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HDDA: Heavy Duty Launches First Five Categories for Defining HD Standards Attributes

Posted by Auto Care News on July 25, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – July 25, 2018 – HDDA: Heavy Duty, the heavy duty aftermarket-focused community of the Auto Care Association, today announced the next steps in its industry-shifting project to develop standardized product data information for class 4–8 vehicles. The next phase of the project involves defining the attributes for the top 20 categories of parts.

Auto Care Association Testifies Before Department of Commerce on Section 232 Auto Investigation

Posted by Auto Care News on July 19, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – July 19, 2018 – Today, Auto Care Association President and CEO Bill Hanvey testified before the Department of Commerce (Commerce) in Washington, D.C. on the Section 232 National Security Investigation of Imports of Automobiles and Automotive Parts. In Hanvey’s testimony, the Auto Care Association urged the Trump administration to consider the severity of unintended consequences that may ensue by imposing of tariffs on imported autos and auto parts, including the negative impact it may have on the U.S. economy and jobs, our global competitiveness, and U.S. consumers and families.

Auto Care Association Establishes Al Gaspar Memorial Fund

Posted by Auto Care News on July 09, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – July 9, 2018 – In recognition of its former president and CEO, Al Gaspar, the Auto Care Association has established a memorial fund in his honor. Donations made to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation in Gaspar’s memory will be used to fund scholarships and industry educational initiatives.

Study Finds Over 100,000 Industry Jobs at Risk with Tariffs on Imported Auto Parts

Posted by Auto Care News on July 02, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. – July 2, 2018 – The Auto Care Association last Friday urged the Trump administration to consider the severity of unintended consequences that may ensue by imposing tariffs on imported autos and auto parts, including the negative impact it would have on both the U.S. automotive industry and the jobs created by these imports, but also the U.S. economy at large.

Auto Care Association Named Red Hot Association

Posted by Auto Care News on June 22, 2018
BETHESDA, Md. – June 22, 2018 – The Auto Care Association was recognized as a “Red Hot Association” by DCA Live at the DCA Live 2018 Red Hot Not Profits and Associations event this week in Arlington, Va. The event honored Washington, D.C.-based organizations that demonstrated performance as a high growth or innovative nonprofit or association.

Auto Care Association Supports Supreme Court Decision Allowing States to Collect Online Sales Tax

Posted by Auto Care News on June 21, 2018
The Auto Care Association applauds today’s decision by the Supreme Court to permit states to collect sales tax on purchases of products made over the Internet. The 5-4 decision means that online sellers will now be on a level playing field with brick and mortar retailers regarding charging sales tax. The Auto Care Association had filed an amicus brief with other retail groups urging the Supreme Court to hear the case based on the price advantage that the current system provided on-line sellers. The decision overturns a previous Supreme Court decision that required companies to have a physical presence in the state where the purchaser resided in order to charge sales tax.

U.S. Aftermarket to Grow at an Annual Rate (CAGR) of 3.4% through 2021

Posted by Auto Care News on June 21, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The U.S. automotive aftermarket is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4 percent through 2021, according to the “2018 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced jointly by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Auto Care Association.


The 2018 Joint Channel Forecast Model also predicts that the total aftermarket sales will grow from $286 billion in 2017 to $327 billion in 2021, an increase of nearly $41 billion over the four-year period.

Keywords: auto care industry