SPENCER, Iowa — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently visited Arnold Motor Supply, where he toured the parts distribution facility and discussed issues facing the automotive aftermarket industry as well as other business concerns with executives from Arnold Motor Supply, Graham Tire Co. and Kabrick Auto L.L.C.
Eric Johnson of Arnold Motor Supply called it a great opportunity to get a variety of auto service business leaders to discuss the industry with Sen. Grassley.
"The biggest topic of the meeting was the Your Car, Your Data initiative, which is vitally important to the automotive aftermarket industry as we look five to 10 years down the road," Mr. Johnson said. "It is also going to be a bigger issue in the lives of vehicle owners as technology advances."
The Auto Care Association (ACA) and Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) announced last year that they had agreed to work together to help educate industry members and consumers about the fight for access to vehicle data.
The trade groups formed a strategic partnership to carry out their mission, which debuted Sept. 18 under the campaign "Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice."
The initiative was created to engage car owners, policymakers and other stakeholders on car data — what is it, why it matters and its implications for consumer choice when it comes to getting their vehicle serviced.
"It is so important for us to engage in productive dialogue with our legislators on issues like vehicle data ownership," Mr. Johnson said. "They legitimately want to hear from us and need to know how policies affect our businesses and they bring a perspective to the discussions that is helpful for us to hear as well."
For more information on Your Car. Your Data. Your Choice., visit https://yourcaryourdata.org.