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A Look Back and Ahead for the ARA

In 2022, the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) enjoyed a number of achievements through its events, initiatives, and partnerships. The ARA looks forward to continuing these efforts in order to further support the success of automotive entrepreneurs in B.C. in 2023. 2022 was a milestone year for the ARA. As COVID-19 restrictions eased across the province, …

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BCIT’s ASTO Co-Op Students Are Available for Hire

In light of labour shortages in the automotive service industry, recruiting co-op students or apprentices who have undergone automotive program training can provide a steady supply of skilled and dedicated workers to maintain smooth operations in the shop. The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) offers the Automotive Service Technician and Operations (ASTO) Co-op Program,1 a …

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It’s Time to Become EVfriendly

A blazing Tesla raises questions about towing, storage, repair, safety, training, and more. On May 20, 2022, in North Vancouver, Jamil Jutha was driving his 2021 Tesla Model Y when he received an error message just before his vehicle lost power. The vehicle shut down, smoke filled the cabin, and Jutha kicked his way out …

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Auto Parts Locating System: Allied vs Car-Part

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) conducted an industry survey on locating and purchasing recycled parts. The survey results are below. In September of 2021, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced that it will begin phasing out the Allied Recyclers Parts Locating (APL) system and replacing it with Car-Part.com. The announcement caught everyone off-guard, …

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