ASCCA What You Need To KnowDecember 8, 2014
Will it Soon Be Illegal to Repair Your Own Car?

Car enthusiasts and mechanics may be violating the law when they work on their own cars, says a non-profit watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Association. Since cars nowadays rely on computers extensively, modifying their computers in the course of repairs without a manufacturer's approval could be interpreted as a copyright violation. (Thanks, Rocky Khamenian for the heads-up about this article.)


Read the Nov. 25 article by Pete Bigelow at


Help Your Customers with Winter Travel
One-third of the public will be traveling by car somewhere for their winter holidays, and most of them will be traveling in their own cars. The reason for this is the very low gas prices in 2014, compared to the previous five years. You can help your customers by making sure they have a vehicle inspection if they are planning a long trip, and by seeing to oil changes, fluid and tire checks.

NASTF Founding Member John Cabaniss Retires

John Cabaniss has announced he will step down from the Board of Directors of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) on January 2, 2015. He will continue his voluntary service to the organization he helped create 14 years ago, however. "John has extensive knowledge about NASTF that we can't afford to lose," says ASCCA ex-officio board member Allen Pennebaker, Chair of the NASTF Board of Directors and owner of Orinda Motors in Orinda, California.

Tribute article by Bob Chabot of Manic Media

NASTF Press Release 


Announcing the Top 10 Best-Selling Cars in November
Pickup trucks and SUVs have become more popular lately, as gas prices have declined. has announced the top 10 best-selling cars in the last month, and it seems small SUVs are hot. Meanwhile, hybrid and EV sales plummeted as consumers became less concerned about the cost of gas.

ASCCA Member of the Month - December 2014

The ASCCA's member of the month for December is John Eppstein, owner of John's Automotive Care in San Diego. He has been in the automotive industry since 1985. John is active in the community through the Boys and Girls Club. He is a board member of ASCCA and also serves on the ASCCA Endorsements Committee. John is a member of ASCCA Chapter 24 and has served as its secretary, vice president, and chair of the Meetings Committee. He is also on the ASCEF Board of Trustees and his shop is an ASCEF Cars for Careers donation site.


Do you know someone deserving of being ASCCA Member of the Month? Nominate them! More info here

Click here to read about previous ASCCA members of the month.
Creative, Grassroots Marketing Helps Get Business in Slow Times
The owner of Leadfoot Linda's in Avon, Colorado, an independent auto shop, engages in non-traditional marketing to get customers coming in the door three to four times a year, even in slow times. He pounds the pavement and gives out doughnuts and calendars, shakes hands, and thanks other businesses for their referrals. It works. Other businesses and his clients feel his shop is part of the community and support him, even though his shop is more expensive than others.

Cadillac's New President Shares His Thoughts on Getting Cadillac Back on Top
Cadillac's new president, Johan de Nysschen, who took over Cadillac on August 1 after being at Audi, shared his thoughts on Facebook and was written up in Automobile Magazine. He has issued five new directives, aiming to get Cadillac back on top as a luxury car brand and make Cadillac cars more automated. 

Time is Running Out on a Member Benefit! 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 DADdy® 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.

Calendar: Upcoming Events

Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group (BAG) Meeting
January 15, 2015
DCA HQ2, 1747 North Market Blvd, Hearing Room 186
Sacramento, CA 



ASCCA Team Weekend
February 7-8, 2015
Double Tree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point W Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Click here for more information


Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group (BAG) Meeting
April 22, 2015
DCA HQ2, 1747 North Market Blvd, Hearing Room 186
Sacramento, CA 


Recall Notices from the NHTSA this Week

2007-2008 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX
Fuel Tank may Leak Due to Corrosion 

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In This Issue
Illegal to Repair Your Own Car?
Help Your Customers with Winter Travel
NASTF Founding Member Retires
Ten Best-Selling Cars in November
Member of the Month
Grassroots Marketing Helps Bring Customers
Cadillac's New President Speaks Out
DAD Device Discount
Recalls from NHTSA

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