ASCCA What You Need To KnowSeptember 22, 2014
Countertop Display Election Result in Limbo for Six Days
The outcome of ASCCA'S countertop display contest will remain in doubt for six more days as contest officials tabulate and audit the approximately 200 entries send in from all across our vast state.

ASCCA 2014 President Mary Kemnitz claimed victory for NorCal on the basis of her own impromptu surveys of members, but SoCal Board Director Rocky Khamenian said he wasn't ready to concede and his own count had SoCal winning. The final and official count will be presented at the Chapter Representatives Meeting at the September Team Weekend, at 10 AM on Sunday, September 28.

Last Chance to Register for Team Weekend
Register today for the ASCCA's September Team Weekend held on September 27-28 in Sacramento. Attend and find out who won the countertop display contest! 

Got questions? Email Lauren Stoddard or call 800.810.4272. 
ASCCA Member Mitch Schneider: Don't Lose Touch with Customers
ASCCA member Mitch Schneider, owner of Schneider's Auto Repair in Simi Valley, cautions in this week's Ratchet and Wrench that auto shop owners should beware of relying too much on social media to build their business. While social media is another way to connect to customers, it can't take the place of personally getting to know your customers, shaking their hands, and explaining repairs to them face to face.


ASCCA Member of the Month - September
The ASCCA's member of the month for September is Raul Salgado of Raul's Auto Repair in Azusa and Covina; he is a member of ASCCA Chapter 5 (Foothill)Raul was inspired to become involved in automotive repair by ASCCA members, particularly Gene Morrill and Craig Johnson. He was able to own and run his very successful repair shop through hard work, training, and by having the right people working for him. From being an ASCCA member, he has gained a network of friends and created the best shop. He advises new ASCCA members to get to know their fellow ASCCA members and get involved with their local chapter. If you are not a member, Raul says to become a member as soon as possible!

Click here to read about previous ASCCA members of the month.
ASCCA Summer Conference Speaker Donny Seyfer Offers Advice on Scan Tools
Donny Seyfer of Seyfer Automotive in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who was a featured speaker at this past summer's ASCCA conference, offers advice this week in Ratchet and Wrench about how choosing the right diagnostic scan tool can increase your shop's profitability. Every shop has different uses for diagnostic equipment, he says, and there are steps to be followed to decide the right ones for your shop.

Is the NHTSA Too Close to the Auto Industry?
A column in notes that too often former high-ranking National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) employees go on to work on behalf of the auto industry they were regulating. Is this "revolving door" causing the NHTSA to be lax in enforcing recalls?

2014 Auto Care Association Impact Award Winners Include One from California
When the Auto Care Association announced its 2014 Four for the Future Impact Award winners on Sept. 17, one of the recipients was from California. Michael Rukov, Product and Marketing Manager at One Stop Parts Source in Orange County, was one of four award winners. The annual award honors aftermarket professionals age 40 or younger who have made remarkable contributions within the aftermarket industry. Congratulations, Michael, and thanks for representing California so well!

Member Benefit Extended! ASCCA Discount on DAD Device Good Through the End of this Year
Applus Technologies, Inc. ("Applus") is pleased to offer ASCCA members a 15% discount off the retail price of each Applus Smog DADdyŽ full system. To obtain the discount, Applus Technologies asks that ASCCA members wishing to purchase the units order on their website and enter promotion code "ASCCA" in the appropriate space on the order form.  

This offer will expire December 31, 2014. ASCCA members will receive their discount immediately upon purchase. In cases where established members have made purchases prior to the date of this agreement, Applus will adjust the purchase price to reflect the aforementioned discount.

Recall Notices from the NHTSA This Week
2011-2012 Mercedes-Benz, various models
TPMS Indicator

2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350
Parking Lamps Too Bright

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Rear Axle Control Arms may Break

2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo; 2009 Pontiac G3
Brake Fluid may Corrode Brake Module

2008-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser and Tacoma
Incorrect Tire Placard Information

2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala
Conosole Storage Compartment Latch

2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric; 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric
Motor Electronics Coolant Pump Failure

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In This Issue
Countertop Display Contest
September Team Weekend
Don't Lose Touch With Customers
ASCCA Member of the Month
Advice on Scan Tools
Is the NHTSA Too Close to the Auto Industry?
Auto Care Association Awards
Applus DAD Device Discount Extended
Recalls from NHTSA

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