Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association
ATRA - the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association - is an international trade association for the professional automatic transmission repair industry. With members across the US and Canada, ATRA's network of automatic transmission repair professionals can offer you repair and warranty coverage anywhere you are likely to drive. Because, wherever you go - from coast to coast - there is always an ATRA member nearby. With nearly 2000 members, ATRA is larger than every automatic transmission repair chain combined - nearly three times the size of the largest chain in the US. Which means that no chain can provide better warranty coverage than ATRA's network of professional service centers. Every ATRA member must adhere to ATRA's Code of Ethics - ATRA's standards for providing honest, professional service. So, when you take your car to an ATRA member, you are assured of polite, professional service, at an honest price. And not just automatic transmission repair: most ATRA members also provide diagnostic and repair service for manual transmissions, clutches, differentials, driveshafts, drive axles, and transfer cases. Which all boils down to one inescapable conclusion: If your car starts but does not move, you need to call your nearby ATRA member - right away!
Automotive Service Association
The Automotive Service Association, aka ASA, storied history began on May 31, 1951 and is headquarted in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. The 12,000 ASA members perform mechanical, auto body, and transmission repairs and can be identified by its red, white, and blue ASA sign. The organization's purpose is to promote the best interests of the trade, increase its facilities for commercial transactions, and at the same time, offer better service to the public. Also, ASA strives to advance the professionalism and excellence in the automotive repair industry through education, representation and member services. The forefathers of ASA had a vision of uniting independant automotive repair and service facilities like our transmission repair shop into a nation wide trade association, and that goal continues to this day.
Bureau of Automotive Repair
The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) is part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. BAR has statutory oversight responsibilities for several statewide licensing programs, including the Smog Check and the Lamp and Brake Certification programs. BAR licenses and regulates more than 35,000 California automotive repair dealers, nearly 2,000 lamp and brake stations, more than 7,500 Smog Check stations, nearly 4,000 lamp and brake technicians, and more than 16,000 Smog Check technicians.
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was esablished in the early 1970's and the organization's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of auto repair and service professionals. The institue works in every segment of the automotive industry: car and truck dealerships, independant auto repair garages, fleets, service stations, franchises, and more. Each member is required to take one or more of ASE's 40+ exams that are grouped into specialties for automobile, medium/heavy truck, truck equipment, parts specialists, collision repair technicians, and collision damage estimators. Only upon passing at least one exam and providing proof of two years or relevant work experience can a auto repair shop become certified. Furthermore, ASE certified affiliates must be retested every five years.