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.
industry (projected $477 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 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?
Advocating for our Industry
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
FTC Policy on Repair Restrictions
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