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Auto Care Association Calls on Government to Deem Vehicle Repair, Supply Entities ‘Essential’ Amid Coronavirus Restrictions Placed on Business Operations

Posted by Auto Care News on March 18, 2020

BETHESDA, Md.—March 18, 2020—Six trade association representing the transportation industry, including the Auto Care Association, called on state and local governments yesterday to consider the importance of motor vehicle supply and repair facilities in implementing orders to close nonessential businesses as a result of the coronavirus.  

Auto Care Association Files Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Case on Software Copyright

Posted by Auto Care News on January 16, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 16, 2020 – The Auto Care Association, along with Static Control, filed an amicus brief on Jan. 13 regarding a case currently before the United States Supreme Court that has the potential to severely limit the ability of companies to produce compatible replacement parts for software driven vehicles. The case, Google v. Oracle, as decided by a Federal Circuit Court, upheld a charge by Oracle that Google had violated a software copyright when it copied a small part of the application program interfaces (API) code necessary to enable interoperability with programs for Google’s Android platform. If permitted to stand, companies could copyright their APIs such that it would severely hamper companies attempting to ensure compatibility of replacement parts with vehicle software.
Keywords: government affairs

Auto Care Association CEO Releases Statement on Signing of Phase One Trade Agreement Between United States, China

Posted by Auto Care News on January 15, 2020

BETHESDA, Md. – January 15, 2020 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement in response to the recently signed Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China:

“We applaud the Trump administration for successfully signing Phase One to restore and strengthen the U.S.-China trading relationship. This is a positive first step in establishing certainty for U.S. businesses and our industry’s supply chains. However, most tariffs remain in place, causing severe financial strain on U.S. businesses’ bottom lines and the consumer’s ability to access cost-effective options...

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Massachusetts Data Access Hearing Draws Large Crowd of Enthusiastic Aftermarket Supporters

Posted by Auto Care News on January 14, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 14, 2020 – On Jan. 13, the Massachusetts Legislature held the first hearing on legislation that would ensure consumers would have access to the repair data generated by their vehicle. Held in the biggest hearing room in the Massachusetts Statehouse, the room was packed with repair shop owners and technicians, as well as representatives from the major parts retailers and tool suppliers—providing a major show of support for the new legislation the auto care industry in the state.
Keywords: government affairs

New Jersey Law Now Requires Vehicle Manufacturers to Notify New Car Owners of Warranty Rights

Posted by Auto Care News on January 14, 2020
BETHESDA, Md. – January 14, 2020 – On Thursday, Jan. 9, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Senate Bill 1712, which will require vehicle manufacturers to send a notice to consumers within 90 days of a new car lease or purchase of their warranty rights under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA). The bill passed both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature with broad bipartisan support. The bill passed the Senate (31-0) and passed the Assembly (74-0), showing the overwhelming support for this consumer notification in the car buying process.
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Auto Care Association CEO Applauds Trump Administration, Congress on Reaching USMCA Deal

Posted by Auto Care News on December 11, 2019

BETHESDA, Md. – December 11, 2019 – Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, today released the following statement regarding the recently announced U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“We applaud the Trump administration and Congress for reaching a deal and moving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) towards ratification. The trilateral agreement will strengthen trade and maintain tariff-free market access to two of our most important trading partners, accounting for more than 70% of total U.S. auto parts exports. We encourage Congress to move swiftly to ratify the bill to maintain our industry’s global supply chain, protect American jobs and ensure market stability for current and future investments."

Chase Elliott and Clay Millican to Make a Pit Stop in Washington, D.C. to Attend Auto Care Legislative Summit

Posted by Auto Care News on August 12, 2019
BETHESDA, Md. – August 12, 2019 – NASCAR driver Chase Elliott and NHRA drag racer Clay Millican are confirmed as special guests for the 2019 Auto Care Legislative Summit, the Auto Care Association’s biennial Washington, D.C. fly-in taking place Sept. 18-19 on Capitol Hill. Elliott, Millican and Millican’s crew chief Mike Kloeber will be on-site during the Thursday evening reception for a meet-and-greet with summit attendees and lawmakers. The meet-and-greet offers the opportunity for guests to take photos, obtain autographs and have personal conversations with the racers.