Adrian Scovell
President & CEO
Phone: 604-432-7987

Media Centre

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

Going Green

Growth in electric vehicle Sales brings new challenges for the automotive industry. By 2040, all new cars sold should be electric, as mandated by the B.C. government. It is an ambitious goal and one everyone involved in the automotive industry …read more »

ARA’s Towing Division Launches Red Lights Petition

The ARA’s towing and recovery division has launched a petition aimed at allowing tow trucks to display flashing red lights. The hope is that this will raise public awareness of tow operators working roadside and reduce the number of incidents …read more »

WCR Raises $5750 for ARFI

“When we were thinking of doing a charity auction, I couldn’t think of a better cause,” said Cody Darby of Western Canada Remarketing Inc. (WCR). “Tools and school are expensive so we want to make a difference for somebody.” WCR …read more »

ICBC Announces Material Cost Allowance Adjustments

On June 13, ICBC announced they will be making adjustments to material cost allowances for collision and commercial vehicle repair suppliers. They will be providing a six percent increase for materials related to body work and 11 percent for paint …read more »

It’s About Doing Your Best, Not Gender

“To me, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female as long as you can do the job,” said Amanda Koehler, Red Seal motorcycle technician and BCIT instructor. And can Amanda ever do the job. After obtaining her Red …read more »

Leah’s Automotive and Nail Lounge is Open for Business!

When Leah Gillanders worked for Toyota early in her career, she watched customers go to the spa while their cars were serviced and thought, “Wow, why can’t that be in one place?” Thanks to her innovation, that is now a …read more »

ARA Contributes to Fallen Tower’s Memorial

Last November, Wayne Kernachan, a tower from Castlegar, was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while assisting a motorist at an accident scene. The tragedy shook the community and as a result, the graduating class of Stanley Humphries Secondary …read more »

The Benefits of being a Woman in the Automotive Industry

Many are quick to ask the lone woman in the body shop if she faces any challenges being the minority. Kiara Reissner sees it as an opportunity. “Everyone asks me if I have experienced anything bad [about being a woman …read more »

Auto Glass Industry Launches Petition

Automotive glass professionals have long understood their responsibility with regard to public safety. Repairs must maintain a vehicle’s structural integrity in order to protect the occupants in the event of an accident. More recent automotive technology, such as Advanced Driver …read more »

The ARA donates $4,900 to High School Automotive Program

Thank you to all the members who stepped up and helped the ARA raise $4,900 for Pitt Meadows Secondary School. The donation will be used to purchase cutting-edge tools and equipment for the automotive program. “It’s all about the community …read more »

The ARA Celebrates Women and Diversity in the Automotive Industry

Women make up 51 percent of the population but only 6.4 percent of trade workers. In a time when recruitment is one of the main challenges being faced by the automotive industry, it’s time to start investing in women. To …read more »

Member Discount for the ATG Technical training in March 2019

The Automotive Retailers Association is pleased to announce a discounted rate for members looking to attend ATG technical training this March. This is the first joint effort and if successful we hope to look for more opportunities to partner and …read more »

Exclusive discount for ARA Members on new RPM Training

Automotive Retailers Association in partnership with the Results Performance Mastery offers an exclusive discount for our members. Experience the latest in modern shop management training that is a result of 32 years of experience distilled into 3 Days. After 14 …read more »

January Update Regarding Submission to the Competition Bureau

Dear ARA Members, In December of last year, I communicated with you informing of our progress in addressing the issue of the Competition Bureau opinion that ICBC claims prevents them from discussion compensation related matters with the ARA. As you probably …read more »

Update Regarding Submission to the Competition Bureau

Dear ARA Member, You will recall that in 2010, ICBC ceased negotiations with the ARA for the rates it pays its suppliers. ICBC cited recent changes to the Competition Act, which [they claim] prohibit them from engaging in dialogue in …read more »