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Auto Care Insider Weekly brings members the latest COVID-19 information and updates to help member businesses in addition to Auto Care Association news, opportunities and events. | Click here to view in web browser.
May 11, 2020
 
The Auto Care Association's autocare.org/coronavirus webpage is being continuously updated to provide members with the most up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19.
 
 
Auto Care Association Joins More Than 100 Business Organizations to Launch America's Recovery Fund Coalition
The Auto Care Association announced it has joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise. Together, the coalition’s members span 30 business sectors and employ 45% of the nation’s workforce – more than 58 million workers.
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President of Mexico Expects Gradual Reopening of Auto Parts Manufacturing Industry
During a press conference on May 5, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, stated that the government is waiting to receive indication from the health authorities to gradually and by regions, resume operations of non-essential activities such as auto parts manufacturing, construction and mining, starting on May 17 and by the end of the month in the country.
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Aftermarket Heroes: NAPA Auto Parts
Unforeseen circumstances have adjusted the current way of life across the United States. Rising to the challenge, aftermarket heroes from the auto care industry are bravely leading the charge to assist those who may need it the most. The NAPA Auto Parts San Antonio Team is "Making sure we keep America running!"
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Member Survey: COVID-19 Impact and Outlook
The Auto Care Association is keeping a close eye on current market trends through our TrendLens™ platform and is interested in hearing how your business is navigating the current state of affairs. You can help by taking this anonymous, quick, three-minute survey on the impact. Stay tuned for periodic updates on these topics, and we’ll share best practices and perspectives from our members to keep you informed and to facilitate discussions. Look for results from the survey as well as a host of interactive industry and economic indicators coming soon on TrendLens™.  
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AAPEX Exhibitor Town Hall
We know you have had burning questions about AAPEX, and we have answers! Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association President Paul McCarthy just released a Town Hall Q&A answering all of your big questions surrounding the status of AAPEX 2020.
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ACPN Knowledge Exchange Virtual Conference Highlights
The Annual ACPN Knowledge Exchange Conference went virtual this year and was a great success with nearly 800 attendees! The three-day conference took place May 4-6 and featured two keynote speakers, seven breakout sessions and included speakers from Microsoft, FleetPride, IHS Markit and Brake Parts, Inc. The digital event included sponsored virtual coffee breaks and an ACPN Online Exhibitor Directory.
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Market Insights With Mike: Macroeconomic and Impact Trends
As the industry has watched automotive travel stats, the Auto Care Association has been keeping an eye on other economic indicators. It’s hard not to compare current indicators to the Great Recession of 2008. We have learned that the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) has dropped to 86.9 for April 2020 (down 34% from 130.7 in February 2020) – its lowest level since 2014 and at a steeper rate than in the 2006-2008 timeframe.
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COVID-19: Impact on the Auto Industry
With roads and highways quieter than usual due to the pandemic, there has been a major drop-off in vehicle sales and the amount of miles being driven. Lawmakers are now pushing for financial help to aid the automotive industry. In an exclusive interview with Action News Jacksonville, the Auto Care Association details the effects the pandemic has had on both shops and mid to large sized businesses. "People are not going out to get their cars repaired as they once were, what we’re beginning to find is that shops are beginning to furlough employees," said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association.
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USTR 2019 Report on Foreign Markets for Counterfeit Goods
Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual 2019 Notorious Markets Report, identifying "specific physical and online markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting." While the report recognizes Alibaba’s platform Taobao’s efforts to address right holder concerns, it remains one of the largest sources of counterfeit sales in China. Among other recommendations, the 2019 report calls on Taobao to enforce current policies related to automotive parts, and to expand bans on counterfeited products not normally sold on consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplaces. Please contact Angela Chiang with any information or concerns related to notorious markets for future submissions.
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FMC Issues Final Rule on Unreasonable Demurrage and Detention Practices
On April 28, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a final rule on ocean carrier and marine terminal practices. The rule provides extensive guidance on the factors the FMC will consider when determining whether demurrage and detention practices and regulations are unjust or unreasonable. The rule is a result of a fact-finding investigation the FMC initiated in response to an industry petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, a group of trade associations including the Auto Care Association. The petition identified concerns about the assessment of demurrage and detention charges when delays in cargo pickup and equipment return are beyond the control of importers, exporters or intermediaries and inadequate processes for disputing the charges.
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Check Engine Light On? Could Be a Faulty O2 Sensor
According to the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ one of the most common check engine light repairs is replacing the oxygen sensor. This relatively minor repair can be costly if neglected, leading to as much as 40 percent lower fuel efficiency, causing further damage to your vehicle's exhaust system and adversely impacting the environment.
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Replay: Import Vehicle Community's Person of the Year Award
The Import Vehicle Community presented the 2019 Person of the Year Award to John Treece, DMA Holdings, Inc./SenSen Shocks North America. The Person of the Year Award honors an individual for his or her outstanding contributions to the industry and to the Import Vehicle Community during the past 12-month period preceding the selection of the current year’s award recipient.
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Why I Trust Auto Care
"Auto Care is looking out for the best interest of our future and the auto care industry," said Kyle Byrne, Arnold Motor Supply. From bolstering the industry’s profile and influence, to leading the way on emerging vehicle technologies; from fostering global growth to innovating supply chain efficiency and standards; your valuable membership ensures that your association can enable you and your industry to thrive. Don’t take it from us, however; listen to your peers explain!
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Section 301 Updates – Opportunity for List 3 Exclusion Extensions
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it is accepting public comments supporting or opposing extensions on Section 301 List 3 tariff exclusions that were granted between Aug. 2019-March 2020 and expiring Aug. 7, 2020. Extensions could be granted for up to 12 months and are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The focus of the evaluation will be whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties in September 2018, the particular product remains available only from China. The deadline to file comments is June 8, 2020. USTR is also accepting extension requests for products from List 1 and List 2 expiring in July 2020. Additionally, the latest round of List 3 exclusions include a number of automotive parts, including certain pneumatic tires, bumper underside attachments, radiator parts and powertrain parts. Please refer to the full list to confirm your HTS or our overview chart for links to other exclusions.
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Latest: Jefferies Weekly Global Automotive Aftermarket Report
In this weekly report, we are now providing direct coverage on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aftermarket. This version includes a new miles driven index from Arity. This report also includes auto care industry stock performance, recent quarter sales growth and "What We are Hearing from the Road."
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Director of Engineering
May 8, 2020
Central California, Calif.

President of Private Brands
May 7, 2020
Minneapolis, Minn.

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May 4, 2020
Addison, Ill.

Regional Sales Manager
May 1, 2020
Sacramento, Calif.
 
 
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Brooklyn, N.Y.
 
 
Sept. 23-25, 2020 
Auto Care Association Fall Leadership Days

Oct. 6-9, 2020
Upholstery and Trim International Council Convention
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