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Team Weekend

September 27-29

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Sacramento, CA   




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California Ranks Second in Car-Operating Costs        

California is the second-most expensive state in which to operate a motor vehicle, according to a new study released by Bankrate.com.  The report weighed the costs of gasoline, insurance, repairs, taxes and fees in each state; California came in at $3,966 per year, significantly above the national average of $3,201.  Bankrate said that Georgia is the most expensive state, where a typical drive spends $4,233 annually.  Oregon is the cheapest state in which to operate a vehicle, with an annual cost of $2,204.  Bankrate credits the absence of a state sales tax and relative low car insurance costs; also, the typical Oregon resident drives 16 percent fewer miles than the national average.


Wyoming, Rhode Island, and Nevada rounded out the five most-expensive states.  Alaska, South Dakota, Montana and Indiana were the other least expensive states.



New Acting Bureau Chief Named    

Patrick Dorais has been named acting Chief, Bureau of Automotive Repair, following the retirement of John Wallauch.  He most recently served as BAR's Deputy Chief of Smog Check Operations, Engineering, Research, Administration and Consumer Assistance Division.


As deputy chief from 1995-1999, he was instrumental in the implementation of the enhanced Smog Check Program.  He served as acting chief and chief between 2000-2004.  In early 2004, Mr. Dorais was named deputy chief of the Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education where he served until his return to BAR in July 2007.


ASCCA has worked with Pat over the past several years on various matters, from regulatory proposals to Smog Check legislation to other matters relevant to the automotive repair industry.  He has also regularly participated in ASCCA's annual legislative day.


Prius Again Leads California Car Sales          

California new car sales continue to increase, with the Toyota Prius leading the way.  In the latest quarterly report from the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), new motor vehicle sales totaled 850,712 in the first half of 2013, a 12.5 percent increase over 756,324 in the same period last year.  CNCDA also reported that domestic brand registrations increased 19.3 percent in the first six months of 2013.


Second quarter new vehicle registrations totaled 447,054, up 12.4 percent from 397,689 in the second quarter of 2012.  CNCDA also predicts that new vehicle registrations in 2013 will total nearly 1.7 million, compared with 1.53 million in 2012, a 60 percent improvement from 2006, the low point in the recession.


The Toyota Prius continues to hold on to its lead as the best selling new car through the first half of the year.  The Prius hybrid, which comes in multiple variations, had 33,987 registrations, ahead of the 31,798 registrations for the Honda Civic.  Other top sellers statewide included the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla.  The Prius was also the best selling new car in California in 2012.


CNCDA also noted that California's hybrid retail market continues to lead the nation by a large margin.  Midyear retail registrations for new hybrid vehicles totaled more than 59,000, or nearly five times more than the next-closest state.




"I Read it on TeamTalk"     


The new BAR Reporter is out and has been renamed the "Auto Repair & Smog Check News".



New Tool to Make it Easier to Track Car Recalls   


A new federal auto recall search rule will make it easier for car owners and buyers to figure out whether a vehicle needs repair.  Under the rule, automakers must provide a free online tool that will allow owners, or those hunting for a used car, to enter a vehicle's 17-digit identification number and learn whether a specific vehicle is subject to a recall and whether it has been repaired.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is instituting the tool - with the support of the auto industry - in an effort to get more cars fixed.


Only about half of recalled vehicles are repaired, depending on the brand and model, according to industry estimates.  Manufacturers will devise their own search tools, which can be accessed at their websites or through a link at the NHTSA's SaferCar Web page.  They will be required to update the information at least weekly.


Information about recalls was already available online from NHTSA, but consumers had to make a general search by make and model year.  Using the VIN makes the search simpler and faster.




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California Ranks Second in Car-Operating Costs
New Acting Bureau Chief Named
Prius Leads California Car Sales
"I Read it on TeamTalk"
New Tool Makes it Easier to Trac Car Recalls
NASTF Meetings Scheduled
August Member of the Month

Jack Scrafield, North Hollywood Auto Repair, North Hollywood, CA

In his own words:
"I originally joined ASCCA Chapter 5 Foothill in 1985 as an associate member as I was managing the Los Angeles operations for Mission Uniform Service.  Through ASCCA Chapter 5 Foothill I developed many business relationships and numerous friends in the industry.  In 1990 I left Mission to pursue another career. 
In 1998 I was approached by a good friend that owned No. Hollywood Auto Parts and No. Hollywood Auto Repair.  My buddy wanted to focus his efforts on the parts business and asked if I would consider buying his repair business.  Since I was the one that enrolled him in membership at Chapter 5 years before, we both knew that I would have a support team in our friends at Chapter 5 with this endeavor. 


That is exactly what happened!  I immediately became involved with Chapter 5 again to learn from the other successful shop owners.  My background was in business, not automotive, so at first it was difficult, costly, frustrating and the process was slow.  However, I received only encouragement and direction from my ASCCA mentors.  It is important to point out here that involvement and participation are the keys to learning.  The more I gave of myself, the more I learned and the more my business grew.  There is no "Silver Bullet" in this process for a shop owner.  Through ASCCA involvement I was able to pick up  bits and pieces of information and ideas via general meetings, board meetings, conferences, and other ASCCA activities that when put together and correctly implemented these components made my automotive business grow.  Whether it was choosing a shop management software system, management training company, purchasing a scan tool, developing a work flow system, deciding on a customer retention marketing program, etc., ASCCA members have helped me with these and many more decisions from their invaluable experience.  The best part is that now I am in a position to help other new members"


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



NASTF Fall 2013, Spring 2014 Meetings Scheduled      


The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Fall 2013 General Meeting will be held 1 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific), Wednesday, November 6, 2013 during AAPEX/SEMA in Las Vegas. Information for this event is available at www.nastf.org.  NASTF General Meetings provide a rare opportunity for aftermarket technicians and shop owners to interact directly with key service operations managers employed by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automakers.


The NASTF General Meeting Planning Committee expects to release the Spring 2014 agenda and registration information in December. The event is scheduled for 1 PM to 4:30 PM (Pacific), Thursday, March 20 in the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport.


NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.  NASTF was incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization. Additional details can be found at www.nastf.org.



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