adds his/her voice to legislative issues; contacting representatives on key issues
  • Pays dues on time
  • Participates in/monitors Team Talk


Each nomination will be carefully reviewed and considered by the ASCCA Membership Committee. The pool of Members of the Month winners will be voted on by the Chapter Representatives Committee for Member of the Year to be honored at ASCCA's Summer Conference, June 21-23, 2013 at the Hilton Irvine Orange County.


For more information on the Member of the Month program, please contact Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us.




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