Government Relations

Current Issues

Right to Repair
Right to Repair

On November 3, 2020, Massachusetts Voters overwhelmingly supported a ballot initiative that would provide car owners with access to their mechanical data and would permit owners to share that data with the repair shop of their choice.


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Vehicle Data
Access to and Control of Vehicle Data

We believe drivers should have the right to transparency around the data collected from their vehicles, including what was collected, how it was used and with whom the vehicle manufacturers shared it.


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Auto Care Association Coronavirus and the Aftermarket Business Resources
COVID-19 Relief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business losses and shutdowns, the federal government has created several emergency funding mechanisms (loans and grants) that are available to businesses of all sizes.


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Chinese 301 tariffs
Tariffs and Trade

Get the most up to date status on USMCA, Chinese Imports 301 Tariffs, Auto Imports 232 Investigation and Steel/Aluminum 232 Tariffs.


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Magnuson Moss Warranty Act

The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) prevents manufacturers from using disclaimers on warranties in an unfair or misleading manner.


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Vehicle Safety Inspection
Vehicle Safety Inspections

Knowing that the average age of vehicles today is 11.9 years and getting older, that should be enough to be concerned about keeping vehicle inspections mandatory and current to ensure the safety of the motoring public.


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Technician Shortage

The viability of our industry is dependent, in part, on our ability to recruit and train skilled technicians that can diagnose and repair modern vehicles.


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Taxes

The government affairs team is constantly monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals on tax policy as it impacts the industry.


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Proposition 65
Proposition 65

A toolkit is available to help aftermarket businesses navigate Prop 65. View the technical and legal compliance webinar as well as best practices for ACES/PIES and cataloging content.


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OEM Repair
OEM Repair Procedure

Multiple states have introduced legislation requiring repairers to follow OEM process and procedures for collision repair or requiring consumer consent for the use of aftermarket parts.


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Healthcare
Healthcare

As a founding member of the Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage, Auto Care Association continues to lobby for a return to the 40-hours a week definition of a full-time employee, and simplified, reduced reporting requirements.


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