Benefits of AARO Membership Details

AARO really does pull together associations, resources, government, suppliers and our members to reach
the Power of our group!

Each link below describes an AARO member benefit. Select the links to learn more about
the many benefits available to AARO members.

Representation Before Government

AARO, through their affiliation with National Automotive Trades Association (NATA) worked with industry to have a voluntary agreement between Canadian auto manufacturers to ensure we have access to service and repair information, tools and training for all repair facilities through the Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS).

The Canadian Automotive Service Information Standard (CASIS) provides a framework for Canadian automobile manufacturers to share their service and repair information with the automotive aftermarket industry on a level equivalent to that of their authorized dealers.

The CASIS provides access to OEM information and tools to any service provider on a national basis and regardless of association affiliation. Full implementation by all Canadian auto manufacturers was completed on or before May 1, 2010.

This area of our website is being transformed in conjunction with the CASIS administration duties of NATA. Additional features will be added as they become available. You will find all CASIS-related background information at

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Rewards – Earn Points/Redeem Points

Every quarter AARO Dollar Points Statements are mailed out to our members across Ontario. Hundreds of you will be pleased to find you have accumulated a significant number of membership reward points to spend. Appearing on the statement will be a listing of the participating suppliers with whom you have done business, and alongside their names the points they awarded to you in appreciation of your patronage. You can redeem your points (just like real dollars) with the association as payment for many, in fact, most of the products and services we offer. One AARO Dollar Point = One Dollar to spend. It’s that simple.

Our computer system keeps track of everything points earned, and from what source; and points redeemed, and for what purpose… everything is listed and a new point balance is calculated.

Members spend their points on quite a variety of things, but most use them to offset their membership fee. Many also redeem them to cover their tuition for our AARO training classes.

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Informational Web Updates, Newsletter and Bulletins

Members receive the Association newsletter each quarter to keep them up-to-date on Association and industry news.

Of course, the quickest source of information is available to you on the AARO home page Check back
regularly for the latest articles, news, and coming in 2011, video and pod-casts.

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Repair Lien Registration Program

For AARO Members, registering a Vehicle Repair Lien is now a “hassle-free” experience:

No government forms to buy, No complicated papers to type, and No trips to a government
liens registration office. We complete the Ministry documents and register the lien for you and we do it all “at cost”. For our valued members, the service is fast, efficient and very inexpensive.

AARO offers its members quick Vehicle History Searches too. Protecting your hard-earned profits has never been easier. A fax from you to us does it all.

To get the complete details on this service, and a sample “filled out” Repair Lien
contact the AARO office: 1-800-268-5400 (toll free) 905-634-4040 local

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We have added a dedicated classified section that offers both members and non-member classified listings.

We’ve been doing research with our Web development group and have been able to determine that AARO’s site received approximately 9000 unique view a month. This is very encouraging as it enables you and affiliated industries to advertise in the classifieds as well as other areas of the site to get terrific exposure to people that are targeting the types of products and services AARO and our members offer!

To learn more about the classifieds, visit the Marketplace to review the current classified postings.

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Technical Training Courses

AARO is the leading provider of quality technical update training in the Independent sector of Ontario’s automotive repair industry. We offer cutting-edge instruction delivered by the best Independent trainers available.

Check out our different training opportunities

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WHMIS, Workplace Violence & Harassment Prevention (Bill 168), and Workplace Accessibility (AODA)

Get control over labour compliance headaches

AARO has teamed up with Lowe’s Online Training to solve your WHMIS and Bill 168 training and compliance needs.  The online health and safety solutions provide you with the best value to comply with OHSA and other labour regulations.

    • Computer based Generic WHMIS training that satisfies provincial and federal legislative requirements.

    • Participants can work through the four modules of the program in one session or several sessions.

    • Testing occurs at the end of each module.

    • As accessible as your keyboard, 24 hours a day, at home or at work.

    • Macintosh, Windows and Unix compatibility.

    • The system marks the tests and prints out certificates for each successful participant and the employer.

    • Due diligence requirements including a list of employees who have attempted the course.

    • A list of successful/unsuccessful results and dates for each employee are produced by the system.

    • Quick review summary sheet can be printed for future reference on the job.

    • Perfect for yearly review.

    • Seasonal or new employees can complete training before they start work.

    • No delays to wait for a session to be set up.

    • No additional costs for brochures, training materials, facility rental or trainers.

To get the complete details call the AARO office: 1-800-268-5400 (toll free) 905-634-4040 local

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Lift and Wheel Service Equipment

AARO Associate member ADG Forward Canada Inc. is a leading supplier of Automotive Lifting, Collision and Wheel Service Equipment. AARO Members will enjoy the exclusive ‘Investment Pricing’ for this ADG Forward. These great savings are available on Automotive Lifts, Residential Lifts, and Lift Parts for almost all makes and models.

ADG Forward has been in the Automotive Equipment Industry since 1970, manufacturing, distributing and servicing automotive lifts throughout Canada and in the United States. ADG Forward’s Service Division provides Ministry of Labour Safety Inspections and carries an extensive inventory of parts, including the parts required for most of their competitors in-ground and above ground lifts.

For further information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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Tire Discounter Group

Your Association has partnered with Tire Discounter Group to offer members:

  • 5 Distribution Centres to serve you, all with their own Call Centres/Order Desk
  • Barrie/Ottawa/Orangeville/GTA/Hamilton
  • 24/7 Web ordering from PC’s & Mobile Devices
  • Multiple Deliveries daily from our DC’s. (Depending on Proximity)
  • Freight free delivery anywhere in Ontario
  • Brand Name/Private Label tires in stock.
  • Manufacturer Points Programs/ Incentives Programs
  • Local Alloy / Steel Wheel Supply and Inventory
  • Printed & Web based Fitment guides. (Search by Vehicle)
  • Fitment Specialists on call.
  • Replacement Nuts, Bolts, Rings & Kits in stock. All A-Line Hardware.
  • Bolt & Go Programs. (Receive your winters already mounted on replacement wheels)
  • Numerous POS Display options for Showroom or Storefront.

Tire Discounter Group Inc offers a wide selection of Brand Name, and Private Label tires in the Ontario Region. They are proudly Canadian Owned & Operated since 1966. With the purchase acquisition of YKW Alloy wheels in late 2013, they are now able to Offer a complete line of Steel and Alloy wheels for both winter and summer use.

To purchase tires from Tire Discounter complete the attached credit application, fax or email them into Tire Discounter Group with AARO Member on the application.

For further information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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Group Mortgage & Financing Programs

Great Rates are what most people want when getting a mortgage on their Home or Cottage. And great rates are exactly what Association Members, their employees and respective family members get when they call David Benson’s team at Mortgage Intelligence.

Do you need financing for your business? Whether you are a small garage or just starting out, or an established company looking to grow, David Benson can help secure the funds you need with a Group Business Commercial Financing Program.

To arrange for more information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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Credit Card Program

Preferred VISA and MasterCard rates with Elavon, negotiated on behalf of AARO.

– No Contract
– Lower rates for Processing of credit cards
– Easy Sign Up
– On-site visit with Elavon Representative
– 24/7 support
– Equipment installation & tutorial on-site

To have a Personal visit contact the AARO office at 1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)or email at today!

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Industry’s Leading GROUP HEALTH & LIFE Insurance Plan

Comprehensive coverage and competitive, stable rates are the hallmarks of the Association’s superlative Employee Benefits Program. Eligible participants are Members of AARO and their full-time employees – those working 24 hours or more per week, and their respective spouses and dependents.

Coverage includes a Prescription Drug Plan, Extended Health Care, Travel Assistance Benefit, Vision Services, Dental Insurance, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance.

For additional information or to arrange for a quotation, contact the Operations Manager Luanne Fedosoff:

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AARO Garage Insurance Program

All garage owners know that somewhere, sometime, something will go wrong. It’s inevitable. That’s why so many successful Independents have turned to AARO and PBL Insurance Limited to reduce the risk.

This program is custom-designed for Professional Independents. If you are an AARO member in-good-standing and wish to find out if you qualify contact AARO: 1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-404 (local)

For additional information or to arrange for a quotation, contact the AARO office:

GO to PBL Insurance Website

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Personal Home and Auto Insurance Program

Protection and peace of mind for your unique insurance needs

As a member of Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario (AARO), you can benefit from insurance coverage and services customized to meet your insurance needs including:

  • Preferred rates for your home and vehicle insurance
  • Free, unlimited telephone assistance for legal, health, home repair and more through the Halo Assistance Program
  • Access to a network of preferred, high-quality auto repair, contractor and property restoration vendors
  • 24/7 professional claims service backed by a Claims Service Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Coverage available for your boat, cottage, holiday trailer and more

Call us today at 1-877-787-7021 for your home or auto quote and we’ll help you get the coverage you need with the personalized service and support you deserve.

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Preferred Rates on Personal Accident Insurance

Comparison shop similar offerings from the major banks and you will find that the premium rates for the AARO Personal Accident Insurance Plan are low, low… as much as 40% to 60% lower! Association Members in good standing and their full-time employees are eligible to participate.

The plan features Accidental Death benefits on the policyholder, her/his spouse and dependent children. Additional covers include Dismemberment, Waiver of Premium, Rehabilitation, Repatriation, Occupational Training, Special Education, Day Care, Family Transportation, Home Alteration and Vehicle Modification, Seat Belt, Limited Air Travel and Exposure, and Disappearance Benefits.

Contact Luanne Fedosoff for enrolment forms:

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Out-of-Province Insurance Plan

If you are going outside Ontario on vacation you will need adequate hospital and medical emergency coverage. OHIP limits your hospital benefits to only $400 per day … the average cost for a ward room in Canada is $1,000 per day, and up to 10 times this amount abroad. Accident or illness striking a family while on vacation can lead to financial ruin resulting from medical bills amounting to many thousands of dollars.

Members of AARO and their full-time employees can purchase comprehensive protection at super competitive rates for you and your family for an entire year and an unlimited number of trips of up to 45 days duration each.

Contact Luanne Fedosoff to enrolment:

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Savings from NEBS Business Products

NEBS provide personalized business solutions to help you start, manage and grow your business. Quote your membership code to receive an additional discount on printed products.

Printed Products get your name out there by placing your logo on cheques, forms, stationery, marketing material, labels and much more…

Business Registration Services including incorporation, sole proprietorship and partnership registrations, business name reports, trademarks and corporate updates and more.

Payroll innovation with NEBS a Web-hosted payroll solution will give you absolute confidence that your payroll is completed on time and on budget. Now with special offers for AARO members. Visit to see how your payroll can save you time and money.

To get qualified to receive your NEBS Member Discount and AARO Dollar Point Rewards, contact the AARO office to acquire your special Order Code Number:

For further information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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AutoNet TV

AutoNetTV is the pioneer of automotive television programming for customers in the waiting areas of automotive centers. Viewers in thousands of locations throughout North America receive this custom programming to educate customer on their factory schedules and preventive maintenance needs, and to improve their waiting experience.

In addition to its Lobby TV programming, AutoNetTV’s Digital Menu Board is a high-tech, customizable advancement over traditional menu boards, illustrating a service center’s offerings with engaging 3D animations and stunning full-motions graphics and videos.

AutoNetTV Web Tools brings powerful, search-optimized consumer education video content to the websites of automotive centers, attracting potential customers and enhancing your website.

For further information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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This means that you can benefit from Free Job Postings on the only specialized job posting website dedicated exclusively to the automotive industry.

Take Advantage of this exclusive! Southern Ontario Only. Limited offer! A $284.99 per ad value!

For further information contact the AARO office
1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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Pre-Paid Legal Membership Plan

AARO has teamed up with the PPL Legal Care of Canada Corporation. Our Pre-Paid Legal membership plan helps members to pay for the legal services they need most. No matter what type of legal situation association members may face, they can depend on PPL Legal Care to save them money and worry. Click on the following links for more information:
Pre-Paid Legal Membership Plan Information

ID Shield – Identity Protection

To sign-up for the program contact the AARO office toll free (800) 268-5400, or e-mail:

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All things Web

Hyos Inc has been supplying I.T. Services to AARO since 2009. We perform all internal networking, security, hosting, and troubleshooting.

Hyos has teamed up with AARO to offer some amazing deals on website design, hosting, and monetizing consulting.

They helped design and program the new AARO site (as of Nov 2010) and are helping AARO provide better services and moving towards greater member self management and web opportunities.

Hyos has reduced their standard web development rate for custom, professional web development. They also provide fully managed hosting. Typically this type of service costs thousands per month, but for AARO members the dedicated hosting costs a lot less and it’s adapted according to your business needs – the price is dependant on the sites dynamism. They also offer discounts to those AARO members that use our professional web development services for their new site.

Get a no obligation quote, call Hyos Inc – 1 866-588-9801 or 905 592-9602 (Halton Region) or email
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Protractor Software Inc.

Protractor’s Auto Repair Shop Management Software products and computer services were designed specifically for companies who maintain vehicles or fleets of vehicles on scheduled maintenance plans.

We are committed to providing the Internet-enabled management tools your auto repair shop or tire store needs to realize the Business-to-Business (B2B) power of today’s Internet.

If you own or manage a service business such as an auto repair shop or tire store, you’ll find Protractor Software and Services a perfect fit for your company.

Please contact the AARO office at 1-800-268-5400 for more information.

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Directory4Cars Online Advertising wants to share its secrets with AARO Members on how they can establish a GREATER online presence!! The most successful companies on the web all have multiple websites under different domain names that generate exposure and direct targeted consumers to their business.

That is why it is SO important for your business in the 21st century to secure more real estate on the internet.

We start by building more than 1 optimized position online and then add 15 different features to your Online Real Estate Program.

This will enable your business to capture MORE real estate online!!

To find out more or to sign-up for the program, contact the AARO office at 1-800-268-5400 (toll free) or 905-634-4040 (local)

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Security and Communication System for Your Home and Business

Since 1992 Cairn Control Systems (CCS) has been providing high quality security and communication systems to thousands of homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto area. The CCS team is dedicated to understanding your needs and delivering the best systems and services.

“We believe that our customers are our most important asset and we go the distance to prove it,” stated owners Robert and Carol Cairns. “And like our fellow AARO members we too are Proudly Independent.”

The Cairns are pleased to offer association members Special Pricing and AARO Dollar Point Rewards.

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