ASCCA What You Need To KnowJune 29, 2015
Happy 4th of July from your ASCCA staff! Our office will be closed for the holiday on Friday, July 3, 2015.


ASCCA Scholarship Awards Presented at De Anza College
ASCCA presented scholarship awards at De Anza College at an awards breakfast this past Friday, June 26. Larry Moore, a De Anza alum and the winner of the Foundation's distinction for the most vehicle donations to Cars for Careers in fiscal year 2014-15, had the honor of presenting the awards. Pete Vernazza posed with the award winners.

Click here to see photos from the awards ceremony

Chapter 99 Founding Father Tom Bryant Passes Away
We regret to inform you that we have lost one of Chapter 99's founding members, Tom Bryant, who passed away on June 9 in Redding. Tom established Bryant Automotive in 1968 and the family business is still operating today. Tom loved to race at Bonneville and was part of the 200 mph club, driving 217.236 mph with the Pierson Coupe. He was also a member of the East Redding Rotary Club. Many had him as a teacher and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life was held on June 20.

July 1: Deadline for Board Nominations

The ASCCA is pleased to call for nominations for the 7 seats open for the 2016 Board of Directors. Participation on the ASCCA Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for automotive repair professionals to help guide the state's largest organization of independent auto shop owners in shaping the future of the industry and building a stronger industry. Board participation is a chance to grow personally and professionally, and to develop skills, experience and connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals. Applications are due July 1 and can be obtained via the link below.


Application for BOD


Jack Molodanof: The Do's and Don'ts of Advertising
ASCCA's own Jack Molodanof was interviewed a few months ago by Autobody News about the do's and don'ts of body shop advertising. It applies to independent auto shops as well. He cautions that unlawful advertising -- even if you didn't know the information in your ad was misleading -- can get repair shops into big trouble.

Good News for Career Technical Education (CTE): Governor Signs Bill Authorizing Funding for CTE

Finally, some good news for Career Technical Education (CTE), says ASCCA Legislative Advocate Jack Molodanof. The Governor signed trailer bill AB 104 as part of the State Budget.  The bill includes funding for the CTE incentive grant program for the next three years to encourage and maintain delivery of CTE programs. CTE funding will be $400 million for 2105-16; $300 Million for 2016-17; and $200 million for 2017-18. 


Read details of the CTE grant program (starting on page 73)

July 1: Points Go Down for Countertop Displays

SoCal sent in one entry this past week, worth 2 points, so the score is now NorCal 169, SoCal 141. From now until June 30 contest entries are worth 2 points (plus a bonus point for having both displays). Need a display? Have a contest photo to send in? Email [email protected].


Updates on the contest are posted on Facebook.


Kelley Blue Book: New Car Sales in June Rise Nearly 6 Percent
New car sales rose for the sixteenth month in a row, according to Kelley Blue Book. 1.5 million units are expected to be sold in June, a 5.8 percent increase compared to a year ago. Total first-half of the year sales are 8.53 million, the highest first-half since 2005. Total sales for this year are projected to be 17.1 million units, the highest overall total since 2001.

Read the article from Ratchet & Wrench

Do not forget that July 1 is the effective date of the new California Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law. ASCCA's lobbyist Jack Molodanof has this tip for ASCCA members: The Department of Industrial Relations has developed a set of FAQs on their website that will help you understand the requirements.

Division of Labor Standards Poster


CarMD: California is 4th Most Expensive State for Car Repairs
California has one of the highest check engine-related car repair costs, according to an annual report prepared by CarMD. The average car repair cost (parts and labor) in California after the check engine light illuminates the dashboard is $438, compared to a national average of $390.

Donate to ASCCA's Advocacy Fund

We're approaching $4,000 in the ASCCA Advocacy Fund, thanks to the recent raffle at the summer conference! Thank you to everyone who has donated! ASCCA established this fund to enhance our advocacy with the state legislature (e.g., legislative advocate's travel, ASCCA's annual legislative day lobbying, Government Affairs Committee initiatives). Help us reach our goal of $30,000, donate today.


AAA Study on Annual Cost to Own and Operate a Vehicle Finds Cost Declining to $8,698

Due primarily to declines in gas prices and finance charges, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle has fallen to $8,698, a nearly 2 percent drop from last year, according to AAA's 2015 Your Driving Costs study. Annual maintenance costs were up slightly, the study found. Also, most drivers are behind schedule on routine maintenance.


Read the study


New! Dental and Vision Insurance for ASCCA Members 
ASCCA has a new member benefit: Group dental and vision benefits for you and your employees. ASCCA now has great dental and vision options to offer you through an agreement with Coremark Insurance Services. Details are provided in the brochure below. 

Click here for the brochure that covers the dental and vision program

Have You Checked Out Jerry Seinfeld's Online Show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee?"

Jerry Seinfeld shows off classic cars in his online series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." In the show, he interviews celebrities while driving around a city, and then continues the interviews at a coffee shop. A recent episode featured a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible and comedian Steve Harvey.


Watch an episode


iATN Discounts Available to ASCCA Members

The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) is the world's first and largest online network of automotive service industry professionals. Since 1995, iATN has been providing outstanding service industry resources to members worldwide. ASCCA members can enjoy a $9-per-month discount off of the regular price of iATN Business+ premium membership, at $45-per-month.  This membership provides your shop with up to 5 premium access accounts.

Link to iATN's website


Help ASCCA Grow with the Special Membership Drive Tied to ASCCA's 75th Anniversary

To commemorate ASCCA's 75th Anniversary and help grow our members, our Board of Directors approved a limited offer to new members: $75 membership, starting now! Help us grow the association by recruiting new members! Chapters can sweeten the pot by adding their own incentive. Fine print: $55 application fee applies; Canceled members in the last 12 months are not eligible; No point/spiff for One Member Can! campaign; Regular (ARD) members only.


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


G&K Services' First Aid Services Improve Workplace Safety
G&K Services offers several first aid kits and cabinets for mobile units and shops, which exceed all industry regulations, including OSHA and ANSI standards. Other new products include blood borne pathogen kits and a first aid responder eye wash station. For more information, email Leslie Kipnis or call 949-877-2750, or email Kathryn Kuskie or call 562-246-3022.

Thank You ASCCA Sponsors!

Armstrong & Associates

BG Products

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In This Issue
Scholarship Awards at De Anza College
Tom Bryant Passes Away
Call for Board Nominations
Do's and Don'ts of Advertising
CTE Funding in New State Budget
Contest Update
New Car Sales Rise in June
July 1: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Starts
California 4th Most Expensive for Repairs
Legislative Advocacy Fund
Costs to Own and Operate a Vehicle Down
New! Dental and Vision Insurance
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
iATN Discounts for ASCCA Members
New $75 Membership Drive
ESi Courses at a Discount!
G&K Services New Products


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