ASCCA What You Need To KnowJanuary 20, 2015
It's on! 2nd Annual ASCCA Countertop Display Contest Starts Right Now! Look in the Mail for Your Display

The ASCCA Public Relations Committee is kicking off the second annual countertop display contest. NorCal vs. SoCal. Remember how much fun we had with this last year? Last year NorCal won. 200 shops participated and we expect at least 300 to participate this year! Our goal is to get the ASCCA name out in front of the public and let them know ASCCA shops have a high level of trust for their auto repairs!


Flyer on the contest

Send contest entry photos to [email protected]


Last Week's BAR Advisory Group Meeting Included Discussion of OBD Inspection Systems, Automotive Resource Center, Career Technical Education, Prop 65, and More 
On January 15, 2015, ASCCA members Tracy Renee, Mary Kemnitz, and Dave Kemnitz joined ASCCA legislative advocate Jack Molodanof to represent our association at the BAR Advisory Group meeting in Sacramento. Jack wrote a summary of what transpired at the meeting, which you can read here.

Find Out More About ASCCA's Legislative Advocate Jack Molodanof in Parts & People 
ASCCA's legislative advocate Jack Molodanof is featured in Parts & People in an article by Steve Sharp. Growing up, Jack's family owned an automotive business in San Jose, so his heart's in the right place when it comes to representing ASCCA at the Capitol.

Reprinted with permission from Parts & People

Notice of Statewide OBD Inspection System (OIS) Implementation 3/9/15

The BAR has issued a notice that, as of March 9, 2015, smog check stations must use an OBD Inspection System to test 2000 and newer model-year gasoline-powered vehicles, 1998 and newer diesel-powered vehicles, and all hybrid vehicles. There are other requirement too, so read on.


BAR Notice with all the details


What? You haven't registered yet for Team Weekend?
ASCCA's meeting planner Lauren Stoddard has pulled a few strings and gotten the group hotel room block deadline extended until this Friday, January 23. Please make your hotel room reservations as soon as possible to secure a room. ASCCA's Team Weekend will be held on February 7-8, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento.

Secure your accommodations here

Click here to register

Click here for the Schedule of Events


ASCCA's Member of the Month for January:  David Kusa 
David Kusa of AutoTrend Diagnostics in Campbell is ASCCA's Member of the Month. He is very active in Chapter 42 and currently serves as a board member and chapter representative. Dave has helped several new shops become ASCCA members. Dave advocates with local legislators on behalf of small businesses and their employees. He contributes to TeamTalk and is a huge resources for members.

Read more about David Kusa's nomination here.
Read about past members of the month here
Did You Know? Jaywalking Was Made Up Because of Cars

In early days of the automobile, it was drivers' duty to avoid pedestrians, not pedestrians' duty to avoid cars. But as cars became more common, streets became a place for cars and suddenly it was a pedestrian's fault if he or she got hit by a car. Thus was invented the crime of jaywalking.


Read all about it


2015 NASTF Board Welcomes 3 New Volunteers

Among those recently re-elected to the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board of directors for a 3-year term was Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda Motors. Pennebaker represents the Automotive Service Councils of California in the NASTF category for an independent service provider. Two other current volunteers were re-elected and two new members were elected.


Read the NASTF press release


Average Fuel Economy Slated to be 54.5 mpg by 2025 -- Is that Asking too Much? 

At a Detroit auto event, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler wondered if the U.S. government requirement for an average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025 was a reasonable time frame. The goal can be achieved, but at what price? Consumer demand for hybrid and electric cars is falling and automakers offer diesel engines and a high-speed transmission to boost fuel economy.


Read the article from The Detroit Free Press


Calendar: Upcoming Events

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
There are so many recalls from NHTSA each week that it is becoming impossible to keep up with them. Therefore, here are links to a few places that list the recalls as they come in.

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In This Issue
Countertop Display Contest Kicks Off!
BAR Advisory Group Meeting Summary
Update on OBD Inspection System
Register for Team Weekend!
Member of the Month
How Jaywalking Became a Crime
NASTF Board Welcomes New Volunteers
54.5 mpg by 2025 - Asking to Much?
Recalls from NHTSA
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