Welcome to the WMDA/CAR Service Station and Automotive Repair Association

WMDA/CAR represents independent business professionals of service stations, repair facilities, convenience stores, and other automotive industry related businesses.  


What's Happening?

 

Tawes, Coulter Awards Recognize Environmental Heroes

Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Maryland Petroleum Council (MPC) are proud co-sponsors of the annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment.

For more information about submitting nominations, or the award, please click here

 

WMDA/CAR Launches ECAT Training Program!

Fellow members, the CAR committee has been working on a training program like no other in this industry. If everything goes the way we expect, we will have 9 training events in the next twelve months.  We will combine day and night classes to accommodate as many members as possible. We have contracted Gary Smith from GSS Enterprises to perform all the nine classes. Gary has a Cradle to Grave approach to Diagnosis and Repair. We will also address the changes in technologies in modern vehicles. Technology is changing by leaps and bounds and we need to change with them or loose. 

Gary Smith will come to our area for an entire week. He will teach two of the same classes with different times and areas to accommodate or membership. He will visit selected shops to follow up with questions on the class. This will give Techs a chance to ask about something they may have not understood during the class. He will also go hands-on with the techs if necessary. Gary will follow up with a webinar in two weeks to follow up further. No one in the industry is doing this to my knowledge. Our reasoning is, we cannot retain everything during class time. We ask Gary to follow up to maximize retention.

First Class: Diagnostic Strategy and Approach:

How we approach the vehicle is more important than anything. Learn how to formulate a controlled and successful strategy for no-start, intermittent and common DTC diagnostics including lean codes, P0420 and Misfires. This is a Must See class for any tech, is case-study based (from actual diagnostics in the field) and is an eye-opener.

The first class will be held at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113 on Monday, April 20th at 3:00pm til 7:00pm. It will again be held at Hillmuth Automotive, 6810 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia MD 21045 and again on Wednesday, April; 22nd, 6:00pm til 10:00pm. Food will be provided at both classes. 

The fee per class to members will be $129.90, and $159.90 to non-members. Members will be given first preference. 

To register for the Diagnostic Strategy and Approach seminar online, click here.

For the PDF registration form, click here .

** More information on future classes to be announced soon..

 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Dates Have Changed for the 42nd Annual Convention & Mega Show

Due to the conflict during last year's convention and trade show, WMDA/CAR has changed the dates to September 10th - September 12th, 2015. We are aiming for a better and much smoother event this year compared to last year. We will be updating the website regularly to keep everyone posted on all information available pertaining to our upcoming convention and trade show. Make sure you save the dates! We look forward to seeing everyone in Ocean City this Fall.

To view the 2015 Mega Show Exhibitor Prospectus, Click Here .

 


WMDA/CAR Training Day 2015

Our annual Training Day for Techs and Execs was held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Community College of Baltimore County. We had a great turnout this year - doubling our registration from last year! We want to thank everyone who was able to join us for the day and we hope everyone was able to benefit from the informative courses that were offered. 

Here are some pictures from Training Day:

 

 

      

  

2015 WMDA/CAR Training Day Educational Partners

We would like to give a special thank you to all of our Educational Partners for the 2015 Training Day that was held on February 28, 2015. 

Below is a list of all of the 2015 Educational Partners:

Aflac
AMS/ROWriter
ATI
Benjamin F. Brown Insurance Agency
Brandywine Automotive
Crovato BG Products
DANA Insurance & Risk Management
Ferguson Corp.
First Merchant Services
MTD Services
Net Driven
PPC Lubricants/Castrol

A shout out to Snap-On and Cintas for providing their tech truck and shoe truck, and to Parts Authority for bringing their instructor for the brake class. And a very big thank you to CCBC Catonsville for providing the building.

 

 

It's That Time of Year Again!

2015 WMDA/CAR dues billings are being generated via email thanks to our new website/database.  Most of you should have received a reminder letting you know that your WMDA/CAR membership is set to expire. There will still be a paper copy mailed to each member as well.

In addition to the automated dues billing, you will also receive one paper invoice via regular mail soon.

You can renew your 2015 WMDA membership by clicking here.

You can renew your 2015 CAR membership by clicking here.

If you have any questions about your dues bill, please contact Amy Gailey at 301-390-0900 ext 113.