Media Centre

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

An AGM of Firsts

This year’s AGM was one of the best ever with the highest attendance in recent years. Part of making this one the best was all the firsts. It was the first time the event was held at Spirit Ridge Resort …read more »

Adesa Auction Raises $17,200 for ARFI

The 2019 ARA AGM was one of the best ever and of the many highlights, the auction hosted by Adesa on Saturday night really stood out. Not only did the auction raise money for the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. (ARFI), …read more »

Engaging Men in the Equality Conversation

The automotive industry is facing one of its worst crises yet—labour shortages. In the next ten years, 71,000 skilled trade jobs are expected to open up in British Columbia and as of right now, there are not enough trained workers …read more »

ARA’s Show and Shine Reflects 90 Years of Automotive History

The first annual ARA Show and Shine was a feast for car enthusiasts’ eyes with over two dozen vehicles on display. Attendees admired a variety of entries—from classics to the latest in automobile progress. The event was held in conjunction …read more »

New Collision Repair Diagnostic Technician Program Offered this Fall

Repairs and diagnostics go way beyond just body panels and structural components these days. With the advent of computerized components in newer vehicles comes an entirely new set of systems that collision repair technicians have to know how to fix. …read more »

ARA Reaches Closure on ICBC Competition Bureau Issue

All things worth having are worth fighting for and the ARA has done a lot of fighting. After eight years, over $250,000 dollars in related costs, endless hours, and many lost opportunities, the ARA now has closure regarding the opinion …read more »

ARA Announces New President & CEO

Long-standing ARA stakeholder and director to lead the Automotive Retailers Association into the next decade The ARA announced today that its board of directors chose veteran ARA executive Adrian Scovell as the new president and chief executive officer of the …read more »

City of Vancouver Reminds of Auto Disposal Bans

Metro Vancouver issued a communication regarding the disposal ban on automotive bodies and parts in early September declaring, “Metro Vancouver bans the disposal of materials that are readily recyclable or operationally hazardous. The region has a successful 20-year history of …read more »

Why attend the ARA annual general meeting next weekend?

With a full and exciting itinerary planned and some extra special guests invited, the ARA aims to make this year’s annual general meeting the best one yet! So why attend? Well… The weather is forecasted to be sunny and warm! …read more »

RPM Training in Prince George

Experience the latest in modern shop management training—32 years of experience distilled into 3 days. After 14 years of training and coaching, Murray Voth knows what works and what doesn’t and how to get people past their roadblocks! Service, Management …read more »

ICBC Makes Changes to Get Insurance System Back on Track

With vehicle collisions, injury claims, and legal and repair costs at an all-time high, ICBC is making changes to get the insurance system back on track in the interest of British Columbian motorists and the automotive industry. As of September …read more »

The Garage Launches Grand Opening

With four generations of Tremblays dedicated to the automotive industry, this grand opening was by no means their first but it may have been their best. Many customers, both long-time and new, came out to show their support and show …read more »

ITA Expands Services for Trades Education System

Trades apprentices and the trades education system in B.C. will receive more support through expanded services and regional outreach, according to a press release from Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) today. …read more »

ICBC Auto Glass Redesign: Have Your Say

By now most of you have either seen or heard about the ICBC auto glass program redesign. The ARA would like to know your thoughts. How do you feel about what has been presented? Do you have any suggestions for …read more »

Women and Diversity Event a Success!

Traditionally there is a stereotype for mechanics working in the automotive industry, a stereotype the ARA is working to change. To make this change, the ARA advocates for training and certification within the automotive service industry and also diversity and …read more »