Western Association News

From Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, the Automotive Service Association of the Northwest (ASA Northwest) held their 2015 Summer Retreat and Management Conference at the Shilo Inn Hotel in Seaside, OR.

The California Autobody Association Glendale-Foothill Chapter met Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Gene's Paint & Body in Montrose, CA. Chapter President Daniel Panduro opened the meeting and introduced the two speakers, Rick Leos, from Toyota, and Nathan Sellers from Mitchell. The topic for the evening was Toyota's new Predictive Estimating software that is set to be released in the very near future, and the increased technology being built into today's vehicles and what that means for us repairers trying to "fix cars correctly and safely."

As of May 12, the Montana State Commissioner of Securities and Insurance has filed action against Safelite Solutions and Lynx Services for operating as a third party glass broker without a Third Party Administrator’s license.

To obtain a TPA in Montana requires paying a $100 fee to the state. If there is no compliance with this action, and companies are acting as glass administrators for insurance companies and not a licensed Third Party Administrator, pursuant to Montana code, 33-17-317, imposition of a fine not to exceed $25,000 per occurrence may occur. Insurers will not face state action for using an unregistered glass administrator.

The Montana Collision Repair Association was instrumental in working with the Montana State Auditor’s office to pass this legislative action.

Bruce Halcro, MCRA Past President and Association Legislative Liaison, said, “As an association we believe this is a significant action by the Montana Insurance Commissioner’s office – where these third party glass brokers (Lynx Services and Safelite Solutions) operated in Montana with no oversight the TPA would then put them under the authority of the Insurance Commissioner’s Office. We believe this is a huge step forward for the consumers of Montana to be fairly compensated when they have glass work done.”

On May 6, the Tucson Chapter of the ASA-AZ hosted the 55th Annual Student Awards Banquet at Santa Rita High School in Tucson, AZ. Over 120 guests attended the event, which is designed to recognize the top senior from each Southern AZ high school with an automotive and collision repair training program. Originally founded and coordinated by the Automotive Wholesales of Arizona (AWOA), the Student Awards Banquet has been organized and facilitated by ASA-AZ's Tucson Chapter since 2006. Luz Rubio, Executive Director of ASA-AZ, believes this event is important because "these students are our future employees and business owners."

With major concerns about bills that can greatly impact their businesses, collision and mechanical repair companies came from all over the state to attend ASCCA /CAA’s Joint Legislative Day on April 14 in Sacramento. Attendees met with their local legislators and discuss two “hot button” bills, one that would extend a sales tax to labor operations and another that would increase the minimum wage in the Golden State.

Vice President of Technical Compliance for Assured Performance Aaron Clark imparted a wealth of useful information to the members of the California Autobody Association’s Santa Clara chapter on March 25 at Three Flames restaurant in San Jose, CA.

In the restaurant’s lounge there was karaoke and in the main banquet room Clark was singing a tune that every body shop in the country should listen to—certification is here now and those that don’t or won’t step up may be stepped over.

On March 20-22, ASA Northwest held their 2015 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) at the Doubletree Hilton Seattle.

The largest automotive training venue on the West Coast, ATE 2015 featured 54 educational seminars presented by the nation’s best management and technical trainers. The event was sponsored by ASA Northwest, the Northwest Tire Dealers Association, official social sponsor Autoshop Solutions, and Parts & People, the official media sponsor.

On Wednesday, March 11, from 6-8PM, the Tucson Chapter of ASA-AZ gathered at the Hotel Tucson InnSuites for an evening of networking and educational training. The chapter holds a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month.

At the March meeting, Robert Boettcher and Alan Schultz from the Better Business Bureau serving Southern Arizona (BBB) were the guest speakers. With 30 people in attendance, Julee Baxley, State Chairman of ASA-AZ, notes that they received “a good response from attendees, and the information presented was really good. We talked about customer reviews as well as how the BBB handles complaints for both Accredited Businesses and non-Accredited Businesses.”

Friday, 06 March 2015 00:00

East Bay CAA Chapter Talks Ford F-150

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They discussed rivets, certifications, the costs of setting up to work on aluminum vehicles and everything in between when the East Bay chapter of the California Autobody Association (EB-CAA) visited Future Ford in Concord, CA on February 18 to view the new aluminum F-150 and network with other collision professionals from throughout the Bay Area.

On February 5, the Automotive Service Association of Arizona (ASA-AZ) and 18 other small business associations accompanied the National Federation of Independent Businesses of AZ (NFIBAZ) to the State Capitol for their annual Small Business Day. The event was coordinated by NFIBAZ with input and assistance from other small business associations.