ASA’s Official Position Statements

Below are ASA’s official position statements specifically regarding government affairs. To access all of ASA’s official position statements, click here. You will be taken to the ASA Web site.


The Automotive Service Association supports vehicle emission testing as a means of improving air quality, promoting vehicle maintenance, and improving the safety of motor vehicles traveling on the nation’s roadways. (7/8/87), (9/20/02)

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports efforts to contain and reduce chloroflurocarbons (CFC) emissions in accordance with the Montreal Protocol. ASA will make every effort to train and inform professional service personnel in the proper handling of CFCs to prevent unnecessary venting into the atmosphere. ASA will promote the salvaging and recycling of CFC-12. ASA will encourage its member businesses to promote complete repairs where needed to reduce emissions from leaking vehicles. (9/9/89)

Legislation having the potential or actual setting of establishing a monopoly for any manufacturer or distributor of any automotive parts will be opposed. (E.C. 4/4/91)

CFC Certification of Technicians is recommended by ASA to be done by ASE under quality control testing. ASA national will continue to meet with EPA as that agency develops certification requirements for emission repair technicians. (E.C. 4/4/91)

The Automotive Service Association supports shop licensing and technical certification regulations that include but is not limited to proper training; compliance with Federal, state, and local regulations; certifications of technicians; minimum level of insurance; and minimum level of equipment standards for automotive shops. (3/26/94), (10/18/01)

The Automotive Service Association encourages initiation and participation in local and state school-to-work programs. (9/15/00)

ASA supports state disclosure laws that require insurers and auto collision facilities to obtain the express written consent of vehicle owners before installing alternative replacement crash parts. ASA supports disclosure statements that alert consumers that the use of alternative crash parts other than those manufactured by the Original Equipment Manufacturer may have an effect on their warranties or market value. (3/15/97), (9/15/00)

The Automotive Service Association supports the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new [July 18, 1997] Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter. (9/5/97), (9/15/00)

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) supports the consumer’s right to choose their repair facility. ASA believes it is each member’s inherent right to determine whether or not they wish to participate in Direct Repair Programs (DRP). Direct Repair Programs are an integral part of the collision repair industry. These programs should be open to all shops that adhere to proven professional standards in quality of work, equipment, and training of personnel. (9/5/97), (9/15/00), (8/11/05)

ASA discourages the use of salvage air bags. Safety cannot be compromised in this important safety system. While the use of salvage air bags can reduce cost, ASA believes that safety could be severely compromised and that shop owners could be placed at risk for installing salvage air bags. ASA recommends that all shops inquire with their insurance carriers before installing salvage air bags regarding coverage and increases in rates and get this information in writing. (3/12/98), (9/15/00)

The Automotive Service Association advises its members and member shops not to install switches or disconnect airbags. ASA is concerned that shops that install switches or deactivate air bags may be subject to higher insurance premiums and may be held liable in the future for injuries that could have been prevented if the air bag was in operation. (1/11/01)

ASA does not support the Certified Automotive Parts Association CAPA and relinquishes its seat on CAPA’s board of directors. (3/12/98), (9/15/00)

ASA is agreeable to soften its position on the percentage figure tied to the definition of “salvage” in regard to HR2900, and Bob Redding is authorized to negotiate on this issue but must return to the Collision Division Operations Committee for any determination. (3/15/97)

ASA opposes insurance companies having an ownership interest in automotive repair facilities and views such interest as being in direct conflict with the consumers’ right to choose. ASA has historically supported the consumers┬╣ absolute, unequivocal right to choose a repair facility for a collision or mechanical repair. (2/28/02), (6/27/02), (10/31/02)

The Automotive Service Association supports the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). The goals of NASTF are to provide independent automotive service professionals with access to service information, technician training and diagnostic scan tool and equipment capabilities. (5/29/02)