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March 21, 2017 Week In Connections

Lead-Acid Battery Fees - What You Need to Know
Helping your business succeed is important to the CAWA. Understanding the fee issues specific to the Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016 can be time-consuming and we want to help you get the information you need in a timely and understandable way. This guide will help you better understand the fee obligations for dealers, manufacturers, importers, and purchasers of lead-acid batteries in California. For the purposes of this guide, a dealer of lead-acid batteries is referred to as a retailer. See this link for further information:

CAWA Meets with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to Discuss Telematics and Magnusson - Moss Warranty Act
CAWA's President & CEO and the legislative team met with the BAR Director and his key executive staff to discuss two issues of importance to the Association. The first issue was telematics and its impact on the industry, as well as, the motoring public. Of key, was the discussion of the vehicle owner owning the data in the vehicle. The second issue was the warranty rights (Magnusson - Moss Warranty Act) of the public as it relates to what replacement parts are used and where their vehicles are serviced. 

As a result of the meeting, CAWA's national partner in Aaron Lowe of the Auto Care Association will make a presentation to the BAR Advisory Group in April regarding telematics and CAWA will pursue a partnership with the BAR to educate the public about their warranty rights. For more information, contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603.

Tell your Congressional Representative - NO to the Border Adjustment Tax
See this video for more information or contact CAWA's Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins at or 916.871.0603. Click here to view.

Arizona Legislative Proposals are on CAWA's Radar
Although there are no industry specific bills proposed in the 2017 Arizona legislative session, CAWA is vigilant through its legislative advocate, Stuart Goodman based in Phoenix. See the enclosed report of legislative proposals in the process ( here).  Another member benefit.

Tom Skov of Genuine Parts Company is Appointed to CAWA's Board of Directors
CAWA Chair of the Board, Michael Antonelli of Vantage Marketing Global, has appointed Tom Skov of the Genuine Parts Company - NAPA to the Association's Board of Directors. When Chair Antonelli announced the appointment he commented that "the Genuine Parts Company - NAPA has been a member and major supporter of CAWA for some time. Thus, we are pleased to welcome Mr. Skov as their representative to our Association's leadership". Mr. Skov will attend the leadership meeting in June. See the complete press release here.

Don Keely and Erick Esparza Appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers Advisory Council
CAWA Chair of the Board, Michael Antonelli of Vantage Marketing Global, has appointed Don Keeling of Sunsong North America and Erick Esparza of Idemitsu Lubricants to the Association's Manufacturers' Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Antonelli announced the appointments he commented: "Mr. Keeling and Mr. Esparza are welcomed additions to the Association's leadership and we are pleased they have stepped forward and volunteered their service. Also, we are further pleased they will join our leadership team and get more involved with CAWA". They will attend their first leadership meeting in June. See the full press release here.

CAWA June Leadership Meeting will have Presentations by Experts and Leaders in the Auto Care industry
Beyond the conduct of Association business, the CAWA June 22-23 leadership meeting in San Diego will include presentations by the following individuals: 
  • Bill Long, President & COO, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association 
  • Jim Dykstra, Director, Innova Telematics Solutions at Innova Electronics Corporation, and
  • Mike Kealey, Dorman Products.  

Watch for registration materials to be distributed in May. All CAWA members, prospects and friends are invited to participate in leadership meetings. For more information see or call 800.332.2292. Another member benefit.

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


It's Tax Time and CAWA has a Resource Who Knows the Auto Care Industry that You Should Consider
An accounting and consulting firm, Wyman & Little, Inc, endorsed by CAWA and that many members currently use. Receive a $300 deduction in your dues should you become their client. Simply mention this article and start receiving accounting and consulting services from industry knowledgeable people. See here for details.

CAWA Participates in the Sacramento NAPA Distribution Center Customer Event
CAWA participated in the NAPA Distribution Center customer appreciation event held at Bill McAnally Racing facility this month. Many members were seen and issues of discussion fell around the new battery bill requirements set for an April 1, 2017 compliance date. 

CAWA representatives will also be attending the Levin's Auto Supply and the National Performance Warehouse customer events next month. Should you be interested in having CAWA at your company's event, contact or call 800.332.2292.

41 Million More Foreign Nameplates
As domestic nameplates fell in number and share of vehicles in operation (VIO) between 2005 and 2015, foreign nameplate cars and light trucks were recording a much different performance. Foreign nameplates increased 18 million between 2005 and 2010, expanding their VIO share by one-fifth. The situation was even more dynamic from 2010 to 2015. The number of foreign nameplates on the road soared 23 million, generating all of the increase in the nation's light vehicle population during those five years. This trend continued through 2016. The dramatic surge in foreign nameplate VIO is having a significant impact on aftermarket product volume and mix. Click here for details. Source: iReports

High School & College Collision/ Mechanical Career Fair in Phoenix - CAWA is a Co-Sponsor
The career fair will be held Saturday, April 15th at the LKQ/Keystone facility in Phoenix. It is conducted by the I-CAR Phoenix Committee, ASA of Arizona, and the Collision Repair Foundation. They expect 200-300 greater Phoenix area high school & college collision and mechanical students to be attending. CAWA supports these type of career fairs and will be promoting its industry specific job board and scholarship program to those in attendance. For more information, contact Another member benefit.

CAWA Scholarships 2017 Apply by a Week from this Friday - March 31st
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.

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