Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Email: sarahbruce@ara.bc.ca
Phone: 604-432-7987

Media Centre

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

Proud to Be a Recycler

How many occupations can proclaim they save people’s money and the planet? Twenty years ago, an auto recycler’s business greatly relied on customers coming to the wrecking yard on the weekends. “Saturday would be the day when dads came down …read more »

ICBC’s New Ranking System: an Opportunity for Industry

                  For years, the ARA has encouraged its members to prepare and position themselves as leaders in the industry. The ARA’s Certified AutoGlass Service and Certified Collision Repair Programs, developed in 2015, …read more »

Crash Space Appraisals to Help Administer CCR Program

David Ribeiro, director of Industry Relations for the Automotive Retailers Association, and Rick Setter, president of Crash Space Appraisals Ltd., are excited to announce that effective February 1, 2020, Crash Space Appraisals Ltd. will take on the role of administrating …read more »

Recycled parts key to electric vehicle success

Update Regarding the Auto Glass Division

Auto glass members can direct questions and comments to David Ribeiro, collision and mechanical advisor, who has extensive experience working with ICBC, or President and CEO Adrian Scovell, who has many years of experience with Belron and was chairman of …read more »

Moneris offers lower transaction rates for ARA members

Moneris Solutions Corporation (Moneris) has amended the agreement with the Automotive Retailers Association (ARA) to offer the ARA’s members lower transaction rates as part of Interchange Plus Pricing and reductions to select fees. Effective February 3, 2020, Moneris will apply …read more »

Top Ten ARA Highlights of 2019

2019 was a year of change and growth for the Automotive Retailers Association and 2020 is already looking like another exciting year. Let’s take a look at the top ten highlights from 2019: 1. After eight years, over $250,000 dollars …read more »

Industry Working Committee Identifies Challenges of Micromobility Vehicles

Technology is constantly evolving, sometimes faster than regulations. One of these evolutions is the introduction of the “micromobility” products into the two-wheeled marketplace. This includes electric scooters, skateboards, and e-bicycles, which are now capable of exceeding speeds of 32km/h. As …read more »

At-Fault Crashes in Fleet Won’t Impact Driver’s ICBC Premiums

ICBC is making a change to the new rating model so that at-fault crashes that occur in a fleet vehicle will not impact the driver’s ICBC premiums. Changes were made in August to ICBC’s new model to help fleet customers …read more »

Ensuring Sustainability with Performance Group

On November 28, the ARA hosted an introduction meeting for participants wishing to take place in an upcoming performance group. The performance group, managed by AutoHouse Technologies, Color Compass, and BASF, will help shops better measure, monitor, enable, and influence …read more »

Labour Market Survey Results

In late July, Collision Division Advisor David Ribeiro sent out a survey to industry asking body shops to participate in a 23 question “Labour Market” survey. The results capture the current environment in British Columbia related to: labour market salaries …read more »

ICBC Builds Deeper Understanding and Appreciation for Towing Industry

It sounds easy—just hitch up and go—but there’s a lot more to the towing industry than meets the eye.  Over the years, vehicles have become a lot more complex and towing practices have had to evolve as well. Recently, Kathy …read more »

National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

by Nicole Edgington, RoadSafetyBC In British Columbia, the third Wednesday each November is a day to remember those who have been killed or injured in often preventable road crashes, and the loved ones left to cope with sudden and unexpected loss …read more »

First-Ever B.C. Apprenticeship Recognition Month

The government of British Columbia has proclaimed November 2019 as the first-ever Apprenticeship Recognition Month, highlighting the value of apprentices and those who support their success. It is also a great occasion to acknowledge the contribution of skilled tradespeople to …read more »

A Letter to the Auto Glass Division

Dear Members of the Auto Glass Division, It is with mixed feelings that I announce that I have left the ARA to pursue a new opportunity. It has been an honour and a privilege to be your association representative and …read more »