SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Auto Industry News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

FTC Issues Consumer Alert: "Auto Warranties, Routine Maintenance, and Repairs: Is Using the Dealer a Must?"

National Association of Dealer Counsel Fall Conference

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming Seminars

Employment Seminar: Overtime Exemption Rule Change Now In Effect

State Dealer Compliance Guide & Training by CO Dealer Attorney!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events

CADA Regional Meetings

"Be Your Own Automotive Internet Marketing Expert"

2011 Title Sponsor for the CADA Annual Member Golf Event

CADA Annual Golf Event

NADA Washington Conference

2012 NADA and ATD Convention & Expo

Colorado Dealer Breakfast


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Fort Collins - Meals on Wheels Porsche Day

Share Your Accomplishmens

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


ARCHIVES

CLICK HERE for Open Road
e-newsletter archives.

CLICK HERE for an Index of Regulatory
& Legal Articles
from the Open
Road e-newsletter.

CLICK HERE for Bulletin archives.

CLICK HERE for Colorado Auto
Outlook
archives.

CLICK HERE for Denver Auto
Outlook
archives.


ONLINE REGISTRATION

CLICK HERE to register online
for various CADA seminars & events.


MEMBERSHIP RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for details on the
Speaker and Educational
Resources
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Endorsed Vendors/Programs
.

CLICK HERE for a list of current
Allied Members
.

CLICK HERE for an order form for
CADA forms
.

CLICK HERE for information on all member services.



www.nada.org


www.aiada.org

CLICK HERE for NADA
Regulatory Affairs information
.


STATE GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

CLICK HERE for the Auto Industry
Division
of the Colorado Dept.
of Revenue.

CLICK HERE for the Title and
Registration section
of the
Colorado Dept. of Revenue,
Motor Vehicles Division.

CLICK HERE for the Colorado
Department of Labor &
Employment
website.




Visit us at www.coloradodealers.org.


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Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 AUTO INDUSTRY 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.



Plan now to participate in CADA Regional Meetings 2011

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 http://cada.wildapricot.org/









FTC ISSUES CONSUMER ALERT: "Auto Warranties, Routine Maintenance, and Repairs: Is Using the Dealer a Must?"

The FTC recently issued this consumer alert – likely indicating they have received complaints in this area, and may be more inclined to target such violations.  Dealers should keep in mind that the FTC’s mission is to “prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace” – meaning that employee comments that might lead consumers to believe the items at issue here could be violations:

If you own a car, you know how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance and repairs. But can a dealer refuse to honor the warranty that came with your new car if someone else does the routine maintenance or repairs?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, says NO. In fact, it's illegal for a dealer to deny your warranty coverage simply because you had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else. Routine maintenance often includes oil changes, tire rotations, belt replacement, fluid checks and flushes, new brake pads, and inspections. Maintenance schedules vary by vehicle make, model and year; the best source of information about routine scheduled maintenance is your owner's manual.

CLICK HERE to view the entire alert.

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEALER COUNSEL - FALL CONFERENCE
Encourage your attorney to join/attend!

aThe National Association of Dealer Counsel: 2011 Fall Conference will be held in Chicago October 9-10th.  NADC membership is invaluable for your dealership attorney – this nationwide network shares information on litigation, compliance, and a wide range of legal issues of importance to dealers.  We strongly encourage you to forward information on NADC and this upcoming conference to your outside counsel.  For more details on the agenda and session topics, view the conference brochure.

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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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EMPLOYMENT SEMINAR: OVERTIME EXEMPTION RULE CHANGE NOW IN EFFECT
Department of Labor reverses longstanding position on dealership service personnel.


Are “service writers, service advisors, service managers, and service salesmen” exempt from overtime?


For at least 32 years, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has advised car and truck dealers and its own staff that the answer, unequivocally, was yes. In addition, a uniform and uncontroverted line of federal court cases dating back to 1973 has held likewise. However, in April 2011, U.S. Department of Labor published a Final Rule stating that service writers should not be considered exempt from overtime.

Highlights of topics included:
Historical perspective on exemption of service writers and what the 2011 final rule means. What should you as a dealer employer do? This seminar will cover employer options to keep service writers exempt from overtime.

Who should attend:
Dealer Principals, general managers, controllers, HR managers, payroll personnel and anyone who needs to be aware of wage and hour laws!

CLICK HERE for information and registration!

Wed., Sept 21, 2011
11:30am to 1:30pm
Colorado Springs

Fri., Sept 23, 2011
11:30am to 1:30pm
Denver

Presented by Nan Clydesdale, Staff attorney, Mountain States Employers Council. Ms. Clydesdale represents employers before the DOL, EEOC and other administrative agencies, advises management concerning the law, and conducts training programs. MSEC is an employers association based in Denver, assisting more than 2,500 amembers throughout the mountain regionwith employment law, human resource (HR) consulting, training and survey needs. All CADA members receive membership in MSEC as part of CADA membership. See www.msec.org for more information about MSEC.

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STATE DEALER COMPLIANCE GUIDE & TRAINING BY CO DEALER ATTORNEY!

GUIDE SUMMARIZES, IN ONE PLACE, KEY AREAS OF STATE COMPLIANCE AND ASSEMBLES VALUABLE RESOURCE & INFORMATION
Key dealership staff training for overlooked compliance areas and risk:

  • Receive the new Colorado Dealer Compliance Guide AND training to review key highlights—for a reduced, bundled price
  • Compliance is critical in every area of your dealership; minimize exposure to lawsuits

CLICK HERE for information and registration!

REGISTER ONLINE!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Colorado Dealer Compliance Guide

Thursday, October 20
7:30am-11:00am
Breakfast/Networking 7:30am
Seminar begins at 8:00am
Denver

New compliance guide developed jointly by CADA & Colorado dealer attorney; training by:
Michael dommermuth, mcgloin, davenport, severson & snow, p.c.
An Attorney Who Specializes In Representation Of Motor Vehicle Dealers.  Michael Is A Member Of National Association Of Dealer Counsel, A National Organization Of Attorneys Who Represent Dealers.  Michael Earned A Bachelor’s Degree From Purdue University In 1980 And Juris Doctorate From Indiana University At Bloomington In 1983.  Michael Has 26 Years Of Experience Representing Dealers Throughout Colorado And The Rocky Mountain West.  Michael’s Firm Provides Full Service Representation Of Motor Vehicle Dealers Including, Buy/Sell Agreements,  Litigation, Finance, Franchise, Manufacturer Disputes, Bankruptcy, Dealer Succession, Class Actions And Federal And State Compliance.  Michael Has Successfully Defended Dealers In Class Actions Challenging D&H And The For Damages Under The Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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

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

Employment Seminar: Overtime Exemption Rule Change Now In Effect

Colorado Springs


Wed., Sept 21, 2011
11:30am to 1:30pm
Lunch included


Powers Office
5650 Industrial Place (Southeast Corner of Powers Blvd. and Airport Road) **Colorado Springs dealers should register directly with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465 abwinslow@comcast.net

Employment Seminar: Overtime Exemption Rule Change Now In Effect

Denver


Fri., Sept 23, 2011
11:30am to 1:30pm
Lunch included


William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd (SW Corner of Grant/Speer), Denver, CO Phone: 303.831.1722

CLICK HERE for information and registration!

State Dealer Compliance Guide & Training by CO Dealer Attorney!

Denver


Thursday, October 20
7:30am-11:00am
Breakfast/Networking 7:30am
Seminar begins at 8:00am


William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd (SW Corner of Grant/Speer), Denver, CO Phone: 303.831.1722

CLICK HERE for information and registration!

REGISTER ONLINE!

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


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Event Description
Date/Time
Location

CADA
Annual Golf Event

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Monday, September 12, 2011

12:00pm Shotgun Start


Green Gables Country Club
6800 West Jewell Avenue
Denver, 80232

Registration online!

CADA Dealer Member Registration

CADA Endorsed and Allied Member Registration

NADA Washington Conference



September 20-21, 2011


JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W
Washington, DC

Register online today!

2012 NADA & ATD Convention & Expo

February 3-6, 2012


Las Vegas, NV

Register Online!

Colorado Dealer Breakfast

Sunday, February 5
7:30 am - 9:00 am


Las Vegas Hilton
Ballroom D
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV  89109

More details coming soon!


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"Be Your Own Automotive Internet Marketing Expert"

Dealership Internship Certificate Programs

• Certification Courses are taught by automotive digital marketing experts
• A tremendous value to dealers at an affordable price
• The AIP is the best way to elevate your dealership's internet marketing prowess

Now offering a $200 discount due to your membership in CADA.

Sign up for the 2011 Program today at:

Automotive Internship Program

www.automotiveinternships.org

Automotive Dealership Internship Certificate Programs - Digital Marketing & Social Media Certificate
• Automotive SEM Associate

Visit the AIP registration page (www.automotiveinternships.org) for the 2011 Fall Semester starting in September.

AIP Certificate Programs include:

• Digital Marketing & Social Media Associate

Interns will dive into the core of digital marketing in the 12-week program with intense SEO, Social media marketing, and automotive content development training.

• Automotive SEM Associate

The 10 week hands-on certificate program will bring students through all phases of campaign setup, keyword selection, ad creation, quality score evaluations, and introduce landing page design and A/B testing.

Visit the AIP website today and learn how you can develop the next generation of automotive professionals for your dealership. Read our student testimonials and see how the PCG Digital Marketing team has changed the way car dealers are looking at their digital marketing strategy

If you would like to speak to an AIP representative, call PCG at 732-450-8200.


THANK YOU


2011 TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE CADA ANNUAL MEMBER GOLF EVENT


CADA ANNUAL MEMBER GOLF EVENT

Monday, September 12, 2011

GREEN GABLES COUNTRY CLUB
Schedule of Events:

11:00 am Registration, boxed lunches, practice range

12:00pm Shotgun Start

Awards Reception immediately following play

Registration online!

CADA Dealer Member Registration

CADA Endorsed and Allied Member Registration

WE STILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE:

TEAM PHOTOGRAPHS ~ $1,000 (Sponsor logo included on photo portfolios)

BEVERAGE CARTS - $1,000 (two cars available)

HOLE SPONSORSHIPS ~ $500 per hole (Sponsor may also provide signage and staffing at hole)

DOOR PRIZES
~ $50 minimum value (Mulligan and ticket sales to benefit the Clear The Air Foundation)

GOODIES FOR GOODIE BAGS (Golf balls, tees, towels, water, snacks, etc)
All companies who participate will get recognition through signage, mention in the program, and acknowledgement from the podium.

CLICK HERE to learn more!



FORT COLLINS - MEALS ON WHEELS PORSCHE DAY
High Mountain Video, August 31
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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

  • Bonuses, new jobs keys to auto deal
    The Detroit News, August 26
    To hear ranking Detroit auto industry executives tell it privately, a new contract with the United Auto Workers would come next month without base wage increases or cost-of-living adjustments, a bitter pill for rank-and-file workers..
  • How To File An Insurance Claim For Hurricane Damage
    Forbes, August 28
    What will homeowners and auto insurance policies cover, and how do you collect on a claim?
  • Bentley Continental GTC - Car News
    Car and Driver, August 2011
    Bentley’s newest product is pretty, pricey, and predictable.
  • Five Killer Car Deals You Missed
    Forbes, August 28
    Everyone knows about the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa that sold for a world-record $16.4 million the other week in Pebble Beach, Calif. In fact, over the entire Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend nearly 30 vintage cars sold for more than a million dollars apiece.
  • Shopping around the best bet for vehicle financing
    The Detroit News, August 27
    Give credit where credit is due: Financing for auto customers is a lot easier than it was less than three years ago.

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