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February 14, 2017 Week In Connections

Another View of Vehicle Telematics
See video for additional information on telematics and its relationship to the independent auto care industry.


An Overview of California's New Battery Requirements - What You Should Know and Prepare for Your Business
  • CA Assembly Bill (AB) 2153 
  • Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016 (see enclosed information here). 
  • Health and Safety Code (HSC) 25215. 
  • Battery dealers/retailers and manufacturers are affected by the Act. 
  • The Act imposes two separate $1 fees on the sale and purchase of lead-acid batteries (those commonly found in vehicles). 
    • California Battery Fee 
    • Manufacturer Battery Fee 
  • Fees Begin April 1, 2017. 
  • The Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the administration of these new fees in cooperation with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 
If you are a retailer or manufacturer of batteries that will be sold in California, see the enclosure (here) for more relevant and specific information on what you should know regarding this new requirement. 

Also, contact our California based Legislative Advocate, Gary Conover, with questions at 916.233.9655 or

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Battery Bill in California
See the enclosure ( here) and contact our California based legislative advocate, Gary Conover with additional questions.

He can be reached at 916.233.9655 or

These Manufacturers Are the Biggest Contributors in Support of CAWA's Government Affairs Program
These companies are the biggest 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).


Brake Parts Inc
Standard Motor Products
Walker Products

Wal-Mart Enters Car-Selling Business
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest retailer, is jumping into car sales through partnerships with dealership groups, including AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest new-vehicle retailer. 

See the enclosed article ( here) for details. Source: Hannah Lutz, Automotive News

AAPEX Announces 2017 Dates
AAPEX 2017 will take place Tuesday, October 31 through Thursday, November 2, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Online registration will be available in May 2017. Buyers who would like to be notified when registration opens can sign up on the AAPEX website. For hotel reservations, buyers and exhibitors are encouraged to use OnPeak, the event's official hotel partner, for the lowest rates at conveniently located hotels in Las Vegas. For further details see ( here).

A Simple Explanation of the Proposed Border Adjustability Tax (BAT)
See this short video ( here) which explains the tax concept. See our Director of Government Affairs, Jennifer Zins for more information ( or 916.871.0603) and to write your member of Congress in opposition to the BAT.

What Sales Teams Can Learn from the New England Patriots
Even if you hate the New England Patriots, you have to admit they have a formula that works. And the truth is, their secret sauce isn't so secret, in fact, it's rather simple and obvious. 

While simple and obvious doesn't mean easy, here's how your team can use their formula to dominate their own field of play, provided you've got the stomach for it. See more ( here). Source: John Chapin

Now Offering FULL SERVICE American Express Processing!!
Sign up with our partner Superior Financial Services and get 4-in-1 processing - Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. One batch, one deposit, one statement to rule them all. See the enclosure ( here) for details and to review the latest hand held device for payment processing from SFS ( here). Another member benefit.

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