issues

The auto care industry maintains a significant stake in a number of key issues, all of which are actively monitored and managed by Auto Care Association government affairs staff. Below are detailed descriptions of the industry’s most talked-about issues, official policy positions of the association and links to related content. If you require additional information or have a separate issue you want to know more about, contact our government affairs department.

Telematics

Similar to in homes and businesses, wireless technology is quickly becoming an important part of the “smart” connected vehicle. This telematics technology is providing motorists with remote access to a wide range of entertainment and information services within their vehicle, including navigation, traffic, email, web browsing, social media and travel assistance. 

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Right to Repair

The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act was the Auto Care Association’s principal policy objective for many years. The industry’s wildly successful campaign in Massachusetts paved the way for a national solution, eventually finalized in a 2014 memorandum of understanding between the Auto Care Association, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE) and vehicle manufacturers.

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Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

In recent years, vehicle manufacturers and their franchised dealers have been pursuing an increasingly aggressive strategy aimed at growing the sales of their original equipment replacement parts and repair services. The result has been a smear campaign by the vehicle manufacturers, which aims to discredit the quality of auto care market parts by suggesting that the use of such parts could result in the invalidation of a vehicle’s warranty. For instance, in a 2011 release, Mazda alleged “automotive aftermarket parts are generally made to a lower standard in order to cut costs and lack the testing required to determine their effectiveness in vehicle performance and safety… Mazda also recommends that car owners use original equipment replacement parts in repairs in order to ensure the validity of their warranty.”

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Labor

In 2009, the Auto Care Association and the U.S. business community effectively stopped the so-called “card check” legislation which would have made it far easier for employees of any business to unionize. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is an independent federal agency that works to protect the rights of private sector employees to unionize, has been using its executive power to negate the industry’s success in killing “card check” at the legislative level. In the ensuing years the NLRB and the Department of Labor (DOL) have issued a number of rulemakings that ease the unionization of businesses and severely limit the rights of employers. 

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Healthcare

The Auto Care Association has been at the forefront of lobbying for small business healthcare reform for many years. With the advent of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010, our efforts have shifted to repealing the most onerous provisions of the PPACA. 

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Transportation

The Auto Care Association supports a robust highway program that balances the needs of infrastructure repair, maintenance, and roadway safety with the costs consumers and businesses can reasonably contribute. We support the continued existence of the HTF, funded through the collection of federal gas tax revenues that must now be indexed for inflation. We oppose any tolling of existing publicly funded roadways or the imposition of a vehicle miles traveled revenue scheme that disproportionately harms the auto care industry and the driving public.

Taxes

Navigating the ever-changing tax policy landscape can be a daunting task. The Auto Care Association has chosen to focus on a number of key tax provisions with the goals of establishing tax consistency across business types and reducing both cost and regulatory burdens. Preserving the Last-In First-Out (LIFO) accounting method, repealing the Estate Tax, endorsing a national online sales tax policy and rejecting the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT), constitute the key policy objectives for Auto Care. 

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