Automotive Service Councils of California


December 20, 2013
Happy Holidays from the ASCCA staff! Our office will be closed for the holidays on December 24 - 25 and January 1.

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 
2014 Industry Summit Agenda 


For other calendar items, click here 

DTSC Posts FAQs for the California Brake Pad Law
A new brake pads law (SB 346 Kehoe) that affects all auto repair shops takes effect January 01, 2014. Basically, shops cannot sell brake pads that have copper in them past this date, and must deplete their old stock by 2023. Most, if not all, brake pad manufacturers are already supplying the legal product.
In response to a request by ASCCA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) answered ASCCA's most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the brake pad law, and also posted the FAQs on their website under Auto Repair Shops. ASCCA representatives Jack Molodanof, Craig Johnson, Ted Walters and Gloria Peterson met with DTSC last week on the matter. DTSC has also agreed to attend and provide an update at the next BAG meeting scheduled for January 9, 2014.
Average Fuel Economy for U.S. Vehicles Reaches Record High 
A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report states that vehicles sold in the U.S. attained a new fuel-economy record of 23.6 miles per gallon (mpg) for model year 2012 - a 1.2 mpg increase over 2011. According to the report, overall average mpg has increased in seven of the last eight years. Encouraged by the progress shown in the report, advocates for stricter fuel economy standards are confident that the vehicle manufacturers will be able to meet their lofty regulatory goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025 despite the fact that it is very early in the fuel economy regulatory program.   
EPA identified a number of factors that contributed to this steady rise in fleet-wide fuel economy: the decrease in market share of light trucks on the road; average vehicle weight and power leveling out; new technologies for both gasoline-powered, as well as alternative fuel vehicles; more fuel efficient vehicle choices for consumers; and the fact nearly all manufacturers saw increases in their own average fuel economy numbers last year.  
Mazda Motor Corp. led the pack with an average of 27.1 mpg, while Honda Motor Co. came in second with 26.6 mpg and had a 2.5-mpg increase over 2011, the biggest improvement of any manufacturer. General Motors Co. was third to last with 21.7 mpg; Daimler AG, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, was second to last with 21.1 mpg; and Fiat SpA, which owns Chrysler Group LLC, rounded out the bottom with 20.1 mpg.  
The full report can be accessed here:
Congresswoman Seeks Update on Magnuson-Moss Guidance Document

On Dec. 13, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking for a status update on a 2011 request for comments to update the implementation guidance for the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The letter is on the heels of Blackburn posing a question regarding the status of the implementation guidance directly to the FTC commissioners during a Congressional hearing on Dec. 3.

The letter, addressed to FTC Chair Edith Ramirez, relates to the Aug. 23, 2011 Federal Register notice from the FTC that requested comments on whether the FTC should expand their interpretation of the section of the law that makes it illegal for manufacturers to require the use of certain products or services in order to maintain their product's warranty. AAIA submitted comments to the commission requesting that additional information on their warranty rights be provided to consumers both when they purchase the product and when they are denied a warranty claim due to the use of an aftermarket part or service. However, after more than two years, the FTC has yet to issue implementation update.

Blackburn did not ask for a particular decision from the commission, but simply sought updates on behalf of the automotive aftermarket in four areas: 1) The status of the review regarding the "Interpretations, Rules and Guides: Its Interpretations of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act" document; 2) Any actions on this matter that have been taken, but not reported publicly; 3) The commission's anticipated timeline for this review going forward; 4) The status of investigation of the attached complaints that been submitted by the aftermarket groups to the FTC for a response.


AAIA is awaiting a response from the FTC.

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In This Issue
Calendar of Events
FAQs on Brake Pad Law
Fuel Economy at Record High
Magnuson-Moss Update Sought
December Member of the Month
AAIA Capital Report



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!

AAIA Capital Report Offers Weekly Update on Legislative and Regulatory News for the Automotive Aftermarket
Click on the link below to read about imports of the refrigerant 134a from China, more on the Magnuson-Moss Guidance Document, requirements to mix ethanol fuel with standard fuel, and much more.
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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.