Automotive Service Councils of California


January 24, 2014

ASCCA Proudly Announces New Member Benefit: Phillips 66 Kendall GT-1 Motor Oil   

ASCCA is proud to announce its most recent member benefit, Phillips 66 Kendall GT-1 Motor Oil.


ASCCA members will benefit from unique pricing, promotions, and product support. Details can be found in the press release.


Press Release


For a Limited Time, Applus Smog DADdy Available to ASCCA Members at a Discount


ASCCA is pleased to announce that Applus Technologies, Inc. ("Applus") is offering our members a discount of 15% off the retail price toward the purchase of each full package Applus Smog DADdy. 


This offer will expire February 28, 2014, so act quickly! ASCCA members will receive their discount immediately upon purchase.


Your purchase will help to support the association; Applus will make a 5% contribution to the association for every purchase.


ASCCA members can also choose Applus's convenient installment payment plan to obtain the full package. Simply pay $208 down and $208 per month for 24 months (subject to credit approval) and you can choose between either the wired or wireless Smog DADdy full package.


To obtain the discount, ASCCA members must do so through the Applus+ website and enter promotion code "ASCCA" in the appropriate space on the order form. For those ASCCA members who wish to pay via the installment plan, download the form and write "ASCCA" across the top before submitting it in accordance with the instructions.


Any questions or concerns can be directed to:

Lisa Meyer, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Applus+ Technologies, Inc.

Office: (847) 616-6103

Cell:  (312) 515-7169


ASCCA's Exclusive Uniform Provider, G&K Services, Keeps Cost to Members Low

G&K Services - the exclusive endorsed uniform supplier for ASCCA - did not increase prices to ASCCA members effective November 2013. In total, there has been one, single 2% price increase in the three years of the ASCCA/G&K Services partnership. This predictability in G&K price points is another benefit of the G&K/ASCCA uniform program. 

Please contact Rob Faulkenberry at G&K for more information on the G&K/ASCCA program. or 303-591-4102. 

Automakers and Aftermarket Move to Preserve Consumer Choice in Auto Repair

from "AAIA SmartBrief"

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), the Association of Global Automakers (Global), the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Coalition for Automotive Repair Equality have announced their collective acceptance of a national agreement to ensure consumer choice in post-warranty auto repair, ending the longstanding "Right to Repair" debate within the industry. 


The national agreement is based on a recent law finalized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Chapter 165 of the Acts of 2013). The signed Memorandum of Understanding extends the essential provisions for all light vehicles negotiated in the Massachusetts law nationwide; it affects all companies and organizations that are members of the signatory associations. This national agreement ensures the Alliance, Global, AAIA and CARE will stand down in their fight on "Right to Repair" and work collectively to actively oppose individual state legislation while our respective groups work to implement this MOU. In the meantime, the parties agree that further state legislation is not needed and could serve to weaken the effectiveness and clarity of the MOU.


Open for Business:
OEM Scan Tool Resource Center

from "NASTF Newsletter"

The NASTF/ASA Scan Tool Resource Center is open for business thanks to the hard work, persistence and dedication of Donny Seyfer (Owner, Seyfer Automotive, Wheat Ridge, CO). On the date of introduction, January 23, 2014, three tools from three OEMs, Ford, Suzuki & VW/Audi are reviewable on this valuable service. Another seven tools will soon be introduced individually to the "Scan Tool Resource Center" as their product details are ready for publication. Scan tool pages for the remaining eleven OEMs not yet listed have been difficult to obtain but now that this website feature is introduced, Seyfer expects an increase in OEM interest to participate.


The SCAN TOOL RESOURCE CENTER is a joint project of the NASTF Service Information Committee and the Mechanical Operations Committee of the Automotive Service Association. Seyfer is a member of both committees.


Donny Seyfer will be speaking during the ASCCA Summer Conference on June 28 : Summer Conference Info


You Can Still Register for the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Summit

Sponsored by ASCCA, CAWA, AAIA, CAT, and CalABC  
Saturday, February 8

Team Weekend
February 8-9
Embassy Suites Sacramento Promenade 
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814 
P: 1-916-326-5000 * F: 1-916-236-5001
ROOM RESERVATIONS: All attendees must make their own room reservations. There are three ways to make your room reservations:
  1. Click here to make hotel reservations
  2. Go to and make a reservation using the group/convention code: ASC
  3. Call 1-800-498-5237 

J-2534 Issues to Headline NASTF@ATE March 20

from "The NASTF Newsletter"

The popularity of J-2534 issues in the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Service Information Requests (SIR), help line calls and social media discussions drew the attention of NASTF volunteers. They have made this topic-number-one for the March 20 NASTF Spring 2014 General Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington, 1-4pm (PT) on the day prior to the opening of the Automotive Training Expo (ATE), presented by ASA Northwest.


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In This Issue
New Member Benefit: Phillips 66 Kendall GT-1 Motor Oil
SmogDADdy Available at a Discount
G&K Uniform Services Benefits ASCCA Members
Major Victory for Independent Automotive Aftermarket
OEM Scan Tool Resource Center
Register Now for the Industry Summit
J-2534 Issues Headlined at NASTF@ATE
January Member of the Month Robert Salerno
CAWA Connections Update


January Member of the Month:
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Honorary Lifetime member Robert Salerno of Salerno's Auto Service Center in Redlands, CA (ASCCA Chapter 14)

In his own words: I was inspired to get into automotive repair early on. If my mother was alive today, she would tell you that starting at the age of two I took everything apart just to see what made it work. My dad at times wanted to terminate my life because he found some of those things in pieces. At age 15, for $50 I purchased a 1930 Model A sedan with a damaged engine. With the help of Sears, Roebuck & Company, and reading some books, I was able to overhaul the engine. With financial support from my lawn business I got that fine vehicle running. I also worked for a body man and painter at a local Pontiac dealership, in exchange for their free labor to paint my car. Then there was an opening for a new car-get ready helper. So my love of automobiles and of taking things apart became my road to a lifelong career.


I became an automotive shop owner because my parents didn't like the idea of my being an automotive mechanic. The long hours I spent redesigning four-cylinder engines into V8s, lowering vehicles, along with the loud exhaust became total frustration for my parents. Then there was marriage and children. I still had a desire to do something I liked. My first love was working on vehicles, and with the approval of my first wife we borrowed money to open a service station. That was 37 years ago and since then I have owned several service stations, until eventually I felt the need for a larger shop. March 10, 2014 will mark 48 years in business.


Here's how I got involved with ASCCA. Never be in a meeting and have to go to the bathroom! What happened on April 15, 1980 was the beginning of 34 years of involvement with ASCCA. I was at an ASCCA meeting and at the end our executive director John Goodman said to me and the membership that I would be a leader of the association. Like a lot of shop owners, I said, "No way, I do not have the time." "Yes, you will make the time and effort," said the person next to me (now longtime friend and adviser Dale Bright). Three shop owners were installed that evening and I was the last one chosen. What happened was I came out of the bathroom to find a group of people standing up and applauding my return to the room. I asked what had happened. Dale replied, "You have been voted in as a chapter board member." At another meeting later on this happened again -- I took a bathroom break only to come back and hear President Pete Peterson state that I had been voted in as mechanical governor (chapter representative today).


Nine years later I was elected to the State Board. In 1991 was voted to serve on the executive committee. After 14 years I retired to become a chapter representative and serve on my chapter board. I gained friendships throughout the United States, knowledge of how the government operates, and had the benefit of belonging to an organization of people with the same professional concerns as me. With this backing I walked into representatives' offices and had them shake my hand and listen to our presentations. Senators and assemblymen were calling me asking for my input on items of concern to small business owners. Also, I have profited and gained so much knowledge from many shop owners over the years just by the discussions we have had in our meetings. The best business decision I ever made was joining ASCCA because it has made me a better business owner and a better person.


The group of shop owners that we have now are more knowledgeable than us old timers. My love for our association is still strong and I am proud to be part of ASCCA. Without the work of volunteers we wouldn't be as strong as we are. Without membership we are just alone in our shops. When you look around the table at meetings and conferences you can see we are all individuals working together. I stated one time at a meeting that we are not competitors -- we are comrades in the same industry. We must all work together to make a better image for the automotive industry. Amen! 


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