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Our History

The Automotive Service Association is the largest organization representing the independent automotive repair and service industry.

ASA was formed in 1986 with the consolidation of the industry’s two leading associations in the United States: Automotive Service Council, Inc. (ASC) and, the Independent Automotive Service Association (IASA)

The consolidation unified national membership from the two organizations, each having a history of serving the industry for 45 years.  The IASA originated as the Independent Garageman’s Association of Texas in 1949 with 18 repair shops, and eventually grew into a national organization.

ASC was formed in 1951 as the Independent Garage Owners of American (IGOA), evolving from several state-wide groups throughout the country.  In 1973, IGOA completed a merger with the Auto Body Association of American, which established an  auto body council, and became ASC.

ASA is dedicated to:

Enhancing through education the professionalism of the automotive repair/service businesses.

Informing the motoring public of the quality nature of ASA member workmanship.

Representing the industry in legislative matters.

Acting as a spokesperson for the industry at the national and local level.

National ASA headquarters are located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area.  The association also maintains an office in Washington D.C. and employs a full time lobbyist in our nation’s capital.

The structure of ASA is divided into three divisions—Mechanical, Transmission and Collision.

Each of these divisions offer an impressive array of benefits to the members.  These include management and technician training seminars, video tapes, technical bulletins, management and technical hot line information, a credit union, Retro Programs, insurance, cellular discounts, laundry savings and many other business services at a savings to the members.

Today there are three major national events sponsored by ASA.

An Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference

Each year ASA  members  gather to exchange ideas and
information and to discuss new developments within our
industry.  The conference offers ASAMI and management
seminars, workshops, optional activities  and guest speakers.
Attendees learn  about manufactures, technological
developments and activities in our nation’s capital.

The National Auto body Congress and Exposition (NACE)

The largest show of its kind, NACE is held specifically for the
benefit of the collision repair professional.  Highlights of the
Congress include educational and informational AMI
seminars dealing with business management, all phases
of collision repair, and open forum meetings which address
those special problems associated with the collision
industry.  The three day trade show attracts many  suppliers
and is the largest trade show of its kind in the world.

CARS provides mechanical and transmission
attendees  the opportunity to attend both business,
technical and AMI management seminars.   Additionally,
each year delegates are presented with the latest
developments in equipment, services and the ever
changing technology designed into today’s vehicles.

Major events conducted by ASA Northwest are:
The Automotive Training Expo (ATE) held annually.  Over 80 exhibitors  present their equipment, products and services.  Forty management and technical training seminars.

Throughout the year many training seminars are either presented or sponsored by ASA Northwest.  These seminars are scheduled throughout Washington and Oregon covering information that is useful to mechanical, transmission and collision business owners and technicians.

Each year two Management Conference Retreats are scheduled at resort locations in Washington or Oregon.  These retreats offer an excellent opportunity for business owners to break-away from the daily business tasks and enjoy a relaxing weekend with fellow industry members, and their spouses. However, it’s not all fun and games as each retreat offers industry round table discussions and at least one management oriented seminar.

ASA Northwest produces a monthly member e-mail publication, the Dateline.  The Dateline publishes articles of interest to the mechanical, transmission, and collision members.  Topics include general industry news, new products and services, management, environmental and legislative news. The Dateline is the source for information on new regulations that affect the members businesses.

ASA Northwest is involved with educators and students, pointing out the opportunities available in this industry and suggesting specific educational requirements necessary to perform the many and varied job functions required today.

Recognizing that a solid image is essential to attracting employees, ASA Northwest is constantly seeking and supporting ways to improve the image of the industry.  It is paramount however, that we recognize our strengths and contribution to this country and its transportation system, and constantly present a positive image to the media, educators, parents and, most importantly to our present employees if we are to have any chance of success in attracting qualified employees to this industry in future years.