“In addition, we’ve engaged with legislators, government officials and the insurance industry to educate and address issues of concern to the repair industry,” said Judell Anderson, AASP-MN Executive Director.
Education and training included: converting telephone leads into sales; understanding P-Pages; retaining unhappy customers; GM drivability; managing multiple priorities, Audi & VW diagnostics; and optimizing performance on insurance scorecards.
During 2012, members who participated in the association’s uniform program with AmeriPride received over $62,000 in rebates, and members who participated in the workers’ compensation program with Meadowbrook Insurance received dividends totaling over $58,000. Members also received savings on credit card processing, technical support services and industrial supplies.
Collision repair and mechanical students were awarded $16,000 in scholarships. The association’s radio and Internet campaign promoted the benefits of doing business with independently-owned shops. B.S. Sessions were held for collision repair members who used these networking events to have informal roundtable discussions and to learn about new products and services.
For 2013, AASP-MN will renew its efforts to pass legislation to change the point of imposition of sales tax on auto repair paint and supplies. Further amendments to the salvage title statutes may also be addressed, particularly the definition of high-value vehicles. In addition, the association will host its annual meeting and convention April 11-12 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. For more information, see www.aaspmn.org.