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.
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industry (projected $514 billion in 2024)
people employed in the industry
vehicles on the road
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.
We advocate for consumer access to and control of vehicle repair and maintenance 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.
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?
Advocacy is essential
Advocacy is essential, and by adding your voice, our impact adds up. This report details our 2021 efforts across all three facets of advocacy: grassroots, lobbying and PAC. However, in order to be effective, we must have your support and engagement. The 2021 Advocacy Report details ways you can get involved - and we made it as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Frequently Asked Questions
The next Legislative Summit will take place on September 20-22, 2023, 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. You can find more information on the Legislative Summit page. Want to know more about how the Summit goes? We have a recap of the 2019 Summit. If you have any questions about the Legislative Summit, contact Tod Moore.
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 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 with any questions.
Auto Care Association Joins Coalition Letter Calling for Extension of Section 301 Tariff Exclusions
Auto Care Association Joins Coalition Letter to Congress Urging USTR to Conclude Section 301 Four-Year Review
Auto Care Association Joins Coalition Letter to USTR Requesting Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Extension
FTC Policy on Repair Restrictions