frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Auto Care Association and the auto care industry.

What makes the Auto Care Association the best trade association for the motor vehicle auto care market?

The Auto Care Association is the only trade association that represents the entire auto care industry distribution channel.  Read more. 

Who is eligible to join the Auto Care Association?

Companies are eligible for Auto Care Association membership if they are primarily engaged in the manufacture, supply, distribution or sale of parts and supplies for the motor vehicle auto care market, or in providing management, marketing or other business services to the auto care industry.  Learn more about Auto Care memberships.

How do I join the Auto Care Association and how much are my dues?

Joining is easy. Download a membership application and fax, email or mail in the completed form.  

When is my membership renewed?

Membership is renewed annually on the date that you joined the Auto Care Association. Learn more.

What is an Auto Care Association “community” and how do I choose which one to belong to?

Each Auto Care Association segment represents nine professional product lines or business functions within the auto care industry. Read more about segment communities.

Can I join more than one community?

Yes. Take advantage of the Auto Care Plus membership and participate in additional segments for just $400. Read more.

I need industry information and data. Can the Auto Care Association help me?

Get auto industry information with unlimited access to the Auto Care Association's Knowledge Center - a searchable, online reference library of industry data and auto industry information. Learn more.

Where can I find part replacement rates, product sales data, industry trends and other crucial data?

The Auto Care Association’s award-winning digital Auto Care Factbook is the industry’s first choice for critical market data and trend information. The expanded version of the Auto Care Factbook is paired with the Lang Aftermarket Annual, which features a comprehensive analysis of light vehicle sales volume for 80 key auto care product categories, sales percentage growth, light vehicle product growth and much more.

Do members receive a complimentary copy of the latest Auto Care Factbook?

Yes, in early summer all members receive a free copy of the latest version of the Auto Care Association’s annual Auto Care Factbook—the auto care industry’s standard reference for tracking financial and demand trends. Learn more.

What is the Auto Care Association’s monthly “Industry Indicators Report” and how do I get it?

The Industry Indicators Report is a statistical compilation of key indicators affecting the auto care industry and your business. 

What is “Industry Week”?

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) takes place each year in Las Vegas during the first week of November or last week of October. Get more details here.

What is the difference between AAPEX and SEMA?

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) serve separate but highly compatible markets within the auto care industry. Learn what the difference is.

I want to exhibit at AAPEX in Las Vegas. Do I qualify for the Auto Care Association member discount on booth space?

Auto Care Association member manufacturers and business service providers with annual auto care market sales of $1 million or more qualify for a 43 percent discount on standard AAPEX booth rates...Learn more.  

What does the Auto Care Association support when it comes to legislative or regulatory issues?

The Auto Care Association will fight any attempt to curtail or eliminate the right of motorists to choose where they get their vehicles repaired or maintained, and what parts and supplies are used for that service. Get more information here.

What is AAPAC and how do I contribute to it?

The Auto Care Association's Automotive Aftermarket Political Action Committee (AAPAC) is a pool of members’ private donations that financially support the election campaigns of U.S. senators and representatives who share the industry's goals of consumer choice, free trade, reasonable regulation and a free and competitive auto care market. Learn more.

How can the Auto Care Association’s technology standards help my business?

The Auto Care Association is the acknowledged leader in developing standards and best practices in e-commerce and technology. Learn more now.

What education or training programs does the Auto Care Association offer?

The Auto Care Association offers a variety of automotive industry continuing education events, materials and resources for auto care industry companies and their employees. Read more.

What meetings or other events are available to Auto Care Association members?

The Auto Care Association sponsors a large number of events that cater to virtually all sectors of the auto care industry. Learn more.

How can I become involved as a volunteer leader with the Auto Care Association?

Being a volunteer leader within the Auto Care Association segment or standing committees requires commitment and a willingness to work. See how you can be a part of one.

How can I save money through my Auto Care Association membership?

Members who take advantage of the Auto Care Association’s programs and products can save thousands of dollars through discounts on education, market research and business services. See what you can save money on.

Can the Auto Care Association help me find insurance for my business?

Yes. The Auto Care Association, in coordination with affiliated state auto care associations, offers a wide variety of business insurance products. Learn more.

Additional questions?

If you want to learn more about Auto Care or have a question that is not answered here, go here.

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