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March 7, 2017 Week In Connections

CAWA Leadership Meeting Attendees Heard from Experts
A successful meeting occurred in Napa last month that attracted over 80 members and friends of the Association. Presentations included: 
  • "The Future of the Connected Car is Now"- by: Peter Yorke, CEO Voyomotive, LLC;
  • "Aftermarket Mergers & Acquisitions - an Update" - by: Tom Marx, MAAP and Devin Hart, Hart Marx Advisors; 
  • "Redefining What is a Good Place to Work" - by: Steve Marmaduke, Attorney, Wilke Fleury Law Firm. 
Copies of the presentations are available. Simply, let know you are interested in receiving all or any of the presentations. 

The next general training session will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017. Scheduled speakers are: Bill Long, President & COO, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, "trends and status of important issues for suppliers"...Jim Dykstra, Director, Innova Telematics Solutions at Innova Electronics Corporation, "telematics"...Mike Kealey, Dorman Products, "impacts of embedded software"...Watch for details.    Another member benefit.
Feb 2017 Leadership Mtg

These Manufacturers Are Contributors in Support of CAWA's Government Affairs Program
These companies are financial supporters of the more than 70 automotive manufacturing companies that support CAWA's government affairs program. We want to recognize their support and thank them. For a complete list of companies see here.

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2016 Was Another Productive and Successful Year for CAWA
From legislative advocacy to training to offering member benefits and value, CAWA had a very productive and successful year in 2016. Click here to read our annual report which highlights major accomplishments and activities throughout the 2016 year. We look forward to another productive and successful year in 2017. Your comments on the report are welcomed by emailing Another member benefit.

Requirements When Using Criminal History Information
In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964" (2012 Guidance). 

The 2012 Guidance does not prohibit employers from using criminal records, but outlines best practices that the EEOC advises employers to follow, including a recommendation that employers, among other things: (1) remove from employment applications the question that asks job applicants to self-disclose their criminal record; (2) not make an employment decision based solely on the fact of an arrest record; and (3) conduct an "individualized assessment" before rejecting an applicant or terminating an employee because of a conviction. 

For more details, particularly California based/located companies, click here. Recall, too, as a CAWA member, you are entitled to ½ hour FREE legal consultation on issues such as this one. See to find the attorney in your state. Source: Insight, Jennifer Mora.

CAWA Scholarships are Now Available for 2017 - the Application Process is Open
Interested in receiving a scholarship from the Association for your employees, children, family members and others who would be welcomed into the auto care industry? Applying is easy! The online application process allows students interested in aftermarket careers to submit one application each year online at and receive consideration for several scholarships. For more information, see or contact CAWA Member Services at or 800.332.2292. Another member benefit.


The Top 15 Largest Automakers in the World
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How Does Tax Apply to Core Charges for Vehicle Repair Parts?
Core charges, as you know, are trade-in allowances included in the in the selling price of the part. They are designed to encourage the return of old parts that can be remanufactured. How you calculate the taxable selling price of the part will depend on whether you are selling a new or used part, or a reconditioned or rebuilt part. For further clarification and answers to your questions, click here and see point # 9.

You are Probably Leaving Money on the Table - General Liability Insurance
CAWA's partner, Armstrong & Associates, has exclusive discounts with many A+ rated carriers. You may be "leaving money on the table" with your liability premiums. A NO cost, NO commitment quote from Armstrong & Associates would be the way to go, in cutting costs, starting out in 2017. See the enclosure ( here) for details. Another member benefit.

Ford Aims to Disrupt its Aftermarket Competitors
Ford Motor Co. is pursuing two fixed-operations initiatives designed to work together: a new brand of replacement parts for non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles, and a renewed effort to persuade its dealers to build Quick Lane service centers. 

With the new Omnicraft brand, Ford wants to sell more parts at its dealerships and to independent repair shops and distributors. At first, independents will have to buy Omnicraft parts from franchised dealerships with wholesale parts operations. Eventually, though, Ford plans to sell parts directly to independents. Ford started shipping Omnicraft parts last month, says Brett Wheatley, Executive Director of Ford's customer service division in North America. 

For dealers, Omnicraft is intended to be a more convenient and less expensive source of parts for other makes and models. Dealers say they already buy plenty of parts for competing makes, to recondition trade-ins and to service used vehicles. But Ford and Lincoln dealers previously had to buy those parts from outside suppliers. 

Ford is launching Omnicraft with 1,500 commonly requested parts, such as oil filters, brake pads and rotors, struts, starters and alternators. Eventually, Ford says, it will make available as many as 10,000 parts. Source: Automotive News

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