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ASCCA establishes the new Connected Car Committee

Committee's first official meeting was August 1st 2017 Committee Mission Statement and Objectives Current membership includes: Carolyn Coquillette, Chair David Kusa Craig Johnson Niko Sougias Pat Cadam Rocky Khamenian Committee meets monthly. Members are also involved with NASTF, SAE, CAWA, Auto Care Association, Auto Service Association

Connected Car Committee Quarterly Digest for ASCCA Membership Issue #01 - Q1 2018

The automotive aftermarket faces many changes and challenges surrounding autonomous and connected vehicles. Most of these challenges center on data. Who owns the data? Who can access the data? Who is responsible for the privacy and security of the data? It is important that the Aftermarket be involved in the planning and development process with vehicle OEMs and government regulators, on state and national levels. We need to make sure that our customers and our businesses are not locked out of the information access process. We need to avoid another protracted Right to Repair battle. Vehicle security is also a major concern. The OEMs incorporate high levels of security to prevent data loss and hacking. One of the true access points for possible malicious activity will be at our shops, when the vehicle is vulnerable during repairs. We need to know how to secure our shop networks and the tooling necessary to prevent this. Lastly, the traditional service opportunities on current vehicl ... read more

autotext.me is Dead!

autotext.me is Dead!

Dallas, TX – autotext.me is DEAD! “autotext.me has outgrown our name. We killed it because itno longer symbolizes who we are; we are now autoflow,” explains Chris Cloutier, the company’s founder and co-owner of Golden Rule Auto Care in Rowlett, Texas. “And, now with the release of our new digital work order, shops can further automate their workflow and go paperless in their bays.” Autoflow’s new digital work order enables technicians to clock in and out of jobs and provides reporting that captures technician efficiency. Pictures, notes, and videos can be attached, and reports may be sent to customers via print, text, or email. Read more

Vendor Spotlight: Maylan Newton

Vendor Spotlight: Maylan Newton

Maylan Newton Spotlight date: January, 2018 The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Maylan Newton of the Educational Seminars Institute (ESi) as ASCCA's January Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA's Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice. ESi is a Corporate Partner and has been a member of ASCCA for 30 years. ESi is renowned for providing the independent repair shop with up-to-date full-facility training for their management team and personnel. All ESi training programs target development strategies that finetune and produce professional skills in automotive business owners and their employees. When asked how his partnership with ASCCA ... read more

EPA 609 Certification

EPA 609 Certification

ASCCA Members, please see the message below regarding EPA 609 Certification from our Corporate Partner AutoZone: Be aware of upcoming changes to R134a purchases. The EPA has recently mandated that purchases of R134a items, with a volume greater than 2 lbs., will be regulated by section 609 of the EPA Clean Air Act, beginning January 1st, 2018. This applies to any single item that has a volume over 2 lbs., but is primarily regarding 30 lb. cylinders of R134a. This regulation requires that any individual purchasing this item have a 609 certification from an EPA approved certifying company. A list of these approved companies can be found at https://www.epa.gov/mvac/section-609-technician-training-and-certification-programs. We at AutoZone have found it easiest to work with MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society), ESCO Institute or Mainstream Engineering. This is d ... read more

New California Laws for 2018

Every year, hundreds of new laws are enacted that may impact small business, automotive repair shops. Short summary of some measures that will take effect in 2018

Vendor Spotlight: Todd Westerlund

Vendor Spotlight: Todd Westerlund

Spotlight date: December, 2017 The ASCCA Revenue and Benefits Committee is proud to announce that it has selected Todd Westerlund of Kukui as ASCCA’s December Partner of the Month. Each month, an ASCCA partner is recognized for their steadfast support of ASCCA, its members, and the automotive repair industry, and their commitment to ASCCA’s Core Purpose: To elevate and unite automotive professionals and give them voice. Kukui has been an Exclusive Endorsed Vendor with ASCCA since 2013 as well as a Corporate Partner at the $10,000 level. With a rich history in information technology, Kukui provides businesses a custom marketing platform that integrates each organization’s Point of Sale system. When asked how his partnership with ASCCA has benefited Kukui, Todd replied, “Partnering with ASCCA lets Kukui be more in tune with what top shop owners are doing to mak ... read more

ASCCA Members Join Efforts to Help Victims of the California Wild Fires

UPDATE - The ASCCA is no longer taking donations, but is happy to report that a total of $17,170 was raised! Thank you! SACRAMENTO – As communities throughout Sonoma, Napa, and other Northern California counties begin the long process of rebuilding after the devastating wildfires, the Automotive Service Councils of California has identified four of our members who have tragically lost their homes. In response, ASCCA’s Executive Committee established the ASCCA California Wildfire Relief Fund. Thanks to their generous support, and the contributions of ASCCA members across California, the fund has raised $17,000. ASCCA President David Kusa stated, “I am honored and humbled to be part of an association and industry that has shown so much support, both time and treasure, for our fellow shop owners that need help.” The Executive Committee has decided to distribute all but one-fifth of the money to the members known to have been impacted by the fires. The remaining money will ... read more

New Corporate Partnership with The CompuTrek Group

New Corporate Partnership with The CompuTrek Group

SACRAMENTO – The Automotive Service Councils of California is proud to announce its most recent corporate partnership with The CompuTrek Group, an automotive management solutions company that helps businesses increase production, profit, and customer satisfaction through on-site training, team building sessions, webinars, and seminars. The CompuTrek Automotive Management Systems™ were developed by Dave Schedin, CEO, Lead Coach & Trainer. Dave incorporates his 35+ years of experience in the automotive arena through his one-on-one management and executive coaching, team workshops, and service advisor training, making him a sought-after business trainer for our industry. Dave transformed his own start-up auto repair shop to create a near million-dollar sales level in under four years through the development of this system. Click here to read the full press release

Legislative Bill Report - October 16, 2017

The State Legislative Bill Report details various bills that ASCCA is tracking. If you have any questions please contact ASCCA at [email protected]Bill Report October 16, 2017

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