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.

Access to and Control of Vehicle Data
The Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice. campaign represents the interests of individual car owners and the independent repair shops and auto parts stores that serve them. We believe car owners should have the right to access and control their own vehicle data. We're fighting to put car data back where it belongs - in the hands of car owners.

Massachusetts Right to Repair
This November, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote for a ballot initiative that would provide them with access to their mechanical data and would permit them to share that data with the repair shop of their choice.  Learn more about what this ballot initiative would require.
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.”

Trade updates and resources
Auto Care Association resources on U.S. and international trade policy affecting our membership and the auto care industry.
Prop 65

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to California residents about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.


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 (ACA) in 2010 and subsequent modifications, rulemakings and regulatory “fixes,” our efforts have shifted to a few key provisions that the business community believes can still be improved with bipartisan support.


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.


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 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.

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