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

We have nearly 200 "Likes" on our Facebook Page - We can do Better than that!  

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Please visit us on our Facebook page. We had to rebuild our page a few months back and would LOVE to get back to our 900+ likes. We're at less than 200 now - we can do MUCH better than that! Please like us if you haven't already. We share great industry information on our page, as well as association event notifications and even share pictures of the great work you are all doing. We look forward to your comments and shared experiences. We will continue to post information, links and events as a way to continue supporting our community and advancing our industry, but we need your help to make our page a great and useful resource. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to "Like" us as well! We look forward to hearing from you soon!


 Do you have your Sign You Can Trust Sign?
 There's still time to win GREAT PRIZES!



The Sign You Can Trust contest deadline is March 31! The chapter with the highest percentage of shops with the new sign will win 1 FREE ADMISSION to the 2013 Summer Conference INCLUDING a two night stay at the Hilton Irvine.

There will also be four winners drawn from the raffle who will have a chance to win:
  • Three cases of synthetic oil from Kendall Oil
  • Made to order ASCCA jacket from G & K Services
  • $100 Visa gift card
  • Beautiful limited edition print by wildlife artist Sandra Jordan

All you have to do is get your adjunct The Sign You Can Trust sign - take a picture - and email it to us.


To get your sign email Heather Vigil at hvigil@amgroup.us.

To send us a picture of your sign email it to Cindi Alvidrez at calvidrez@amgroup.us.

This is a great opportunity to introduce ASCCA shops to consumers as the quality shops in California who will meet their automotive needs.



Honda Recalling 250,000 Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has announced that it is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles globally, including sedans, minivans and SUVs, due to braking problems.  Four models are affected by the recall: the Odyssey minivan, Acura RL sedan, Acura MDX crossover SUV and Honda Pilot SUV, all made between 2004 and 2005.


The stability assist system in the vehicles may malfunction and the brake could operate even when the driver is not pressing the pedal. The vehicles may also brake more strongly than intended when the system malfunctions.  No accidents or injuries have been reported from the problem.  About 183,500 Pilot, MDX and RL vehicles in the United States are affected by the recall. Honda is also recalling 57,000 vehicles in Japan, including about 42,566 Odyssey minivans.  Cars in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand will also be recalled.


Honda declined to say how much the recall will cost or where it got the problematic parts.



BAR Advisory Group Meeting Handouts Now Available Online
The Bar Advisory Group has made meeting handouts for the February 13, 2013 meeting available online.

Please click here to access the handouts.



It's Not Always About Money
Originally published in AutoInc.
Here are some non-monetary related benefits that employees value that you cannot put a price tag on:
  • Clean/safe work environment
  • Good equipment
  • Family atmosphere
  • Caring management
  • Respect
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Good company reputation
  • Shared company vision
  • Positive company attitude
  • Regular one-on-one meetings for employee/employer improvement and growth
  • Support charities that resonate with employees 


Do you have your Sign You Can Trust sign?
Honda Recalling 250,000 Vehicles
BAR Advisory Group Meeting Handouts Available Online
Nominate an ASCCA Member of the Month
March Member of the Month

Cindy Brown, Connie & Dick's Automotive Service, Claremont, CA


In her own words: "Scott, my husband and I have owned Connie & Dick's Automotive Service Center, Inc. since 1996. My husband inspired me to become more involved in our business about 10 years ago. Almost 5 years ago he told me he had a wonderful opportunity to help take IATN (a second business) to new levels and I have been running Connie & Dick's Automotive, Inc. since.


Running our shop has been a huge learning curve for me. I had to step into some big shoes (Scott's), so I re-branded our business as woman-owned-and-run and continued with great business training classes and attended trade shows with training.


It's been a wonderful experience, my customers love knowing I run the business and my employees have expressed very positive feelings too.


ASCCA has been a part of our world for as long as my husband has been a Tech. It's an honor being part of an association dedicated to the improvement and growth of our businesses and our industry. ASCCA keeps me updated on what's going on in the state and in my own backyard - giving us a voice in legislative matters.


The discounted programs and services offered ONLY to ASCCA members can really add up. My membership dues are much less when I take into account all the great savings from ASCCA benefit providers. With everything ASCCA has to offer my favorite benefit is our Chapter meetings (I'm Vice President of Chapter 14), each month we get to meet and network, talk about our month, share marketing ideas, and just know that everyone goes through the same things - or it can just lift someone up who needs it.


To those thinking about joining ASCCA, what are you waiting for? This is the best decision you will ever make for you and your business. You will meet and make some of the best friends in your life. You will find a chance to grow in your Chapter as well - so get involved and help out anyway you can!" 


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


Calendar of Events

Legislative Day

Tuesday April 16, 2013

Eureka Room (Basement Level)

California State Capitol

Click here for full agenda.

Click here for Fly-In information


Summer Conference 

June 21-23 

Irvine, CA

Hotel Rate: $99 

Hotel Reservation: 1-800-445-8667


Online Registration NOW Available!   

 Click here for the Attendee Brochure. 



Team Weekend

September 27-29

Embassy Suites Sacramento

Sacramento, CA 



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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