ASCCA What You Need To KnowFebruary 2, 2015
ASCCA's Member of the Month for February: Darren Gilbert
Darren Gilbert of Gilbert Motor Service in Alhambra is ASCCA's Member of the Month for February 2015. He is very active in Chapter 5 and currently serves as chapter president. Darren has brought in several new ASCCA members and promotes our association every chance he gets. He lobbies for ASCCA members at our annual legislative days and attends all summer conferences. Darren also sets up classes for members and is always willing to help others. Congratulations, Darren!

Read about past members of the month here

Team Weekend is Almost Here! Have You Registered?
ASCCA's Team Weekend will be held on February 7-8, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento. Leadership training will start at 9 AM (rather than 8 AM) to facilitate a Board of Directors officer election. Group pricing and rooms may not be guaranteed based on availability. If you would like assistance, email Lauren, ASCCA meeting manager: [email protected].

Secure your accommodations here

Click here to register

Click here for the Schedule of Events


Parts & People Features ASCCA Member Mike Larbre

Larbre Automotive owner Mike Larbre, from Sonoma, was featured in Parts & People in December, in an article by Steve Sharp. Mike talks about taking automotive classes in high school, and how his gratitude for his mentors has led him to employ high school and junior college students in his own shop so he can share his passion for cars with the next generation.


Read the article here

(Reprinted with permission from Parts & People)


Thanks to Postal Delivery Schedules, NorCal Takes Early Lead in Countertop Display Contest, 26-0

The ASCCA's countertop display contest has gotten underway with the first entries received the week of January 26-30, all of them from 8 Northern California shops. Presumably NorCal shops got the displays in the mail earlier than SoCal shops because they were closer to the shipping point of Sacramento. Entries are posted on Facebook and that's where all fun and trash talking is going on. Join in!


Flyer on the contest

Send contest entry photos to [email protected]


20 Worst Cars of All Time

These cars "smoked like an Iraqi oil fire, when they ran at all, and often lacked even the most basic of amenities, like brake lights or turn signals." Which model was it? Everyone's got an opinion on the worst cars ever. Here's The Street's view on this topic.


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Carpooling Has Declined Because the Number of Cars Per Household Has Gone Up

In 1970, one in five workers carpooled to work. Today, one in ten workers carpool. Why? Well, the answer is smaller households and more cars per household. Driving has become more affordable in the past 45 years. Read on to find the reasons for that.


Read the article from Vox


Member Discount Alert! ASCCA Partners with Educational Seminars Institute (ESi) for Discounted Courses

Seminar courses are normally $149.95. ASCCA members pay only $95 per attendee -- a savings of almost $55 per class! Service writer courses are normally $1,500. ASCCA members pay only $950 per attendee!


Click here to take advantage of this offer


Electric Vehicle Driving Along the West Coast Gets a Boost

Fast-charging EV networks are in the works along the West Coast thanks to a joint effort by BMW and VW. The two German automakers will construct about 100 charging stations in "express charging corridors" from San Diego to Portland. By the end of this year, an electric vehicle driver could go from San Diego to Portland using the vehicle charging network.


Read the article from the L.A. Times


BMW Declines the Request to Share Connected Car Data to Third Parties
BMW is declining to share connected car data with U.S. technology companies and advertisers. The standards on privacy in Europe are stricter than in the U.S. regarding connected car data sharing. At issue is how much consumers care about privacy concerns.

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
February Member of the Month: Darren Gilbert
Register for Team Weekend!
Larbre Automotive in Parts & People
Countertop Display Contest
20 Worst Cars Ever
The Death of Carpooling
ESi Courses at a Discount!
Fast-Charging EV Network Being Built
BMW Won't Share Connected Car Data
Recalls from NHTSA

ASCCA Team Weekend

February 7-8, 2015 



Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group (BAG) Meeting
April 22, 2015
Aacramento, CA 

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