Media Centre

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

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 »

Celebrating 65-Years of the ARA

Last month the ARA celebrated a milestone anniversary of 65-years. Although much has changed over the years our commitment to improving Industry conditions for our members has not. This commitment is echoed in the long-standing membership of many of the ARA …read more »

Special Resolution to be Presented at 2017 AGM

Any time the ARA wishes to make changes to its Bylaws, it must seek approval front eh ARA Membership at the ARA AGM. This year, the ARA wishes to make one change to its Bylaws. The Board has considered that …read more »

Proposed Federal Tax System Changes Will Have Significant Costs to Automotive Businesses

ARA Members, According to announcements made by the federal Finance Minister this summer, changes are coming to the federal tax system that will have serious negative impacts on small businesses. Despite the intent of these changes, which are to prevent …read more »

New Challenge Pathway Requirement for ITA Automotive Glass Technician Ticket Beginning September 1, 2017

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 Sept 01, 2017, all trade qualifiers will need to submit proof of …read more »

Current Trends Impacting the Future Sustainability of the Auto Dismantling Industry: Update 2015-2016

In 2015, B-CAR commissioned a study examining the future sustainability of automotive dismantling and recycling in B.C. The objective was to discover barriers to sustainability and opportunities for growth. The study examined such things as salvage exports, GHG reductions, and …read more »

ARA Proposed Mandatory Vehicle Inspections White Paper

There is ample available literature on the topic of mandatory inspections spanning over 40 years, and when included as a value-added road safety measure, the ARA maintains that the evidence strongly supports the implementation of a mandatory vehicle safety inspection program. To …read more »

ARA Adds Expertise and Focus to PowerSports

Advisory ARA President, Ken McCormack, is pleased to welcome Paul McGeachie as Industry Advisor for the Motorcycle and PowerSport Division. This comes at a time when conversations with both industry and members are highlighting issues such as staff training and …read more »