Sarah Bruce
Public Relations / Member Engagement
Phone: 604-432-7987

Media Centre

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

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 »

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 »