NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — The Automotive Service Association (ASA) is starting the new year with organizational and executive changes that have sparked several defections of its former state affiliates.
The association, which represents the independent automotive repair and collision industries, dissolved its state affiliate structure a few months ago and replaced it with regions. However, several of those state affiliates have since left the ASA to join the Auto Care Alliance, an umbrella organization created by the Mid West Auto Care Alliance (MWACA) to accommodate the new member groups.
MWACA itself was the former ASA-Midwest affiliate which left ASA in 2018 to become an independent regional association.
Since the reorganization was announced last fall, seven state affiliates have voted to join the Auto Service Alliance, effective Jan. 1, including the ASA of Florida (now the Florida Auto Care Alliance), ASA Northwest (now Northwest Auto Care Alliance), ASA Illinois (now MWACA Greater Chicagoland), ASA Pennsylvania (now Mid-Atlantic Auto Care Alliance), and ASA Texas (now Texas Auto Care Alliance).
Both ASA and Auto Care Alliance said members of the former state affiliates may choose to belong to both organizations.