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Posted 10/1/2008

ASA Announces Dates, Location for 2009 Annual Convention

Agenda to Include ASA's Celebration of Excellence, AMI Graduation

ASA Annual Convention 2009The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the dates and location of its next all-member annual convention. The Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center in sunny Orlando, Fla., will be the home base for the event April 30-May 2, 2009.

Highlighting the agenda will be open meetings of the ASA affiliate assembly and board of directors. Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive, will deliver his annual state-of-the-association address, and a new chairman of the ASA board of directors will be sworn in during the event. The convention will also include ASA's Celebration of Excellence awards ceremony, which will again host the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) graduation ceremony.

"The ASA Annual Convention is a great opportunity for members to strengthen their relationship with the organization, meet other members with whom they can network, and learn how to excel in today's competitive automotive service and repair environment," said Pyle.

Caribe Royale Orlando is a highly regarded all-suite accommodation known for its hospitality - ideal for business, pleasure or a little of both. And it is conveniently located just one-and-one-half miles from the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Information about ASA's 2009 convention can be found online as it becomes available. Visit www.ASAshop.org for the latest details.

MOTOR Information Systems New Benefit Provider

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced a new member benefit provider - MOTOR Information Systems - a supplier of automotive data, including complete diagnostic and service information. ASA members now receive a 20 percent discount on selected MOTOR Chek-Chart titles - a source of maintenance service specifications in timesaving chart formations.

"MOTOR is a proud partner of ASA and we look forward to serving its members," said Kevin Carr, president, MOTOR Information Systems.

MOTOR's mission since 1903 has been to provide customers with unbiased, accurate, authoritative and reliable information in consistent, easy-to-use formats.

Some of the titles ASA members will receive discounts on include:

• "Transmission Fluid Service Guide," which covers transmission fluid capacities and fluid type; manual transmission illustrations; transmission gasket and filter illustrations; pan and filter, drain plug tightening specifications; and fluid inspection procedures for transmissions that do not have a dipstick.

• "Car Care Guide," a reference on cars and light trucks in the market, offering service test points in the index, serpentine belt routings, air conditioning and cooling system capacities, plus electrical and torque specifications.

• "Brake Specification Guide and Brake Bleed Procedures," which covers minimum lining thickness; caliper mounting torque; wheel nut and bolt torque; brake rotor, drum machining and service; wheel bearing adjustment procedures; brake bleed sequence procedures; rotor parallelism, runout, thickness and microfinish procedures.

• "Chek-Lube CD," which covers complete lubrication specification data with corresponding engine and chassis diagrams, and maintenance service intervals, plus filter parts catalogs for more than 35 brands.

"MOTOR Information Systems has long enjoyed respect and credibility in the industry as an important resource for diagnostic and service information," said B.J. Johnson, ASA's vice president of membership services. "We are glad to formalize our relationship with MOTOR and offer a healthy savings on its products to our members."

Members may order any of the Chek-Charts listed above - along with ASE Study Guides and other special-offer items - by contacting Holly Wright, MOTOR Information Systems national account manager, at (248) 312-2730, or at hwright@motor.com.

MOTOR Information Systems corporate offices are located in Troy, Mich.

For more information on this or any other ASA member benefit, call (800) 272-7467, ext. 295, or access the electronic benefits portfolio within ASA OnDemand, which can be downloaded from www.ASAOnDemand.com.

You're Invited to Attend NASTF Meeting

NASTFCARS and NACE attendees are urged to arrive a little early and attend the fall meeting of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 p.m.

There will be a panel discussion outlining the various training information resources available to the aftermarket. "The panel discussion will involve representatives from the major vehicle manufacturers," said Charlie Gorman, NASTF chairman. "The presentations will include information on a variety of training material, available in different formats, which will help aftermarket technicians prepare for the vehicle systems that will challenge them today and in the near future."

In addition to the panel discussion, the NASTF general meeting will offer committee reports and organization updates, along with allowing attendees the opportunity to provide input and comment directly to NASTF. No registration is necessary.

NASTF was established in 2000 to maintain an open dialogue between automobile manufacturers and aftermarket repair technicians and to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.

For more information, visit www.nastf.org.

ASA Hosts Service Information Workshops Nationwide

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has recently hosted Service Information Workshops in 11 states. These workshops are being presented around the United States to educate shop owners and technicians about the availability of service information to automotive repair shops.

Workshops have been held in Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Several workshops have been held in each state. A new workshop is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit www.ASAshop.org/KEYS.

The workshops included education on computers and Internet resources necessary to access service information, use of manufacturer and third-party Web sites and diagnostic tools that may assist in handling the repair most efficiently. Additionally, the instructors explained the role of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), which accommodates the identification and correction of gaps involved in the access of automotive service information, diagnostic tools and equipment, and training.

"I learned about the many software downloads needed to properly set up my computer with Windows XP so I can more effectively navigate OE Web sites. It was well worth my time to attend," said Hal Lewis, owner, H&R Auto Service, Kennett Square, Pa. "I had already used OE Web sites and subscribe to Toyota and Honda, so this was a big help on all the others that I only use as needed."

Attendees were encouraged to ask questions to address specific service information issues they have experienced. The meetings concluded with drawings for training videos and subscriptions to automaker service information Web sites.

ASA believes the current voluntary, industry-supported service information process protects independent repairers and consumers by allowing them access to the same information available to manufacturers and dealers. The workshops are part of ASA's efforts to educate shop owners and technicians about current systems and how they can manage the service information options available to them.

U.S. Congress Approves Identity Theft Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed U.S. Senate Bill 2168 for the Identity Theft and Restitution Act of 2007 via voice vote. The bill would protect businesses and individuals against cyber crimes and stiffen penalties against online criminals and identity thieves.

Senate Bill 2168 is sponsored by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, and was introduced on the House floor by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., House Judiciary Committee chairman.

Specifically, the legislation would give victims of identity theft the right to seek restitution for indirect losses, such as time and money spent rebuilding credit. Currently, victims are only compensated for direct losses. It also criminalizes online extortion and ensures that suspects of identity theft will be prosecuted under federal identity theft laws. Further, the legislation would make it a felony to use malicious software capable of collecting secure data and other account information.

To view this bill, visit the Automotive Service Association's legislative Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com.


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