Automotive Service Councils of California


December 13, 2013

Calendar of Events

Team Weekend 

February 8-9, 2014
Embassy Suites, Sacramento 

2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Summit
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Embassy Suites, Sacramento, CA
Sponsored by ASCCA, CAWA, AAIA, CAT, and CalABC 


Photos of the December Team Weekend are posted on the ASCCA Facebook page!


For other calendar items, click here 

Armstrong's Workers' Comp Program for ASCCA Members: A Great Member Benefit   
Did you know that ASCCA offers a really good workers' comp program to its members? Contact Glen Dailey of Armstrong for details on how you can realize savings on the cost of your policy. You might find yourself insured with a better company for less money than you are paying now. Armstrong is an endorsed vendor for ASCCA and you should talk to them ahead of your workers' comp renewals.


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NASTF Newsletter Available Online
Click on the link below and read interesting and useful stories, including one on ASCCA member Allen Pennebaker's election to be the 2014 chair of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board of directors. 

NASTF December Newsletter 
BAR Provides Update on DAD Equipment and Certification Process
The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has sent out a letter to smog check station owners on the certification of new Smog Check test equipment for 2000 and newer model-year vehicles equipped with on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems, and the implementation of new test procedures for these vehicles.
The new BAR OBD Inspection System (BAR-OIS) will consist of a certified data acquisition device (DAD) and an off-the-shelf personal computer, bar code scanner, and printer. The DAD is the only component of the BAR-OIS system that requires certification.
AAIA Capital Report Offers Weekly Update on Legislative and Regulatory News for the Automotive Aftermarket
Click on the link below to read about how in Massachusetts, Right to Repair law has been signed by its governor, California is adding TCE toxicity -- in accordance with Prop 65 -- to the list of compounds causing male reproductive and developmental toxicity, there's a proposal to increase the federal gas tax by 15 cents per gallon, and much more.

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In This Issue
Calendar of Events Includes February Team Weekend
Workers' Comp Program for ASCCA Members
NASTF Newsletter
BAR Update on DAD Equipment and Certification
AAIA Capital Report
December Member of the Month



Member of the Month

Zarkis Martirosian, Bud Eberwein Automotive, Fresno, CA
In his own words:

I got involved in automotive repair because my uncle owned European Motors in San Jose for many years. At age 12, the idea of being able to repair something or build something was very intriguing to me. I also wanted to some day own a business like his.


I graduated with an AS degree from Fresno City College and went to work for Bud Eberwein Brake Service at age 20 in 1972. The day Bud interviewed me, I told him that one day I would buy him out. I worked for Bud for six years as a mechanic, then eight-and-a-half years managing the shop. I bought the shop from him in 1985. The business expanded and outgrew the building. Our current shop was built in 1987. I made Bud Eberwein Brake Service a full-service automotive shop in 1995.


What have I gained from ASCCA membership? Besides camaraderie and the development of deep friendships, ASCCA made me realize that being a business owner is not just about turning wrenches. While running that part of a business is OK, you have to be aware too that political and regulatory affairs can destroy your business. That awareness helped me decide to get involved in our ASCCA local chapter, to help protect my interests and the interests of my fellow shop owners.


I advise new ASCCA members to get involved in how the political and regulatory process works and understand how they can affect your business. Don't just depend on others to do it. Your voice is very important. Do not be intimidated by thinking you don't make a difference. Get involved in your local chapter and help build a network among your colleagues. That way, any time mechanical problems or other business issues arise, you can help each other.


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

Thank You ASCCA Diamond Sponsors!

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Founded in 1940, the Automotive Service Councils of California is the largest independent automotive repair organization in California. Its members represent all areas of the automotive repair industry, including mechanical, auto body, suppliers and educators.