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ASA Northwest releases details and FAQs on transitioning to NWACA

ASA Northwest has announced it will begin operating as Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA) and partnering with MWACA beginning Jan. 1

Lakewood, Wash.—The following is provided by ASA Northwest’s executive director, Jeff Lovell, to answer questions and provide additional clarity for association members as the organization moves forward.

Why is this happening?

This change has come about with ASA National announcing on Monday, September 27, that ASA National will be dissolving all of the state affiliate agreements and putting together a new regional structure for national.

What does this mean for ASA Northwest (NWACA) members?

As a NWACA member, you will enjoy the same great programs and benefits that the well-known ASA Northwest has offered for over 50 years, offering local/regional benefits that you have known for many years. This includes meetings, lunch & learns, exclusive training discounts, local/regional programs, staffing and so much more.

NWACA will be rolling out exclusive new programs and services for members. Watch for information on upcoming meetings to discuss the changes, answer questions, and announce more details about these exciting programs.

Will dues increase next year with NWACA? 

Dues have not been finalized for future renewals in 2022; however, we do not anticipate an increase.

I’ve heard ASA National is setting up local regions, will this include the northwest?

ASA National states they are setting up six large regions across the 50 states, with one point of contact for each region. The northwest region will consist of 7 states, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Unfortunately, to implement this plan they are removing our local voice.  All activities and events for the regions would be dictated by the ASA National organization.

What if I want to stay a member of ASA National?

The good news is that you can, but that would require you to join and pay dues to ASA National directly.  You will still be under their mandate which will require you to pay both their new national dues and receive only national benefits.  ASA National will be a separate entity than NWACA.

What if I still have questions? We want to prevent confusion and answer your questions so you can make the best decision for your business. Please call (253) 473-6970 or email Jeff Lovell, Bryan Kelley, Mark Simons and we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  

More FAQ’s

When does this change take effect? We will begin operating as Northwest Auto Care Alliance (NWACA) on Jan 1st 2022.

Will my membership dues increase? Your Board of Directors is finalizing the new dues structure. However, as a current member of ASA Northwest, you will be provided with an exclusive opportunity to renew your membership at the current rate when your membership comes up for renewal. We do not anticipate an increase in our dues structure.

Where do I send my dues? Billing for your membership dues will continue to come from the ASA Northwest (NWACA) office. Members are required to be members of both organizations through December 31st , 2021. Beginning January 1st 2022, you can choose to be a member of NWACA (Northwest Auto Care Alliance) and/or ASA National.  Beginning January 1st 2022 any billing for your ASA National dues will be sent to their headquarters.

What if my membership has expired?  Can I rejoin Northwest Auto Care Alliance right now? You can join Northwest Auto Care Alliance beginning January 1st 2022. Until that time, shop members are required to be a member of both the ASA National and ASA Northwest organizations.

Who voted on this change? This was a unanimous vote by your ASA Northwest Board of Directors after ASA National announced dissolving all of the state affiliate agreements and putting together a new regional structure for ASA National.

 How will my membership benefits be affected? You will still have the same great ASA Northwest benefits and services. After January 1st 2022, we will unveil additional money-saving benefits.

Can I still use the ASA logo and sign? You can still use your sign through January 1st 2022. After that date, you would need to be a member of the national ASA to continue use of the logo.

 Will there be a new logo for Northwest Auto Care Alliance? A new logo is in place and you will receive information on how to update your signage and website.

 Does this affect the ATE Training & Expo? No. The ATE Training & Expo is in its 13th year and has always been owned and managed by ASA Northwest. Plans are already underway for the 2022 event which will be held on April 1-3, 2022 at the DoubleTree Hilton SeaTac Hotel. As a member of Northwest Auto Care Alliance, you will still receive exclusive advanced opportunities to register for ATE, as well as receive exclusive discounts on management and technical training packages.

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