About the Automotive Service Association
What Is ASA?
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) was founded in 1951 to help automotive shop owners statewide through resources, training, legislative representation, networking, communication efforts and more. Since our inception, our members have come to count on us to help them maintain the highest level of professionalism as their shops grow and change as new technology is introduced. We encourage all of our shops to strictly adhere to our Code of Ethics to ensure quality service to their customer.
The ASA-Connecticut is affiliated with the national ASA. ASA is the largest not-for-profit trade association of its kind serving automotive service professionals. ASA is dedicated to and governed by independent automotive service and repair professionals. ASA’s international membership base includes numerous affiliate, state and chapter groups from both the mechanical and collision repair segments of the automotive service industry.
The ASA-Connecticut Mission:
“Advancing professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation, and member services.”
What ASA Means to the Service Professional
ASA has the experience and knowledge to serve your needs. As a 64-year-old not-for-profit trade association, ASA has served the needs of mechanical, transmission and collision shop owners.
- ASA provides discounts on services you need to run your business. ASA’s benefits portfolio – the ASA Marketplace – offers more than 35 different programs from various leading organizations. Any one of these programs could easily pay for your yearly membership dues.
- ASA supports positive legislation and combats proposed legislation that could harm our industry. Our full-time lobbyist spends time on Capitol Hill fighting for your rights and fights for local groups when regional issues arise. There is strength in numbers. By adding your voice to our membership rolls, ASA becomes a more effective organization. Learn more at TakingTheHill.com.
- ASA reinvests your membership dollars in the industry through its legislative activities, annual trade shows and ongoing education initiatives.
- ASA strives to provide you with the best management training possible. We have partnered with and contribute financially to the Automotive Management Institute. AMI offers a wide variety of business courses, all designed to help you make a profit and succeed in business. Upon completion of course requirements, you receive the certification of Accredited Automotive Manager. This designation is the only one of its kind for our industry.
- ASA provides you with invaluable information. A monthly award-winning magazine, newsletters, a directory of members and a website with a consumer feature to find the nearest ASA shop are just a few of the tools at your fingertips. Many members say the information and research tools are worth the price of membership.
- ASA business meetings and networking functions are instructional and informative. In addition to the world’s largest collision repair event, the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), ASA sponsors the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) for our mechanical/transmission members, and we hold an annual business meeting for members. Technical and management seminars are the hallmark of ASA’s meetings, providing you the opportunity to share knowledge and enhance business relationships.
- ASA can make the difference for you. Invest in the leading automotive trade association and let ASA work for you. If you want to be sure your views are heard and your membership dollars are used responsibly, join ASA today!
Additional Facts & Benefits
Upholding the Standards
ASA has set standards, known as the Code of Ethics, that all members are expected to uphold. This code is an outline of responsible automotive consumer service practices. The automobile owner may be assured that businesses belonging to ASA are part of an association that advances professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services.
Levels of Membership
There are varying levels of membership in ASA:
- General members – Establishments that perform automotive repair services
- Affiliate members – Suppliers of goods, services or equipment to the industry
- Corporate members – Organizations offering support to and having interest in the success of ASA-CT
ASA works to protect your rights with a full-time representative in Washington, D.C.
Two Major Divisions
ASA consists of two major divisions
ASA hosts several events each year:
- The Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) for mechanical/transmission professionals
- The International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) for collision professionals
- An annual business meeting for the general membership
- Regional and affiliated association events held throughout the year
ASA-CT hosts several events each year:
- Monthly meetings September-May each year throughout Connecticut
- Annual Fall Banquet in September
- Annual Golf Outing in June, benefiting various organizations