(Sacramento, CA. - August 31, 2017) CAWA is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) regarding a consumer education focus on the motoring public's warranty rights. Recall, the federal Magnusson Moss Warranty Act says a consumer will not void their manufacturers' warranty is they maintain and repair their vehicle at a facility other than the new car dealers.
CAWA, along with its national partners, the Auto Care Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), introduced a bill this session in California, to require new car dealers, at the point of sale, to make the consumer aware of this Act while they were purchasing a new vehicle.
As a complimentary measure, CAWA's legislative team also turned to state regulators to assure consumers were aware of the Act. Association representatives met last week with the Chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair, Pat Dorais and his executive staff to brief them on the Act. They were extremely appreciative and eager to work with CAWA and other industry partners on collaborative efforts.
In a follow up email to the Association, this is what Mr. Dorais said regarding the meeting: "It was our pleasure meeting with you ...thank you so much to CAWA for pushing this important consumer protection issue. It also is an important one for the automotive repair industry. We look forward to partnering with you on the outreach ideas we discussed, as well as any other initiatives that might come up in the process".
CAWA is excited about this partnership and looks forward to working with the BAR to educate consumers of their automotive warranty rights.
CAWA is a regional automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and program groups. The Association provides education, legislative, regulatory and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.
CAWA President & CEO