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  News Briefs

Posted 08/1/2012

By Levy Joffrion

Get involved in ASA leadership, Call for Candidates for the ASA National Board of Directors

Any regular (shop) member interested in being considered for the Automotive Service Association (ASA) national board of directors should contact the national office and request a “consideration form.” For 2014, the following board positions will be open:

  • General Director (one position)
  • Collision Division Director
  • Mechanical Division Director

Contact Joan Lambert toll free at (800) 272-7467, ext. 126, for a consideration form. Forms must be completed and received no later than Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

‘Owners prefer independent shops’

Independents still hold the title for most preferred among motorists, according to an article in the August issue of Consumer Reports. Check out page 49 of that issue to see the overall satisfaction rates per model for dealers and independents regarding repairs vs. price. The article points out the common misconception that consumers must take their car to a dealer to keep its warranty valid, and also states car owners often prefer independents because they’re less expensive than dealers. The survey was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center and the results are consistent with their findings in recent years.

Registration Open for ASA-Illinois Conference

Shop owners, service writers, advanced and intermediate technicians, and automotive industry suppliers are encouraged to attend the 5th Annual ASA-Illinois Chicago Automotive Networking Conference Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

The C.A.N. Conference, which draws industry professionals from all over the United States and Canada, will feature the best class instructors and education opportunities in the automotive sector, top vendors with the latest tools and technology, a variety of hands-on demos on the show floor, and networking opportunities with industry peers and suppliers.

The education lineup includes management, advanced and intermediate technician classes led by industry experts. Topics include increasing shop profits, effective management skills and Internet marketing strategies, understanding fuel injection, and much more.

For additional info, or to register, visit

We Need Your Current Email Address

Do you have a current email address on file with ASA? If not, you’re missing out on important association and industry announcements. Call our membership team at (800) 272-7467, ext. 361, or email to update your records today.

ASA-Northwest Holds Summer Retreat

ASA’s Northwest affiliate held its summer retreat June 20-23 in Spokane, Wash. ASA-NW Board

Above: On the second day of the four-day event, a board meeting was held, along with a general business session.

ASA-NW Retreat

Above: Attendees at the retreat enjoy barbecue and drinks while networking.




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