Business View Magazine | Volume 9, Issue 3

73 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 9, ISSUE 3 and their teams from across the United States and beyond with over 32 classes presented by world-class instructors, as well as a pre-party, trade show, and casino night. Our members count on us to provide training in areas that are important, enabling them to stay relevant and competitive in an industry where new technology is vital to the success of the business. Our 2019 and 2021 events were sold-out, allowing us to take things to yet another level as we plan to make the 2022 ASTE the best one yet. In addition to training, ASTA is uniquely positioned to help with issues a lot of automotive service industry owners face. With the support of ASTA, independent automotive service business owners have a stronger legislative voice by joining together. A current concern is the consumer’s “Right to Repair Act”. The average new car manufactured in 2020 contains over 100 million lines of software code and by 2030 that number is projected to reach 300 million. As cars become more complicated, access to the computer systems of newer automobiles is required for even some of the most basic repairs. As a consumer, the choice of where to get your car serviced should be yours alone. When manufacturers attempt to exclusively share their data with their dealerships, it eliminates competition allowing car dealerships a monopoly on vehicle service. Not only does this endanger the independently owned automotive service business, it can allow the car dealerships to drive up repair costs to consumers. With a long record of legislative support for the after- market industry, it is our job to stay on top of issues like these and make sure our members are informed of any changes that may affect their business now and in the future. With the average age of automotive technicians rising, our members need more than training for their current staff. They need help finding new employees as well. There is a clear shortage of AUTOMOT I VE SERV I CE AND T I RE ALL I ANCE