News Briefs – July 2014



Like to know more about what the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) can do for you? If so, you won’t want to miss a session Friday, Aug. 1, at the NACE/CARS 2014 Conference and Expo.

It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Cobo Center, Detroit’s world-class meeting and convention center.

The speaker will be Tony Molla, vice president of communications for ASE. The session will explore the many ways an ASE certification adds value to both the individual automotive professional and the companies employing them. The presentation features business metrics and important information on productivity, first-fix accuracy, compensation and how ASE certification can help identify and develop your best people.

Apply Now for ASA Board


If you like helping others, consider a leadership opportunity with ASA – the only association dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals.

There will be two openings on the ASA board in 2015: Collision Division Director and General Director.

To be considered, simply request a “Consideration Form” by calling Joan Lambert at (800) 272-7467, Ext. 126. Or, email

All consideration forms are due by Aug. 11. Association members will vote on candidates in early 2015.

If you have questions or want more information, contact ASA or speak with a current board member. Current board members can be found on ASA’s website:

iATN Membership Exceeds 80,000


The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN),, now has more than 80,000 active members, the largest number ever in the network’s 19-year history.

Members are located in 160 countries and collectively share 1.9 million years of experience on iATN.

“Although we’ve crossed the 80,000 member threshold, iATN members are the minority of the industry: they are the professionals who understand what it takes to survive in our increasingly challenging profession. Members here find that by networking with fellow professionals, they are continuously expanding their knowledge on systems, tools and best practices that often elevate their careers to the next level. iATN provides a platform that allows members to communicate with each other interactively by sharing case studies, solving vehicle problems and sharing tips that cover the gamut of challenges facing the automotive service industry,” said Scott Brown, president of iATN.

Need to Enroll In VSP Registry?

Are you a vehicle security professional (VSP)?

Does this sound familiar?

Problem: Vehicle security professionals – including transmission techs, locksmiths, collision techs, driveability techs and diagnostic techs – need vehicle-specific key codes, PINs, immobilizer resets and access to theft-related parts. Where do you turn to first?

Solution: The NASTF Vehicle Security Professionals Register, managed by ASA, was developed through a cooperative effort by NASTF, OEMs and the National Insurance Crime Bureau to give vehicle security professionals access to OEM websites 24/7 for key codes, PINs, etc. – in short, all the information you need to get the job done quickly and correctly.

If you are an independent auto service provider, you can’t afford not to be enrolled in the National Automotive Service Task Force VSP Registry. Call ASA today for more information or to apply, contact David Lowell at (817) 514-2911 or