Auto Care Association


The 500,000 businesses in the auto care industry form a coast-to-coast network of independent manufacturers, distributors, repair shops, marketers and retailers small and large. At its core, this integrated grid of professionals is dedicated to providing the quality parts, products and vehicle service and repair for all 254 million cars and trucks on the road today.

The Auto Care Association is the voice of the $300 billion plus auto care industry providing advocacy, educational, networking, technology, market intelligence and communications resources to serve the collective interests of our members.


The Auto Care Association was formed in 1999 as an umbrella association bringing together businesses across the auto care supply chain. Member associations and groups include:

ACPN: Automotive Content Professionals Network

ACPN, formerly NCMA, helps auto care catalog manager members sell more products, reduce costs and increase efficiency through accurate catalogs, efficient production processes and new technology.

AEA: Automotive Electric Association

AEA supports the automotive electric distributors in their efforts to supply and service the fleet, industrial and heavy duty distribution channels in the sales and service of starting, charging, lighting, instrumentation and related components.

AWDA: Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association

AWDA is the oldest organized group of warehouse distributors for the motor vehicle aftermarket, along with their respective suppliers of parts, accessories and other supplies. AWDA supports programs specific to aftermarket distribution.

CCPN: Car Care Professionals Network

CCPN provides a structure to foster and promote communications between car care professionals and manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other members of the Auto Care Association.

HDDA: Heavy Duty Distribution Association

HDDA serves as the primary source of information and communications to a growing membership that shares a common interest in the heavy duty market, and enables its members to make better business decisions through a series of reports and industry events.

Import Vehicle Community

The Import Vehicle Community, formerly the Auto International Association (AIA), is the segment of the Auto Care Association that is hyper-focused on serving the needs of all businesses engaged in import nameplate products and services.

Manufacturers Representatives Council

The Manufacturers’ Representatives Council supports and promotes the interests, image and value of the Auto Care Association’s manufacturers’ representative member firms, and provides opportunities to enhance their professional skills and implement best practices.

Paint, Body, & Equipment Specialists

PBES educates and disseminates information to PBES segment members and provides the opportunity for PBES businesspeople to network with their counterparts, suppliers and customers outside of the usual industry meetings.

Tool & Equipment

Tool and Equipment educates, informs, represents, serves and provides networking opportunities for manufacturers and distributors who specialize in providing the tools and equipment needed to perform repair and maintenance in the motor vehicle auto care market.

UTI Upholstery and Trim International

Upholstery and Trim International (UTI) educates, informs, serves and provides networking opportunities for companies that manufacture or distribute interior and exterior fabrics, associated hardware and products used in the repair or restoration of cars and trucks.

YANG Young Auto Care Network Group

YANG provides young auto care professionals in their twenties and thirties the opportunity to network with industry peers, enhance knowledge and improve leadership capabilities.


The Auto Care Association and it’s members host dozens of events annually highlighted by co-sponsorship of AAPEX.


Members of the Auto Care Association include manufacturers and distributors, parts stores and service and repair shops, importers, business services, manufacturers’ reps and more. Members represent all major product segments of the aftermarket industry including automotive, heavy duty, engine rebuilding, trim, paint and body, electrical, tools and equipment and other specialized sectors.


The Auto Care Association has nearly 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair.


The Auto Care Association does not publish a print magazine but member organizations do publish newsletters, research, and other news media to keep members apprised of industry news.

Contact Information

7101 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3415
Phone: 1 (301) 654-6664
Fax: 1 (301) 654-3299
Email: [email protected]


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