Create an environment where B.C. automotive professionals can invest, innovate, and thrive, so they keep B.C. moving and drive a vibrant B.C. economy.
The ARA is the central trusted body cultivating an environment that secures a vibrant future for the B.C. automotive service industry.
What We Do
The ARA represents the automotive service industry in British Columbia by working with the government and stakeholders in ways that help entrepreneurs grow and thrive.
Group Health Insurance
The ARA boasts Canada’s longest running (since 1952) and most stable association group benefits plan. Because it is self-administered, our priority is working for YOU, not the insurance company.
The ARA gathers industry and market condition data, government policy information, and a plethora of other information relevant to the B.C. automotive industry, to help entrepreneurs grow and thrive.
Development & Training
The ARA’s training website provides unique online courses. The ARA also works with external educators to provide the training necessary for businesses to remain viable in today’s automotive service industry.
The ARA’s buying power gives members special pricing on a wide range of products and services offered by our supplier partners. These savings can pay for your ARA membership many times over.
Participation in our industry certification programs demonstrates your commitment to business excellence, and customer service, and meeting and exceeding industry standards.
To learn more about specific ARA divisions, select a division from the list here.
Why Join the ARA?
If your business is in the automotive service industry, you should be a member of the ARA.
When you join the ARA, you become a member of our buyers’ group, which provides the opportunity to save money on things like our employee benefits program, business and home insurance, group RRSP plan, credit card processing, office supplies, uniforms, coveralls and work wear, collection services, and much more. These savings go directly to your bottom line, and they can pay for your ARA membership many times over.
As the steward of the health of the industry, the ARA is the voice, representing you and all your peers with government and all stakeholders. Even if you do nothing else, by being a member you are supporting the industry that supports you.
The ARA is the hub connecting you with others who matter, from your peers to industry experts, the government, training providers, other associations, and suppliers. Division meetings, industry conferences, training, and social events are examples of networking opportunities for ARA members.
The ARA boasts a dedicated staff of 14 professionals with multiple areas of specialization to serve members. Add to that the expertise of our many industry volunteers, and you have the best of the best at your disposal. We can help you with practically everything you need to succeed.
Sponsorship opportunities, promotional materials, advertising in our publications, trade shows, industry events, webinars, and our preferred supplier programs are but a few examples of how the ARA can help you promote your products and services.
License & lien searches, lien registrations, ICBC damage checks, CarProof, collections, forms, signs, decals, and more…these are among the products and services the ARA provides to members at special rates.
The ARA is the largest association of its kind in Canada.