By Levy Joffrion
Help Yourself, Industry
By now, you probably know ASA has a Web site - www.Taking TheHill.com - that zeros in on legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting the automotive service industry.
What you may not know is what all it offers and how easy it is to use. By using its capabilities, you can help yourself and your industry. You can make your voice heard. And you can make a difference.
Through TakingTheHill, you can:
All this, and more, is available through the Web site. The Web site will guide you through what you need to do and with just a click of a button, you can accomplish what you want.
It's quick, it's easy and it represents just another benefit of belonging to ASA.
Warranty Guides Now Available
The Automotive Service Association now has available the 2008 Official Warranty Guide published by J&L Warranty Pro.
Customized with the ASA logo on the cover, the booklet is a complete "at-your-fingertips" guide that details every manufacturer's warranty guidelines, deductibles, warranty extensions and other pertinent warranty information.
The warranty guides may be purchased for $10.95 each (includes shipping) while supplies last (Texas residents, add 8.25 percent sales tax for a total of $11.85).
This money-saving offer is available to current members in good standing. To order, call ASA's membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time; or visit www.ASAstore.com and click on "References."
Sherwin-WilliamsDonates $5,000 to I-CAR
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corporation has contributed $5,000 to support the mission of the I-CAR Education Foundation. The contribution to the Education Foundation Industry Partners Annual Fund will support many Education Foundation programs that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.
ASA Honors Ron Weiner
Ron Weiner, left, who has retired as president and CEO of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), holds the Automotive Service Association's Industry Service Award, which was presented to him by Bill Haas, ASA vice president of education and training. Weiner had served as ASE president since 1982.
ASA Mo./Kan. Daughter Meets President
President George W. Bush poses with Mallory Hamilton, the daughter of Sheri Hamilton, executive director of ASA-Missouri/Kansas. Mallory, a high school junior, was invited to Washington, D.C., recently to attend a speech by President Bush highlighting recent successes in reducing teen drug use. Mallory was one of just 12 drug-use prevention advocates, including law enforcement agents and social workers, to talk with the president personally in a roundtable discussion.
OEM Service Information Seminar Now Available on DVD
The seminar on how to effectively use the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service information Web sites that Bill Haas, ASA's vice president of education and training, has been presenting for several years is now available on DVD.
By now, everyone should know that the information technicians need to do their job is available and accessible to them through the OEM sites. From the DVD, "Beyond the Books ... OEM Service Information Web Sites," you can learn where to find what you need, when you need it and how to use it in your business. The course on DVD is about two and one-half hours in length and is approved by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI).
It is available for purchase through AMI or Automotive Video Inc. (AVI). For more information, contact AMI at www.AMIonline.org or by calling
(800) 272-7467, ext. 241; or contact AVI toll-free at (800) 718-7246 or by fax at (239) 561-9111.
Allstate Insurance Company
Allstate Insurance Company has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in regard to the Texas statute prohibiting insurance companies from owning collision repair shops. The Automotive Service Association (ASA) also has filed a response.
The appeal comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, New Orleans, affirmed the District Court ruling in the case of Allstate Insurance Co., et al., Appellants-Appellees vs. Greg Abbott, Etc., et al., vs. Automotive Service Association, et al on Aug. 1, 2007. To view the appeal and response, visit ASA's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com. The link can be found by clicking the "Press Center" tab and then "References and Bills."
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