Associations and Groups
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
The AAIA is a non-profit trade association with 2,700 member companies from the motor vehicle aftermarket industry. AAIA is a new association that resulted from consolidation of the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA) and the Automotive Service Industry Association (ASIA).
Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
The AIAG was founded in 1982 by a group of managers from DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. The group provides an open forum where members cooperate to develop and promote the automotive industry.
Automotive Oil Changers Association (AOCA)
The AOCA is a non-profit trade organization representing the convenient automotive service industry. AOCA is dedicated to enhancing the competency of fast lube owners, educating the public about services that its members offer, and maintaining a favorable business environment for the industry as a whole.
Car Wash Operators of New Jersey
A statewide professional organization that serves professional carwash operators in New Jersey and promotes environmentally-friendly professional carwashes as an alternative to home driveway washing. The hold an annual convention in Atlantic City, NJ called the Northeast Regional Carwash Convention.
Carwash Association of Pennsylvania
This organization represents carwash owners and operators in the state of Pennsylvania.
Connecticut Carwash Association (CCA)
The CCA is a member-driven association. It exists solely to serve members' needs, protect members' best interests, and to be responsive to members' requests.
Heartland Car Wash Association
The Heartland Carwash Association strengthens the professionalism of the carwash industry in an eight-state region. It disseminates information, provides opportunities for idea exchange and networking, initiates lobbying efforts, and ensures access to the latest equipment and supplies.
International Automotive Technicians' Network
The International Automotive Technicians' Network is a group of over 48,000 automotive technicians from 135 countries. Group members exchange technical knowledge and information with other professionals from around the globe, sharing a cumulative 1,018,615 years of experience.
International Carwash Association (ICA)
ICA's primary mission is to serve the needs of car wash and detailing industry professionals, and to represent their interests. ICA has created a number of programs that help its members run successful car wash and detail shops. Most of these services are available to ICA members exclusively, and all are available at discounted member prices.
Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association
The Mid-Atlantic Carwash Association serves and promotes the interests of its members in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. It provides industry education, monitors legislative activity, facilitates business between vendors and operators, and improves the industry's image by increasing consumer knowledge.
National Association for Professional Detailing and Reconditioning
This association was founded in May of 2004.
New England Carwash Association (NECA)
NECA represents and provides services to members in MA, NH, ME, RI and VT. It advances and safeguards the business interests of the vehicle washing industry, and supports the International Carwash Association's initiatives to promote the industry at local and national levels.
New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA)
NYSCWA, Inc. is a not-for-profit trade association serving the needs of professional vehicle wash operators throughout New York state. It also has members in some neighboring states.
Northeast Regional Carwash Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA)
The SAA is a not-for-profit professional association founded in 1987. The society is comprised of more than 600 automotive industry analysts, and its main focus is to provide education and networking opportunities for its members.
Southeastern Carwash Association
Founded in 1957, the Southeastern Carwash Association now represents hundreds of members in a multi-state region including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Southwest Carwash Association (SCWA)
The SCWA is a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement of the car wash industry. It promotes high ethical standards, develops successful and practical business practices, and improves professional car wash operations.
Western Carwash Association (WCA)
A trade association of professional car wash operators in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona that serves as a rallying point for collective action and ensures the welfare of the industry.
Government Related Sites
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
The BTS is responsible for transportation data collection, analysis, and reporting. It also ensures cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources. The BTS strives to increase public awareness of the nation's transportation system, and to improve the knowledge base of decisionmakers.
Consumer Information Center - Cars
This division of the Federal Citizen Information Center sells a number of consumer-oriented publications on car purchasing/leasing, fuel economy, insurance costs, maintenance and more.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
DOT's mission is to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that serves national interests and enhances the quality of life for Americans.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA protects human health and safeguards the natural environment. Its website includes links to information on educational resources, business opportunities, programs and more.
EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality
This EPA division protects public health and the environment by controlling air pollution from motor vehicles, fuels, and nonroad equipment, and by encouraging travel choices that minimize emissions.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
The FTA is a division of the United States Department of Transportation. The administration's site offers a national transit database, performance and strategic plans, safety and security information, and more.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS website provides tax assistance, information, forms and question-and-answer services for all types of filers.
National Center for Vehicle Emissions Control and Safety (NCVECS)
The NCVECS website focus is on mobile sources emissions. It offers information on light-duty vehicle emissions, automotive repair, automotive technician training, inspection programs, Federal and State legislative activities, and more.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses due to motor vehicle crashes. This is done by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments for highway safety programs.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA offers general information on how to start, finance or expand a business. The website contains links to business shareware, and links to other small-business related sites.
Safety Related Sites
ChemFinder Chemical Database
The ChemFinder WebServer is a chemical database that provides information such as physical property data and 2D chemical structures.
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its website addresses NIOSH activities nationwide, training, available publications, and a host of other resources.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA provides occupational safety and health programs, services and training, compliance assistance, publications, and statutes and statistics.