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Washington State Enacts SEMA Street Rod/Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law

Washington joined the
growing list of states to enact SEMA model legislation to amend the vehicle
titling and registration classification for street rods and create a
classification for custom vehicles.. The bill was approved by the Washington
State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire. 
Under the new law, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured
before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 30 years old and
manufactured after 1948.  Importantly, kit cars and replica vehicles will
be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as
the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 

President Signs 1099 Repeal Into Law

After Congress acted last week to repeal the costly 1099 reporting
requirement included in last year's health care law, President Obama
today signed the legislation into law.  SEMA congratulates Congress and
the President for acting to eliminate this burdensome requirement.
Through this bipartisan agreement, small business owners can continue
to focus on economic growth and revitalization.

SAN Challenge Offers Enthusiasts the Chance to Win a Trip for Two to the 2011 SEMA Show

Along with defending the
rights of hobbyists across the United States and Canada, the SAN is now making
dreams come true with a chance to attend the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Known
as the SAN Challenge, SAN members will have the opportunity to compete for the
grand prize, two entry passes to the Show, lodging and airfare to Las Vegas for
this otherwise industry-only event.

New Study Confirms Auto Accessories Influence More Than One Million New Vehicle Sales Every Year

The Specialty
Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the authoritative source for research,
data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts
industry, released the results of a new study entitled "Influence of
Accessories on New Vehicle Sales." Key findings are that accessories influence
more than 1 million new vehicle sales each year, help reinforce customer
satisfaction, and can substantially increase sales at the dealership
level.  In addition, the study shows that accessorization can influence
new car shoppers to choose vehicle platforms that are accessory-friendly, even
influencing those who do not actually accessorize their vehicle.

Upcoming Conference to Provide Auto Installers and Restylers With Valuable Product Knowledge and Hands-on Training

The Professional
Restylers Organization (PRO), a council of the Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA), will host the 2nd annual Technical Skills & Training
Conference (TSTC), a one-day training program where installers and restylers
will be able to learn about new products, sharpen installation skills and
directly engage with industry manufacturers.


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