AUGUST 3, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Unclaimed Property Reporting Reminder

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

CADA Legislative Policy Committee Dealer Meetings

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

CADA and DealersEdge Team-Up For Webinar Training

Webinar: How to Prevent and Survice a Factory Warranty Audit

Webinar: What's Working in Dealership Advertising and What's Not

Webinar: Zen and the Art of Time & Multi-Task Management for Today's Super controller

FREE Webinar: ADA & FMLA- Potential Pitfalls That Can Expose Your Business

Are You Prepared to Service Hybrid Vehicles?


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events

CADA 2010 Annual Golf Tournament

Innovative Dealer Summit

CADA Regional Meetings

Denver Regional Meeting


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Dealers Visit With Mayor John Hickenlooper

Golfing for the Brave

4th Annual Hoedown for Heroes

Share Your Accomplishment

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


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Speaker and Educational
Resources
.

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.

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Allied Members
.

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.

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STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

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Division
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of Revenue.

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Registration section
of the
Colorado Dept. of Revenue,
Motor Vehicles Division.

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Department of Labor &
Employment
website.




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CADA ANNUAL MEMBER GOLF EVENT

Monday, August 9, 2010

LAKEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
Schedule of Events:

12:00pm (noon) Registration, Practice Range & Boxed Lunch

1:00pm Shotgun Start

Immediately Following Play: Cocktails/Dinner/Awards/Door Prizes

COST:
Dealer Members - No Charge
Allied Members - $295.00/ per golfer

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Attention: Allied members/Endorsed service providers/others, there is still time (until August 5) to provide items for the goodie bag, door prizes.  Send to CADA, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203.



 

 
AUTOMOTIVE NEWS AT A
GLANCE

Listed here are several articles pertaining to the
auto industry in general that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation.


…more news articles are included at the end of this issue.

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PLAN NOW TO PARTIPATE IN
CADA REGIONAL MEETINGS 2010

Please join us at any of the eleven meetings
scheduled across Colorado

Join your colleagues to learn about issues important to you, your dealership, and your operations.                 

Hear what is happening in Colorado’s legislative and regulatory arena and what CADA is doing to proactively address problems that affect dealer survivability and profitability.

Be informed, be involved and be connected! Register today AT NO COST using one of the following methods:

Please click on any of the boxes below to register for that meeting/location.
To register by phone, please call Lauren Stadler at 303.457.5123
Questions? Call or email Tim Jackson at 303.282.1448 or tim.jackson@coloradodealers.org
or visit www.coloradodealers.org/regionals

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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY REPORTING REMINDER

A reminder that annual unclaimed property reports are due each year to the state of Colorado covering unclaimed property through June 30th of that year—the report filing deadline is Nov.1st of each year.

For those who are not familiar with this requirement, every business in Colorado is required to report “unclaimed property” to the state of Colorado, attempt to reach the actual owner(s), report/track these items, and ultimately turn over such funds to the state. The state Unclaimed Property staff has commented previously that almost every dealership will have some unclaimed property.  Audit risk and liabilities can extend back ten years.  A few common examples include:

  • Due Bills and Optional Equipment, Parts and Services
  • Vehicle Deposits
  • Referral Fees
  • Credit Life Premium Refunds
  • Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable (Credit Balance)
  • Payroll (final wages or commissions)

More information can be found on their web site at the following:
www.greatcopayback.com  See “Holder Information” on the top menu bar for more specific information on reporting requirements. There are electronic reporting options, forms and free software that is available for tracking purposes.    

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If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topic, please contact:

DISCLAIMER: CADA is not authorized to dispense legal advice.The information contained in this weekly email is intended to provide important updates and reminders regarding statutes, litigation, and regulations. CADA always advises that dealers should consult legal counsel on the specifics of any laws or regulations to ensure proper compliance


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CADA LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE DEALER MEETINGS

The CADA Legislative Policy Committee is scheduling dealer meetings with Colorado state legislators in order to increase awareness and gain support for the many policy issues expected to face auto dealers in the upcoming session of the Colorado General Assembly which convenes January 12, 2011.

Several meetings are planned and you are invited to participate in as many of the meetings as you are able to do.

The primary purpose of this series of brief get-togethers is to foster and advance relationships between CADA member dealers and Colorado’s elected leaders.

The following topics areas are expected to be covered in each session:

  • Auto industry issues in general
  • Colorado dealer issues in particular
  • Proposals to repeal Colorado’s ban on Sunday sales of automobiles
  • Growing class action litigation against the auto retail industry
  • Trends in auto sales in state and nationally
  • Sales tax jurisdictional issues

With the economic challenges faced by the industry today, it is more important than ever that state legislators get the opportunity to hear from you on issues of importance to you and your business.

CLICK HERE to view the schedule and RSVP!

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Questions or Comments?  Please contact:


CADA AND DEALERSEDGE TEAM-UP FOR WEBINAR TRAINING

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) has reached an agreement with DealersEdge a leading provider of virtual management education and training – to bring an ongoing series of auto dealership management training webinars to member dealers.  CADA members will receive steep discounts for each webinar.  Through CADA notices, members will be notified of each program’s availability and will be provided with special promotional codes that will allow savings of more than 40 percent off the regular registration fees.  DealersEdge and CADA are dedicated to quality education and professional development for auto dealer management teams.

CADA and DealersEdge have joined together to bring timely, cutting-edge, inexpensive management training webinars to the auto dealerships of Colorado.  DealersEdge weekly webinars feature nationally-known speakers and trainers as well as dealership managers in live instructional and case study formats.  Webinar topics are chosen by CADA and the finger-on-the-pulse editorial team at DealersEdge that researches the interests and needs of dealership managers industry-wide.  Through this alliance, CADA members will enjoy substantial discounts, making this high-level training very affordable.

Providing high-quality and meaningful management training is an important part of CADA’s vision and mission.  This alliance allows us to bring members a steady stream of new training opportunities with the best experts and trainers available – and we’ll offer our members a significant discount as well, making this a very affordable training option.

DealersEdge keeps its ear to the ground to discover the topics and issues that create the biggest challenges for dealership managers.  When a need is discovered, they access their long list of trainers, consultants and experts to help construct a webinar training program to assist in meeting those challenges in the dealership environment.  By sticking to this pattern of webinar program development, training stays both fresh and popular with both dealers and their management team members.

Managers can connect to these webinars live via the Internet and benefit from the 90-minute presentation format as well as Q&A sessions with the trainer.  An opportunity to download a recording of the event will be offered for use at a time and place more convenient.  And the best part of all is that this training can take place without leaving the dealership, resulting in minimal work flow disruptions.  The recording becomes a permanent part of the dealership’s own training library.

Registration is now open for the next regularly scheduled webinar, How to Prevent and Survive a Factory Warranty Audit, held at 11:00am, Thursday, August 5.  To register for this webinar: www.dealersedge.com/TCDH1-Register, Please make sure to insert your CADA discount code for this webinar – TCDH1CADA           


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ARE YOU PREPARED TO SERVICE HYBRID VEHICLES?

Overall Objective: To teach automotive technicians basic safety for handling hybrid batteries and working with hybrid vehicles. 
Target market – Automotive technicians in the western region of the U.S. wishing to train on hybrid vehicles.
Anticipated class size – limited to 12 students per class
Anticipated duration of training – course will run for 40 hours (see dates and times on attached advertisement)
Learning Objectives and Hands on Training Includes:

  • Demonstrate safety when dealing with hybrid batteries
  • Describe and demonstrate methods of approaching high-voltage systems
  • Describe steps to evaluate if vehicle is safe to touch or work on
  • Be able to locate high-voltage wires in hybrids and all electric vehicles
  • Conversion of hybrid vehicles to longer-range electric vehicles

Where: Arapahoe Community College5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120 - Automotive Department
Cost: $299
Registration – Call 303.734.3701
CLICK HERE for more information!

Participants that complete the 40 hours will receive a certificate from Arapahoe Community College Corporate Learning Division.

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aTO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ANY CADA
SEMINAR OR EVENT, PLEASE VISIT:

www.coloradodealers.org/registration
Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Webinar:
How to Prevent and Survive a Factory Warranty Audit



Thur., August 5

11:00 AM
Mountain

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Enter discount code TCDH4CADA (not case sensitive)

Webinar:
What’s Working in Dealership Advertising and What’s Not



Thur., August 12

11:00 AM
Mountain

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Enter discount code TCDH4CADA (not case sensitive)

Webinar:
Zen and the Art of Time & Multi-Task Management for Today’s Super Controller

Thur., August 26

11:00 AM
Mountain

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Enter discount code TCDH4CADA (not case sensitive)

FREE Webinar:
ADA & FMLA-Potential Pitfalls That Can Expose Your Business



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

11:00 AM-12:00 PM Mountain

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Are You Prepared to Service Hybrid Vehicles?

Littleton

Trainings Available May through August!

Arapahoe Community College5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120 - Automotive Department

CLICK HERE for more information!

If you have a particular area of interest or would like to suggest a training seminar topic, please contact Lauren Stadler at 303.457.5123 or lauren.stadler@coloradodealers.org



Event Description
Date/Time
Location

CADA 2010 Annual Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE!

Monday, August 9, 2010

12:00 pm Registration/Practice

1:00 pm – Shotgun Start

Lakewood Country Club
6800 W. 10th Avenue
Lakewood, CO  80214

CLICK HERE to register online!

CLICK HERE for registration and information!

Innovative Dealer Summit



Wednesday, Sep. 8

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, 80124

More Details Coming Soon!

CADA Regional Meeting

Steamboat Springs

5:30 pm, Tuesday, September 14th

Dinner Meeting


Rex’s American Grill & Bar
Steamboat Springs Holiday Inn
3190 S. Lincoln

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Burlington

5:30 pm, Wednesday, September 15th

Dinner Meeting


Spices on the Green
Burlington Country Club
48680 Snead Drive

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Montrose

8:30 am, Tuesday, September 28th

Breakfast meeting


Camp Robber Café
1515 Ogden Road

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Durango

11:20 am, Wednesday September 29th

Lunch meeting


Seasons of Durango Restaurant
764 Main Street

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Grand Junction

11:30 am, Tuesday, October 5th

Lunch meeting


Bookcliff Country Club
2730 G Road

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Glenwood Springs

5:30 pm, Tuesday, October 5th

Dinner Meeting


Aspen Glen Club
0545 Bald Eagle Way, Carbondale

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Northern Colorado

11:30 am, Wednesday, October 6th

Lunch Meeting


Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel
4705 Clydesdale Parkway

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Longmont

5:30 pm, Wednesday, October 6th

Dinner Meeting


Radisson Conference Center
1900 Ken Pratt Blvd.

CLICK HERE to register!

CADA Regional Meeting

Colorado Springs

11:30 am, Thursday, October 7th

Lunch Meeting


Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road

Attendees can register through CSADA–719.473.1465

CADA Regional Meeting

Pueblo

(tentative)
5:30 pm, Thursday, October 7th       

Dinner Meeting


Pueblo Country Club
3200 8th Avenue

Attendees can register through PADA—719.544.7336

CADA Regional Meeting

Denver

7:30 am, Tuesday, November 23rd

Breakfast meeting


Four Seasons Denver Hotel
1111 14th Street, (new)

CLICK HERE to register!

 



DEALERS VISIT WITH MAYOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER


Dealers visit with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, candidate for Governor of Colorado, at a recent fundraiser at CADA.  Dealers had the rare opportunity to tell Mayor Hickenlooper about their business structure and educate him about the industry.

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GOLFING FOR THE BRAVE

American Military Family's 2nd Annual Golfing for the Brave.

Thursday, August 5, 2010. CLICK HERE for the invitation!

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4TH ANNUAL HOEDOWN FOR HEROES

You are cordially invited to attend the 4th Annual Hoedown for Heroes. "An Evening to Say Thank You."

September 18, 2010. CLICK HERE for the invitation!

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LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

Have you or anyone else at your dealership won an award recently? Have you or your dealership provided any outstanding community service? We want to recognize such accomplishments. Please send us a brief write-up of the award or event along with any other information to milestones@coloradodealers.org. Also include your contact information for further follow-up.

 


THE AFTERFACT

  • FireBreather Camaro is on sale now from Classic Design Concepts
    Auto Week, August 3
    Chevrolet fans, start scratching off lottery tickets: A Detroit-area customizer has devised a creation based on the Camaro  SS dubbed “FireBreather.” And, it has a bit of star power.
  • Future products: The new Ford has learned to think small
    Auto Week, August 3
    Ford Motor Co., long known for pickups and SUVs, will emphasize cars, crossovers and fuel-efficient engines in the next few years.
  • 2011 Ford Super Duty reclaims pickup titles
    The Detroit News, August 3
    Ford Motor Co. said it will announce plans today to add 65 pound-feet of torque and 10 horsepower to the all-new 6.7-liter diesel engine in the 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup.
  • GM sales increase 5.4 percent
    The Detroit News, August 3
    General Motors Co. reported a 5.4 percent jump in overall sales compared to last July.
  • UAW seeks easier union organizing among foreign automakers
    The Detroit News, August 2
    United Auto Workers President Bob King wants foreign automakers to sign written agreements, allowing workers to organize members.
  • Would-be Chevy Volt buyers may pay premium
    Detroit Free Press, August 3
    GM says it is discouraging dealers from overcharging
  • Ford's credit rating up
    Detroit Free Press, August 3
    Ford's credit rating was raised two levels by Standard & Poor's because of expectations the company will remain profitable and signs that customers have a better impression of the automaker's vehicles.
  • Jaguar to unveil wagon, roadster
    Detroit Free Press, August 3
    Jaguar, the luxury-car brand owned by Indian truckmaker Tata Motors, plans to unveil new models including a station wagon and a roadster as the global economic rebound boosts demand.
  • Incentives Fueled July's Car Sales, Easing Worries of a Slowdown
    The Wall Street Journal, August 3
    Auto makers on Tuesday are expected to report solid growth in U.S. sales in July, offering reassurance that the industry's recovery remains on track despite a setback in June.
  • BMW Steps Up a Gear
    The Wall Street Journal, August 3
    Making cars people want to buy is a better investment proposition than making cars governments have to bribe people to buy.

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