General Information about WAIA

What the Automotive Aftermarket Throughout the Country Needs to Know About New Regulatory Requirements for Brake Pads

The states of California and Washington have enacted new laws that will require major changes to the composition of brakes, including a reduction in the use of copper. While these new laws impose extensive requirements on brake manufacturers, both original equipment and aftermarket,  firms that distribute, sell and install brake pads also will be saddled […]

Ecology announces the adoption of the Better Brakes Rule!

In 2010, Washington became the first state to pass legislation regulating the content of brake friction materials. The Better Brakes Law, Chapter 70.285 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), requires a phase-out of copper, asbestos, and several heavy metals from brake friction materials sold or offered for sale in the state. Brakes manufactured after January 1, […]

WAWA Changes its Name

A small, but important, change to our name. WAWA was founded in 1960 as Washington State Automotive Wholesalers Association. In 1972 “State” was dropped from the name of the organization and it has been known as WAWA ever since.  On several occasions over the years a name change had been discussed by the various boards […]

Massachusetts Legislature passed the right to repair bill

On July 31, at the stroke of midnight, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the right to repair bill after the car companies, new car dealers and our Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition reached a last minute agreement.   While the bill still needs to be signed by the Governor, the agreement reached after months of negotiations […]

Washington’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry

Summary: The automotive aftermarket industry supplies the products and services that are fundamental to the proper maintenance and repair of passenger cars, minivans, sports cars, pickups, heavy-duty and sport utility vehicles. Our industry manufactures, distributes and sells motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Typically, aftermarket jobs are located in repair shops, […]

Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for Small Employers

Are you a small employer?    Get the credit you deserve. If you are a small employer. . .With fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees? That pays an average wage of less than $50,000 a year? And pays at least half of employee health insurance premiums? . . .then there is a tax credit that may […]

ASAAA Launches its Legislative Awareness Program Website

ASAAA’s Legislator Awareness and Education Program is designed to provide automotive aftermarket industry associations and companies with information and tools to communicate key industry messages to policymakers throughout the country.   The Program aims to educate and make legislators, their staffs and other key state policymakers aware of the need for a robust and vibrant […]

Personal car-sharing takes off as states ease insurance laws

  Baby, you can drive my car … for a few bucks. Seeing a business opportunity in millions of cars that sit idle at office parking lots or on weekends, several start-up companies have introduced “peer-to-peer” car-sharing services aimed at matching urban dwellers without cars and car owners looking to make some extra cash. There […]

Why partners need a buy-sell agreement to properly plan for the business’s future

If you’re in business with a partner or partners, what happens if one of you dies, becomes disabled, departs the business or there is a dissolution?   Without a buy-sell agreement in place, the remaining partner could be left in business with a surviving spouse, an unwanted third party who doesn’t know the business, or […]

Employee Handbooks: Who Needs Them?

A well-written handbook provides a cornerstone for positive employer-employee communication, and can be a great tool to ensure that each employee receives the same information, in clear language, about your company’s policies and expectations. A handbook may also offer valuable legal protection if an employee or former employee challenges you in court.    It is […]