Media Centre

Here is a list of recent news articles about the ARA.

2018 Foundation Awards

  IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO REMEMBER WHERE THEY CAME FROM Bob Clarke served the ARA for many years. He was tireless in working to build a viable automotive industry in B.C. He was, to many, the one who helped …read more »

Automotive Retailers Publishing offering marketing communications expertise to ARA members

We Can Help Promote Your Business Automotive Retailers Publishing (ARP) is now offering our marketing communications expertise to ARA members. We provide print and online publication services specifically for the automotive retailer, including graphic design, copywriting, and production. Allow our …read more »

Exclusive discount for ARA Members on RPM Training

During the Lordco Show at the Pacific National Exhibition on April 9th and 10th that Automotive Retailers Association in partnership with the Results Performance Mastery (Murray Voth) will offer an exclusive discount for our members on the following training   …read more »

Association supports government tracking of luxury car cash purchases

        Vancouver, B.C. (February 27, 2018) – The president of the 1,000-member Automotive Retailers Association (ARA), representing British Columbia’s aftermarket automotive sales and repair business, supports government tracking of cash purchases of luxury and super cars while …read more »

Become a Green Garage

The ARA’s Green Garage Program is a self-certification award program designed specifically for shop owners and managers that not only care about the environment, but who also wish to become recognized as responsible environmental stewards in their local communities. By becoming a Green …read more »

Jump Start – Newsletter

Hello Mechanical Industry, Click on the download button and check out the 2nd edition of the Newsletter “Jump Start” developed specifically for the mechanical industry. You will find important information such as feedback received from shops throughout BC, Industry Tips, …read more »

Monthly Video Updates

Beginning with the March 2018 editions, the ARA now provides members with monthly updates on the key activities of the Association and its eight Divisions. ARA President & CEO, Ken McCormack, will deliver updates regarding the ARA in general in …read more »

Press Conference January 31, 2018

The ARA held a press conference on January 31, 2018 to provide input in response to recent news about ICBC’s financial losses. ARA President & CEO, Ken McCormack, spoke to reporters from most of the major news media outlets, explaining …read more »

Joint Industry Review: MNP Report

The following is the final report by MNP resulting from the Joint Industry Review, originally published in November, 2016 (PDF): Joint Industry Review Final Report, November 2016

Development pressures and soaring city taxes forces iconic auto repair shop’s move out of Vancouver

The Tremblay family servicing cars in Vancouver dates back 90 years. Alfred Tremblay, known as ‘Chief’, and his brother Alex opened their first auto repair service garage on downtown Keefer Street in 1928. The brothers were successful and started Alex’s …read more »

ARA defends its members against unsupported allegations by ICBC Union of over-billing

Approximately a month ago, a news report surfaced stating claims by the union representing ICBC adjusters that collision repair facilities were over-billing ICBC for repairs. A “whistle blower” inside ICBC made the allegations that service providers were padding the bills …read more »

Automotive Retailers Association says allegations of collision repair overbilling unfounded

In a November 20, 2017 press release, the president of British Columbia’s aftermarket automotive association spoke out against allegations that member collision shops are overbilling the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Read the full press release here.

The Ed Coates Memorial Foundation (ECMF) Makes Largest Single Donation to Date

On behalf of the ECMF Board of Directors, Ed Coates’ daughter, Candace Gottschalk, announced the ECMF Board’s commitment to an annual gift of $5,000 to the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc (ARFI) to assist in achieving its goal to further education …read more »

Update to the Challenge Pathway Requirement for ITA Automotive Glass Technician Ticket

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) have partnered to deliver the new Automotive Glass Technician challenge pathway. At the request of industry, beginning September 1, 2017, all trade qualifiers need to submit proof of successful …read more »

Notice of Bursary in Memory of Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson joined the ARA just a few years ago when he learned of the important work the ARA was doing to improve trades training at B.C. colleges. He was an active member of the Automotive Sector Advisory Committee (ASAG) …read more »