ASA Seeks Applications for Executive Director

Deadline for applications: Oct. 1, 2018 VIEW JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas, July 13, 2018 – The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is seeking a new executive director. Between now and Oct. 1, 2018, ASA is inviting interested and qualified candidates...

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Technician Shortage in the News

The difficulty in finding and retaining qualified automotive technicians continues to be a challenge for shops of all sizes. A recent article by Benjamin Preston in the April, 2018 edition of Car & Driver magazine quotes figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor...

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  ASAMARI member Justin Furko, owner of 290 Auto Body in Worcester MA recently launched a new business venture - Crash Point Systems - which developed hand held tools to expedite the estimate process. Here is Justin’s booth on the Lower Pavilion at the Northeast...

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Aftermarket Parts Bill Moves on Beacon Hill

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Licensure has approved a measure that would prevent automobile insurers in the state from mandating the use of non-OEM part on any vehicle still under manufacturer warranty or lease...

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You Speak, We Listen.

As part of our commitment to making ASAMARI a true association for its members, by its members, we seek out your opinion on key issues and topics. Our method is online polls, announced to members via email, and completed on our website. Here are summaries of the...

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How Much Is That Labor Rate?

While visiting an ASA member shop in Easthampton this week I was asked how the labor rate on a supplement written in another state should be treated. Apparently some insurer estimators were changing the labor rate on the supplemental portion to what the carrier would...

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In Memoriam… Evelyn Regan

We are sad to pass along the news that Evelyn Regan, mother of ASAMARI Executive Director Steve Regan, passed away on Monday, January 8. Evelyn Regan was 92 and lived a wonderful life. She was the mother of 8 children, grandmother of 23, and great grandmother of 24....

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By Aftermarket Business World Wire Reports Aptiv PLC, a global technology company focused on the development and commercialization of advanced mobility solutions, has opened a new technology center in Boston's Seaport district, expanding the company's U.S. engineering...

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Bruce King Joins Elite Body Shop Solutions

Bruce King, founder of Massachusetts-based King Collision Centers and a long-time industry leader, has joined Elite Body Shop Solutions, LLC, as an Elite Mentor. The announcement was made by Dave Luehr, founder of Elite Body Shop Solutions. “Since retiring from King...

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Massachusetts insurance commissioner named

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Gary D. Anderson as commissioner of the state’s division of insurance, the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation said Tuesday. Mr. Anderson, who joined the division in 2014 as first deputy commissioner,...

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Only the Strong Survive.

By Stephen Regan Executive Director While only a few months old, ASA of Mass and Rhode Island has been working hard to serve the needs of mechanical and collision repair shops in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In my meetings with shop owners and managers, along with...

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Mass. Attorney General Sues JD Byrider

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed suit against the local franchisee of national used car chain JD Byrider, alleging that the company, “ripped off Massachusetts drivers by offering predatory loans for defective and inoperable cars.” The suit seeks...

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ASA MA/RI on Capitol Hill

ASA MA/RI Executive Director Stephen Regan (L) is pictured with ASA President Dan Risley at the United Stated Department of the Treasury in Washington DC where they met with the Treasuries Financial Insurance Office.   By Steve Regan, Executive Director Representing...

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New Federal Overtime Rules Shot Down

Changes to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules, which were temporarily halted just prior to implementation late last year, have been ruled invalid by the same federal judge who called a “time out” on their scheduled enactment. If the new rules had been...

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Facts & Figures on Collision Repair Shops

Collision Week has published its latest Collision Repair Industry Market Profile, which uses data collected from U.S. government sources, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), and independent research to paint a state-by-state picture of collision repair...

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Cycle Time Getting Longer

A CCC Information Services report published on the website cites an increase in the cycle time nationwide for the repair of collision damaged vehicles. Susana Gotsch, who authored the study, says, “Over the last three years, the average number...

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BAT Tax Looks to Be Dead

House Speaker Paul Ryan has agreed to remove the controversial Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) from the tax overhaul plan the GOP hopes to pass later this year. The import tax, which Ryan introduced and has championed along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman...

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2018 ASA Conference Set for Orlando

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has announced the location of its 2018 annual Business Meeting & Conference. To support the board of directors’ and staff’s desire to re-establish this event as a “can’t-miss” opportunity for members and their families,...

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Maine Governor Vetoes Anti-Steering Bill

Highlights Lack of Consumer Interest WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2017 – On June 20, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed Maine LD 1540. If enacted, LD 1540 would have clarified a provision in Maine’s anti-steering law, specifically regarding an insurer’s responsibility to...

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