ASAAA launches legislative education and awareness program

Aiming to increase the recognition by state policymakers of the major positive economic and consumer benefits generated by the automotive aftermarket parts and service industry, the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA), unveiled their national industry education and awareness program aimed at promoting the importance, quality, value and availability of aftermarket replacement parts and services during  AAIA's recent Leadership Days in Scottsdale.      

The ASAAA Legislator Education and Awareness Program, which creates a blueprint whereby state associations and industry companies can implement an educational process, send unified industry messages and use innovative resources in their own State Capitols, has been guided by an advisory team and coordinated by a project manager.  The campaign has achieved a number of objectives to date and continues to build on this momentum.  In addition, a team of industry experts including representatives from AAIA, AASA, AutoZone, LKQ Corporation and AWDA served to help guide ASAAA in the development of the campaign. 

"The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness among policymakers across the country about the benefits of a vibrant and robust aftermarket industry," said Rodney K. Pierini, Chair, ASAAA Program Committee. "We are pleased of offer this program to interested state and regional associations and aftermarket companies to help strengthen the aftermarket's government affairs presence throughout the country."      

As states are taking the initiative on many legislative fronts it is becoming more critical than ever for new and returning lawmakers in all states to be educated about the quality, availability and lower cost consumer alternative of aftermarket replacement parts and service. This campaign is geared to help ensure consistency and fairness in the government affairs process and eliminate the misconception about the value and importance that aftermarket replacement parts and service play in the American economy.

"In state Capitols nationwide industry advocates are faced with the challenge of educating legislative bodies about the value and importance that aftermarket replacement parts and service contribute to the nation's economy and the motoring public", said Barbara Crest, President of ASAAA. "However, when describing aftermarket replacement parts and service, words like 'imitation', 'inferior', 'not of like kind and quality' are used by our opposition to confuse policymakers and discredit our industry. ASAAA's campaign will arm our industry advocates and company executives with information to promote and protect the industry's interests in the legislative and regulatory processes with a consistent and unified voice."     

The ASAAA Legislator Education and Awareness Program, which was officially launched in January, has received generous financial support from ASAAA, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA), the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), AutoZone, LKQ Corporation, General Parts, Inc. – CARQUEST, Genuine Parts Company – NAPA, Advance Auto Parts, Robert Bosch Corporation and Remy Power Products.

To learn more about this program or to become a financial contributor, contact Rodney K. Pierini, Chair, ASAAA Committee on "Legislator and Awareness and Education Program" Project at 916-635-9774 or admin@cawa.org.

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