The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. continued to lead the industry in advocating on behalf of the automotive aftermarket at the Auto Care Association’s Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Sept. 18 and 19.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing JC Washbish and Marketing Manager Jim Holik joined other members of Young Auto Care Networking Group at the Auto Care Association’s
Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo courtesy of the Auto Care Association).

More than a dozen representatives from across Alliance membership channels – including multiple Alliance leaders, warehouse distributors, and Certified Service center owners – met up in the nation’s capital to speak to U.S. congressmen and senators about how issues like the Right to Repair and Your Car, Your Data are affecting both technicians and vehicle owners.

Henry Slack, President of Slack Auto Parts Company, LLC, joined other industry professionals at the Auto Care Association’s
Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo coutesy of the Auto Care Association).

The Alliance’s coalition joined 300 other auto care leaders and professionals at the summit, which was the biggest in the industry to date. The largest delegation came from Texas, which included 4M Parts Warehouse’s President Lanny Martindale and President of Sales, Marketing, and Product Management Craig Meadows, Auto Value members of the Alliance.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.’s E-Commerce Solutions Director Doug Wiggins and Vice President of Sales and Marketing JC Washbish joined other industry professionals at the Auto Care Association’s Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo courtesy of the Auto Care Association).

“To see so many folks show up and march the hill together makes me proud of our industry,” Meadows said, “Our right to repair and our right to our data is critical for every American car owner, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a voice for these campaigns in Washington. I can’t wait until we march the hill together as a group in 2021!”

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc.’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing JC Washbish, Tri-States Automotive Warehouse President Kelly Spence Connolly, The Merrill Company Vice President of Information Systems Eric Johnson, and Automotive Parts Headquarters President and CEO Corey Bartlett joined other members of the Auto Care Association Ambassador Program at the Auto Care Association’s Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo courtesy of the Auto Care Association).

In addition to the 4M Parts Warehouse and Alliance members, representatives from ABC Auto, Automotive Parts Headquarters, C& M Auto Service, Replacement Parts Inc., Slack Auto Parts Company, The Detroit Garage, and Vast-Auto Distribution Ltd. also flew out to D.C. for the summit.

They explained to members of Congress that as vehicles become more and more complex, the data they keep about their drivers become more and more personal – and vehicle owners don’t have access to or ownership of any of it. This poses a privacy concern to vehicle owners, and a logistical concern to independent repair shops, who need some of that data in order to do fix vehicles. Failure to pass legislation on these two issues could threaten the ability of consumers to find economical, high quality repairs.

Andy Massoll, founder and CEO of The Detroit Garage, joined other industry professionals including Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, at the Auto Care Association’s Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo courtesy of the Auto Care Association).

“Owning your data is a big deal, and not enough people know about it yet. We need to get in front of the problem before it becomes a problem,” said Fletcher Lord III, president of Replacement Parts, Inc. He and his father, E. Fletcher Lord, Jr., were among the delegates from Replacement Parts at the summit. “Honestly, I’m looking forward to April 2021 when our group will go to the hill and we’ll be able to show our presence and support of the Your Car, Your Data campaign.”

Eric Johnson, vice president of information systems for The Merrill Company, joined other industry professionals at the Auto Care Association’s Legislative Summit Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
(Photo coutesy of the Auto Care Association).

The Alliance’s strong showing at the Legislative Summit was a part of an ongoing effort by the program group to take a stand on the challenges facing the industry. At its 2019 Summer Shareholder Meeting, the Alliance brought in one of the industry’s top political advocates from the Auto Care Association to speak to attendees. At the group’s 2019 Sales & Marketing Forum, a Texas state senator addressed the crowds. And in 2021, the Alliance will bring 1,500 people to Washington, D.C. for its Alliance Takes the Hill 2021 Convention.

“These issues are becoming increasingly prevalent and problematic to our industry,” said JC Washbish, vice president of sales and marketing for the Alliance. “We’re proud to lead the industry in fighting for our rights.”

About Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper
Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper are part of the independent member network of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, the premier aftermarket distribution and marketing program group in the world. As a network of independent warehouse distributors, we are the industry choice for quality parts and service with thousands of parts stores and professional repair shops across North America, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Columbia, Europe and China. Our members pride themselves on responding to the individual needs of each customer and providing unequaled products and service throughout the Alliance’s global network.


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