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

New California Laws for 2021

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, 2021, unless otherwise noted. Click here to view

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Top 10 Laws that Repair Shops Should Know But Don't

From Aftermarket Matters July 1, 2020 Jack Molodanof, ASCCA legislative advocate, shares state laws that have potential to create issues and concerns for California shop owners if they are unaware of them1) Employee Abandoned Tools. Auto repair shops have certain legal responsibilities and obligations regarding the abandoned tools left by an employee. Employers need to protect themselves from future liability if the employee demands return of his/her tools.  Generally, under California Civil code sections 2080 -2080.10, if owner has not claimed the property, the person saving the property shall within a reasonable time turn property over to the police department of the city or county, or the sheriff’s department. 2) Recording Telephone Calls.  Auto repair shops cannot recor ... read more

Join the 2021 ASCCA Board of Directors

The ASCCA is pleased to call for nominations for the 7 seats open for the 2021 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 close of business August 2.  Click here for the nomination application

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