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ASCCA Legislative Update - June 2022

From ASCCA Legislative Advocate, Jack Molodanof Below is the legislative update. Some bills were amended and have been added to the list, while other bills have died and have been removed from the list.  The catalytic converter theft bills have been narrowed down to five. The legislature is expected to approve a state budget by June 15 deadline. Will continue to monitor and report.  Click here to view

Automotive Service Councils of California Announces Corporate Partnership with Catalytic Converter Leader ACAT Global

Automotive Service Councils of California Announces Corporate Partnership with Catalytic Converter Leader ACAT Global

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) is proud to announce a new corporate partnership with ACAT Global Inc. Available for domestic and import vehicles, ACAT Global’s Metallic Series Catalytic Converters are US federal compliant and also California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant for many applications under the Executive Orders published on the CARB website.  “Our American-made metallic substrate catalytic converters meet both federal and California emission requirements yet cost much less than those currently on the market,” said Joe Moch, CEO of ACAT Global. “A local shop can easily replace an OEM catalytic converter with one of ours if a unit no longer functions or was stolen,”  ACAT Global manufactures sophisticated catalytic converters for internal combustion engine (ICE) applications worldwide. The company’s proprietary technology is engineered for the most demanding on and off-road pe ... read more

Join the 2023 ASCCA Board of Directors

Join the 2023 ASCCA Board of Directors

The ASCCA is pleased to call for nominations for seats open on the 2023 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 on or before August 1.  Click here for the nomination application

ASCCA Legislative Update - May 2022

From ASCCA Legislative Advocate, Jack Molodanof The catalytic converter bills are starting to narrow down.  A couple of catalytic converter bills failed and others were not heard. The next big hurdle for all bills is the Appropriations Committee, where the fiscal impact is determined. We will continue to monitor and report. Click here to view

April 20 - Bureau of Automotive Repair Advisory Group (BAG) Update

Prepared by ASCCA Legislative Advocacy Jack Molodanof   The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) held two regulatory workshops on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.  ASCCA Legislative Advocate Jack Molodanof and ASCCA Government Affairs Committee Chair David Kusa both attended the workshops.   The first workshop was on the updated Automotive Repair Dealer (ARD) application requirements and the second workshop was on the proposed Vehicle Safety Inspection program. Below is a summary of Jack Molodanof’ s takeaways from the workshops.   Updated ARD Application Regulations   The BAR is updating the automotive repair dealer application to comply with AB 471.  In addition to the current application requirements, the new proposal gives the auto repair dealer the opportunity to provide BAR nationally recognized and industry-accepted educational certifications (e.g., vehicle manufacturer, I-CAR, ASE or Certificate from an accredited educati ... read more

ASCCA Legislative Update by Jack Molodanof

From ASCCA Legislative Advocate, Jack Molodanof Below is the latest legislative update. Note that there are so many catalytic converter theft bills (12 bills so far) that at some point the legislature, most likely, will consolidate bills to only a couple of measures.  Bills are starting to be scheduled for first committee hearing.  We will continue to monitor and report Click here to view

New California Laws for 2022

Every year, hundreds of new laws are enacted that impact California automotive repair dealers. Below is a brief summary of key measures that take effect January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Click here to view

Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Proudly Announces Corporate Partnership with Facepay

Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) Proudly Announces Corporate Partnership with Facepay

SACRAMENTO, CA February 22, 2021 –  The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) is proud to announce its most recent corporate partnership with Facepay Inc, whose Relational Payments platform enables businesses to increase profits by eliminating credit card processing (transaction) fees.   Facepay’s disruptive technology allows business owners to adopt a modern payment structure with a low-cost, fixed monthly subscription instead of paying 2.5% of their revenues to credit card processors.  On average, the Facepay model adds $25,000 to a shop’s bottom line each year.  “Facepay integrates directly into the shop’s regular email and text messaging process through their management system and their digital vehicle inspection tool,” said Dr. Mark A. Hale, Founder and CEO of Facepay. “This type of seamless integration is something that drove o ... read more

January 2021 President's Message

January 2021 President's Message

Greetings ASCCA members and partners, We made it through 2020 and well into January 2021! We have all learned to be more resourceful and innovative managing our businesses. Challenging times do tend to make us stronger. However, many of us have lost family, friends and co-workers to the Covid-19 virus and are trying to deal with devastating losses. Together we will get through this pandemic. However, we will be changed because of the experience.   Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic ASCCA has helped to provide crucial resources, information, and contacts to move our businesses forward and survive this difficult time. It has also been helpful to network with other shop owners. I have found the support, feedback and insight to be extremely valuable in remaining creative and positive. Although Covid-19 has been extremely negative in many ways, it has only further solidified my dedication to ASCCA’s members and partners. ASCCA’s  ... read more

Governor Newsom announces tax relief and grants now available to business owners

BAR Stakeholders –   California Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized new tax relief and grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The Bureau of Automotive Repair is encouraging licensees to determine their eligibility for relief, which includes the following: Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 The Governor will direct the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to do the following: Provide an automatic three-month extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax on the return and extend the availability of existing interest and penalty free payment agreements to companies (with up to $5 million in taxable sales). Broaden opportunities for more businesses to enter into interest-free payment arrangements. Expand interest-free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions. $500 Million for New COVID Relief ... read more

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