California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)

Sacramento, CA 95670


About California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA)


4030 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, CA 95670
United States

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The California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) is a non-profit trade association representing automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers, jobbers, warehouse distributors and retailers in the three states it serves. The Association was formed in 1955 and serves as the voice of the aftermarket parts industry in the West. CAWA prides itself on quality customer service to its members and the industry.

Legislative and regulatory advocacy is a hallmark benefit and service of the Association. CAWA has joined forces out West with our national counterpart, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association(AAIA) to assure the industry is represented in the Sacramento, Carson City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. capitols and government administrative offices. Issues of critical importance to the aftermarket industry oftentimes originate in California and migrate to other states in the nation. As such, CAWA provides for the first line of defense for the automotive aftermarket industry.

CAWA also provides many business services to its membership. From free legal services to business insurances and training, CAWA has earned the reputation of being the premiere aftermarket parts trade association out West.

CAWA Mission

The mission of CAWA is to provide communications, education, legislative and regulatory advocacy and group purchasing of services for its members while promoting the automotive aftermarket industry.

Code of Ethics

We believe in the American system of free enterprise and we are aware of our responsibility to our customers, our employees, our manufacturers, our competitors, our industry and our government.

In RECOGNITION THEREOF, we pledge our adherence to the following principles.

We have adopted SERVICE, QUALITY & INTEGRITY, as our policy.

  • SERVICE - The most efficient to be rendered to our customers.
  • QUALITY - The best obtainable in organization, equipment and product.
  • INTEGRITY - The highest in principle, honesty and sincerity.

CAWA Volunteer Leadership

The membership of CAWA and the automotive aftermarket industry recognize the commitment of the Association's leadership and thanks them for their time and energy in promoting and protecting the interests of the industry in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington D.C.

The volunteer leadership of CAWA gives of their time, resources and intellect to assure the aftermarket's voice is heard in state and federal legislative capitols and in the halls of government administration. Furthermore, the Association's leadership contemplates and researches ways to positively impact the aftermarket's profitability and market share through studies, industry alerts and the provision of quality, competitive programs and services.

CAWA is grateful for the commitment of these individuals and as a member of the aftermarket industry, you should be too. It is because of their service and dedication, the industry is assured to continue its vibrancy and profitability in an ever changing future.

Products & Press Releases

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CAWA announces 2014-2015 scholarship winners

July 21, 2014
CAWA provided $10,000 in scholarships this year to eleven individuals.
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CAWA reports on status of California legislation that could impact auto aftermarket industry

June 16, 2014
The association is focusing on the following topics: nitrous oxide dispensing and distributing, biosynthetic lubricants and telematics legislation.

CAWA appoints vice chairs for 2014

Jan. 31, 2014
CAWA Chair of the Board of Directors, Ron Aparicio, of Motul USA, Inc. has appointed the committee chairs and vice chairs for 2014.

Website provides guidance on copper-free brake pad rules

Jan. 3, 2014
New laws in California and Washington take effect in 2014.
Training and Resources

CAWA hosts training meeting on Feb. 17 in Napa, Calif.

Dec. 27, 2013
Topics to cover how national issues affect individual firms, EBAY Motors, industry consolidation and more.
Training and Resources

Aftermarket Industry Summit in Sacramento to address telematics

Dec. 2, 2013
Summit on Feb. 8 to address telematics among industry issues.
Industry News

NAPA's Dan Askey to keynote CAWA dinner meeting

Oct. 22, 2013
Askey to address future opportunities for the automotive aftermarket.

NAPA's Dave Askey to Keynote CAWA annual meeting in Las Vegas

Sept. 9, 2013
CAWA annual meeting to be Nov. 3,2013 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Industry News

SB 750 "Key Access Bill" fails passage in California Assembly

July 11, 2012
CAWA instrumental in stopping California bill aimed at restricting access to certain aftermarket parts, key information access.

Articles & News

Industry News

David Simms is elected as CAWA's 2024 secretary to the board of directors

July 25, 2023
Simms operates NAPA stores in Lodi and Galt, California.
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Industry News

CAWA 2023 scholarship winners announced

July 6, 2023
The California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers' Association (CAWA) provided over $13,250 in scholarships this year to 13 individuals.
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Chris Zeran appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council
Company/Association News

Chris Zeran appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council

Chris Zeran of Tenneco has been appointed to CAWA's Manufacturers' Advisory Council.
Industry News

Dan Rader of Mevotech appointed to CAWA’s Manufacturers' Advisory Council

May 9, 2023
Rader is the U.S. sales team’s vice president of sales for Mevotech.
Industry News

CAWA joins the Global Right to Repair Movement for vehicles

April 18, 2023
Automotive aftermarket releases best practice guidelines for legislators
Industry News

CAWA joins global Right to Repair movement for vehicles

April 4, 2023
Automotive aftermarket releases best practice guidelines for legislators
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Mike Harris of Holstein Parts appointed to CAWA’s manufacturers' advisory council

March 30, 2023
The industry veteran comes to the role with over 37 years in the automotive aftermarket.
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Motorcar Parts of America to be exclusive sponsor of CAWA’s annual dinner gala

Aug. 19, 2022
The annual event is the highlight of the year for the association and is dedicated to raising funds for the association’s scholarship programs.
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Industry News

CAWA announces 2022 scholarship winners

June 13, 2022
CAWA provided over $13,000 in scholarships this year to 13 individuals.

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