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.


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. 


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.


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.”



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. 



The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an independent federal agency responsible for protecting the right of private sector employees to unionize, has used its power to issue a number of rulemakings that ease the unionization process and severely limit the rights of employers. The Auto Care Association is an active member in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), which challenges NLRB and Department of Labor rulemakings in the courts and Congress. These rulemakings pertain to persuader activity, joint employer status, ambush elections, and micro-unions.



The Auto Care Association has been at the forefront of lobbying for small business healthcare reform for many years. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, our efforts have shifted to repealing the most onerous provisions of the law, specifically the employer mandate and Health Insurance Tax (HIT).


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