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?

 

The WMDA/CAR Annual Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide is Going Green!

As of this year, the WMDA/CAR Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide will be released to all members in good standing via PDF format and will be archived in the members only section of the website.

This change will allow WMDA/CAR to provide the Annual Directory & Buyers’ Guide in a timely manner and it will be updated on a quarterly basis.

For more information, 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.

Next Class: GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) Technology, Diagnosis and Field Issues:

This class looks at the 2 main operating characteristics of modern GDI engines, we discuss theory of operation, VVT strategies, misfire and depositing issues plaguing these cars, and some diagnostic strategy specific to these engines.

This class will be held at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113 on Monday, May 18th at 3:00pm til 7:00pm. It will be held again at Hillmuth Automotive, 6810 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia MD 21045 on Wednesday, May 20th from 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. 

 

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

 

Secure Your Booth for the 2015 Mega Trade Show Now!

Now that spring has finally “sprung”, It’s time to secure your booth to exhibit in the Mega Trade Show.

We at the Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association/CAR (WMDA) are pleased to announce that the convention and trade show dates, have changed to September 10th – 12th.

The Annual Convention & The Mega Show has been in existence for the past 40+ years and appeals to service stations, convenience stores, repair shops, car washes, tire dealers, jobbers, co-branded stations, and auto parts stores. Owners, managers, decision-makers and technicians will all be in Ocean City to attend informative seminars, witness live demonstrations, network and learn about the latest products, technologies and services for the automotive industry.

The attendance for The Mega Show exceeds well over 900 owners, managers, and decision-makers. As a result, The Mega Show is an excellent place for the exchange of information and ideas between companies and customers.

To reserve your booth online now, Click Here.

Please find an exhibitor prospectus, hotel details and tentative schedule on the Events page by clicking here.

 

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.