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Auto Care Association, AIA Canada and ARIDRA Submit Joint NAFTA Statement to USTR

Posted by Auto Care News on July 13, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – July 13, 2017 – The Auto Care Association submitted a joint position statement to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer yesterday on behalf of the North American automotive aftermarket groups in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Auto Care Association Testifies Before United States Trade Representative on NAFTA

Posted by Auto Care News on June 28, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – June 28, 2017 – Aaron Lowe, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, Auto Care Association, testified today before the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, D.C.

Auto Care Association Says No to Transition Period for Border Adjustment Tax

Posted by Auto Care News on June 14, 2017

Chairman Brady Fails to See the Impact on Families and the Auto Care Industry


BETHESDA, MD – June 14, 2017 – The Auto Care Association expressed its disappointment this week that U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, proposed a five-year transition plan for the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) that is intended to subdue the BAT critics. The proposed tax on imports would significantly increase auto repair and maintenance costs for the average car owner in the United States. 

Auto Care Association Testifies in Support of New Jersey Vehicle Warranty Parts Notification Legislation

Posted by Auto Care News on June 12, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – June 12, 2017  The Auto Care Association today strongly urged the New Jersey Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee in the New Jersey State House to pass A. 2612 legislation that would provide car owners with important information regarding their warranty rights when they purchase a new vehicle.

Will Vehicle Manufacturers Comply with Right to Repair Requirements?

Posted by Auto Care News on June 06, 2017

Auto Care Association and Coalition for Auto Repair Equality Concerned


BETHESDA, MD – June 6, 2017 – The Auto Care Association and Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) expressed concern today about whether all vehicle manufacturers will be in compliance with new Right to Repair requirements that will take effect for 2018 and later model year vehicles. The statement came at a hearing being held at the Massachusetts State House by the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to determine if car companies were in compliance with the first-in-the-nation law requiring that vehicle manufacturers make available, at a fair and reasonable price, the same service information, tools and software that they provide their franchised dealers. 

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Major Victory for Aftermarket

Posted by Auto Care News on June 01, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – June 1, 2017 – In a major victory for the auto care industry, the Supreme Court upheld the legal precedent of patent exhaustion, which states that a company’s right to protect its patent ends when the product is sold to the end user. Information from an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court by the Auto Care Association was used by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in reversing the Federal Circuit decision that would have been damaging to the manufacture and sales of aftermarket parts.

Auto Care Association Defeats Texas Bill Eliminating Vehicle Safety Inspections

Posted by Auto Care News on May 30, 2017
BETHESDA, MD – May 30, 2017 – Working closely with a coalition of state and national partners, the Auto Care Association pressured members of the Texas Legislature to defeat Senate Bill 1588, which would have eliminated mandatory vehicle safety inspections. If eliminated, millions of Texans would be at risk due to unsafe passenger vehicles.