Webinar Wednesdays from ASA!

Each webinar will be held in the following time zones:
10-11 a.m., PT / 11 a.m.-Noon, MT / 12-1 p.m., CT / 1-2 p.m., ET

ASA’s Webinar Wednesdays is a year-long series of free, hour-long webinars for members and nonmembers that will air on the third Wednesday of each month.

Each 45-minute webinar in the series will take place at noon Central time with a 30-minute training session followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The live versions of the webinars will be free to all ASA members, registered collision shops and mechanical repair shops. The recorded versions of the webinars will only be available to ASA members.

Here are some scheduled topics:


Shop Management
Oct. 16: Countering the Dealership Overtime Exemption
Presenter: Brian Farrington, ASA’s Wage & Hour attorney
Auto dealerships don’t have to pay overtime to their techs – either mechanical or collision – because they have a blanket overtime exemption. ASA shops don’t qualify for this exemption, but in many cases they can offset the dealership advantage by adopting the commission exemption, which is contained in Section 7(i) of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
In this webinar, you will learn:
• The basic elements of the exemption
• Which practices can make them ineligible for the exemption
• How to recognize when applicable state law can prevent shops from using the exemption

Oct. 30: BONUS WEBINAR: Let’s Get Technical on the Condition of Coolants

Presenter: Robert Bassett, Gates Corporation
Learn the latest on the high rates of warranties for components in the coolant system. During this webinar, you will get coolant system insights and best practices as well as examine the root causes when these systems fail.
In this webinar, you will learn:
• To identify two separate – yet unrelated – challenges creating failures in today’s systems.
• Why up to 40 percent of radiators and 95 percent of water pumps may fail prematurely after replacement.
• Why partial coolant replacement will become a thing of the past if your customer demands system protection.

Shop Management
Nov. 20: The New Smartphone Consumer
Presenter: Jason Soto, MobileSoft Technology
With more than 257 million smartphone users in the United States as of 2018, there’s no doubt that this technology has changed our lives forever. As a business owner, how can you capitalize on this movement? How many apps per day does the average consumer use? Why would your business need a mobile app?
In this webinar you will learn:
• Key mobile app features shop owners can use to increase car count
• How your facility would benefit from a mobile app
• Success stories from other shop owners who launched their own app

Shop Management
Dec. 18: What’s Happening with Data Access Policy & What’s in Store for 2020?
Presenter: Robert L. Redding Jr., ASA Washington, D.C. Representative
This webinar will examine what happened during 2019 with data access public policy and offer an outlook for the 2020 state legislative sessions as well as the 2nd Session of the 116th Congress.
In this webinar, you will learn: 
• Automotive industry activity on data access
• A review of Congressional and state legislative activity on data access
• How does this impact shop owners


ASA offers free webinars to keep you updated on the following issues:

Importance of Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections – In this video, Tom Piippo, Mechanical Division Director of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and Tony Molla, ASA VP Industry Relations, discuss the value and benefits of Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections. Using images captured during digital vehicle inspections, Piippo and Molla explain the various types of safety issues which PMVI programs are designed to find.
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The Even Better I-CAR with Nick NotteHeld on Jan. 30, 2019, this webinar for collision repairers, Nick Notte, vice president of sales, addressed refinements to I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP), made at the request of the industry. The refined PDP will be implemented in Q2 of 2019. It will review the industry’s involvement in these refinements, discuss the reasons for the changes, detail the changes to the PDP to include subscription and pricing and outline the transition from current state to the new program. Notte addressed questions about the changes discussed and what it means for repair shops.
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Vehicle Safety Inspections and Safety Technologies –  Held on Sept. 27, 2016, this webinar addressed the current status of motor vehicle inspection programs in states across the nation and new safety technologies that are and will be impacting these programs. During the webinar, participants heard from leaders in automotive safety inspection programs; U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, (PA-153) on federal legislation affecting safety inspections; and an independent shop manager and vehicle inspection specialist.
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Access Online the Demonstration of a Texas Vehicle State Inspection

Telematics Policy for Shop Owners – Held on July 27, 2016, this webinar addressed the current state of telematics and new technology policy. During the webinar, participants heard from representatives of the aftermarket and the original equipment manufacturers.
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New DOL Overtime Rule – Held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, this webinar featured a variety of speakers addressing the impact of the new rule on mechanical and collision shops.
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