Media Centre

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

Auto Glass 2018 AGM – Bringing together the industry’s influencers

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an event that brought together all of your industry’s influencers? Well this year’s ARA Auto Glass AGM did that! We were happy to welcome guests from the Industry Training Authority (ITA), MNP Consulting and …read more »

NEWS RELEASE – Automotive towing and recovery industry re-news demand for additional emergency lighting in the face of operator death

Vancouver, B.C. (November 20, 2018) – The president of the 1,000-member Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) representing British Columbia’s repair, towing and recovery business is calling for the government to allow tow truck operators to equip trucks with blue and white …read more »

SEMA Show 2018

The 2018 SEMA just happened last week in Las Vegas, USA. The show provides a venue to promote and demonstrate the leading material and supplier industry technologies needed for industry to be successful. It showcases the latest performance parts and …read more »

Western Canada Growth Strategy engagement launches across the western provinces

We invite our members to participate and share their ideas with Government for the future growth of BC and western provinces. Read the message from Government below. “The Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training, Workforce Innovation and Skills Training …read more »

Future Automotive Apprentices Need Your Help

Recently the Automotive Department at Pitt Meadows Secondary was broken into and more than $10,000 worth of tools were taken, leaving the students without the tools they need to learn their trade. We are asking our members to come together …read more »

Best AGM in Recent History

The 2018 ARA AGM was the best AGM in recent history, both on attendance and accomplishments celebrated All eight ARA divisions were well represented as members congregated in Whistler B.C. for the 2018 Annual General Meeting and convention in September. …read more »

ICBC Agrees to Pause Best Price Policy

After a series of meetings with government representatives and ICBC senior management, last week ICBC and the glass industry took a step towards a better relationship. As part of the ARA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to improve the environment under which …read more »

ICBC Policy changes on Glass – We are stronger together!

In light of ICBC’s recent communication to industry regarding changes to pricing and other policy changes and the serious consequences these actions will have on your business. We are asking each business to e-mail their MLA. In the email, ask …read more »

The ARA stands with the Collision Repair Division

The ARA works tirelessly on behalf of its members and divisions to defend and represent their best interest. The collision division industry can no longer tolerate increase on costs of operation and the ARA has taken position to defend the …read more »

Blue Lights for Tow Trucks

ARA Position Paper 2018-01-02 Allow Tow Truck Operators in BC the Option to Equip Tow Trucks with Blue and White Flashing Lamps in Addition to Amber The Issue: Towing and recovery is a high risk industry sector characterized by a …read more »

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 »