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Government Relations

Advocating for the Industry

Our Government Affairs team represents the industry’s complex set of interests before federal and state legislators and regulators, and advocates for policies that are favorable to our member businesses.


 

$383 billion

industry (projected $477 billion in 2024)

 

4.4

people employed in the industry

 

288.4 million

vehicles on the road

 

273,060

repair shops

Current Issues

Right To Repair

After defeating the automakers in Massachusetts for a second time, we hope that action by voters will spur serious consideration of a data access bill on Capitol Hill to ensure that all U.S. car owners can continue to decide where and how their vehicle is maintained.


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COVID-19 Relief

We are working tirelessly on the Federal, State and local level to educate officials on how COVID-19 impacts the auto care industry. We have summaries of current federal and state response efforts as well as joint advocacy letters that we have signed onto with other trade associations impacted by COVID-19.


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Vehicle Data

We advocate for consumer access to and control of vehicle data. We represent the interests of all drivers, individual car owners and the independent aftermarket industry that serve them. We’re fighting to secure choice and put car data back where it belongs – in the hands of car owners.


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Trade Updates

Resources on U.S. and international trade policy affecting our membership and the auto care industry. Key trade issues include Steel and Aluminum Imports 232 Tariffs, Auto Imports 232 Investigation, Chinese Imports 301 Tariffs and USMCA.


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Magnuson Moss

Education and action items on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which prohibits product manufacturers from conditioning consumer warranties on the use of any original equipment part or service.


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Vehicle Safety Inspections

State-specific education on vehicle safety inspections, which save lives and improve vehicle reliability.


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Working on your behalf

The Government Affairs team meets with state and federal policymakers on a daily basis, pushing for pro-auto care industry policies. However, we need your help. Member advocacy takes many forms, from supporting fundraising efforts to reaching out to your elected officials. We want to empower you to become the most effective advocate you can be. Are you ready to help?

Visit our Advocacy Center

Advocating for our Industry

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Last year was significant for businesses across the country as COVID-19 shut down many parts of our economy. The Auto Care Association stepped in to ensure that our industry was declared essential and had access to federal funding to keep our businesses open. And in November, we celebrated a significant Right to Repair victory in Massachusetts, bringing us closer to our goal of being able to access vehicle repair data and serve our customers.

Read the 2020 Auto Care Advocacy Report

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next Legislative Summit?

The next Legislative Summit will take place on September 22-24, 2021, in Washington, DC. The event will include in-depth briefings on the industry's most pressing policy issues and face-to-face meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Here is a recap of the 2019 Summit. If you have any questions about the Legislative Summit, contact Tod Moore.

How do I host my member of Congress at my facility?

First, find your Representative by entering your facility’s address here. Then, contact the district office closest to your location and ask to speak to either the District Director or the Director of Constituent Services. Make sure to share with them key facts about your business such as the number of locations and employees and any community programs that you might be involved in. You can also click here to find specific economic data and visit Auto Care’s website for talking points on the issues facing our industry. Lawmakers have busy schedules, so try to be as flexible as possible and offer several potential dates for the tour. On the day of the event, remind your staff that a lawmaker is visiting and arrange to have someone take photos. Auto Care is here to help at every stage of this process; let us know that you are hosting a tour and reach out to Tod Moore (tod.moore@autocare.org) with any questions.

How can I find out if my member of Congress belongs to the Auto Care Caucus and how do I ask them to join if they are not in the Caucus?

Please see our Auto Care Caucus brief sheet and reach out to Paul Fiore or any other staff member in the Government Affairs department to see if your legislator is on the Caucus or for direction on this critical aspect of our work on Capitol Hill.


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Meet Our Team

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Aaron Lowe
SVP, Regulatory and Government Affairs

aaron.lowe@autocare.org

 

(240) 333-1021

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Gabrielle Hopkins
Vice President, Federal Affairs

gabrielle.hopkins@autocare.org

 

(240) 333-1075

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Paul Fiore
Senior Director, Government Affairs

paul.fiore@autocare.org

 

(240) 333-1036

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Tom Tucker
Senior Director, State Affairs

tom.tucker@autocare.org

 

(240) 333-1042

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Hailey Ray
Director, Political Affairs

hailey.ray@autocare.org

 

(240) 333-1076

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Tod Moore
Manager, Grassroots & Advocacy

tod.moore@autocare.org

   

(240) 333-1028