APRIL 9, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE

  DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

     - Automotive News at a Glance

     - April is Automotive Career Month


  LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

     - Under the Gold Dome

     - Businesses and Lawmakers Discuss
       
"Religious" Laws, Brace for No More

    Blue Sundays

     - In London, a Levy for Sins of Emission


  REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

     - New Restrictions in Effect for
       
Used-Vehicle Imports into Mexico


UPCOMING SEMINARS

     - NEXT WEEK: Business Succession

       Planning: Avoid the 10 Deadly Sins

     - Designated Risk Management

       Seminar Returns to Colorado


  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
     - Upcoming Events


  DEALER MILESTONES,
     HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

     - CADA-Sponsored High School Team
      
 Ranks 13th at National Competition

     - Mike Ward Infiniti to Host Grand
      
 Grand Opening and Open House

       This Thursday

     - Loveland Dealer and Sons to

       Ride for Rotary

     - Memorial Fund Established for
       
Chad Julius' Father

     - Let Us Know About YOUR
       
Accomplishments!

 


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        Resources
.

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        Endorsed Vendors/Programs
.

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        Allied Members
.

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        CADA forms
.



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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.

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        Department of Labor &
        Employment
website.




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


      CADA STAFF

President
Tim Jackson
tim.jackson@cadaonline.org
303.282.1448

Vice President
Tammi McCoy
tammi.mccoy@cadaonline.org
303.282.1449  

Vice President -
Public Policy & Communications
Nancy J. Burke
nancy.burke@cadaonline.org
303.457.5115  

Bond Coordinator
Linda Toteve
linda.toteve@cadaonline.org
303.457.5122

F&I Resource Center -
Manager
Chad Julius
chad.julius@cadaonline.org
303.457.5119 

Insurance Services -
Account Manager
Deb Lay
dlay@cadaonline.org
303.282.1453

Insurance Services -
Account Manager
Bob Kogel
bobkogel@cadaonline.org
303.282.1457 

Executive Assistant/Member
Resources Coordinator
Lauren Stadler
lauren.stadler@cadaonline.org
303.457.5123

Services Coordinator
George Billings
george.billings@cadaonline.org 303.457.5117


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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS AT A GLANCE

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

  • Denver lights dimmed for environment
    The Denver Post, March 29
    Hulsberg, an information technology worker, attended the Denver International Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center before walking over to the Mall to see the lights dim. He's looking to buy a hybrid Ford Escape or Toyota Highlander, he said, in the interest of being "green."
  • Toyota denies using government money to develop Prius
    Detroit Free Press, April 2
    Toyota Motor Corp. denied on Wednesday it had received any funding from the Japanese government to develop its hit Prius gas-electric hybrid car.
  • U-Haul ranks Colorado first for inbound moves
    Denver Business Journal, April 3
    Colorado ranked as the top growth state for families last year, according to
    U-Haul International Inc., which compiles the list based on moves to and
    from states.
  • Ford ties Honda, Toyota in initial quality survey
    The Detroit News, April 5
    Ford Motor Co. is in a dead heat with Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. in terms of initial vehicle quality, according to a study the automaker is expected to release Monday.

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APRIL IS AUTOMOTIVE CAREER MONTH

Plan now to host  an event during Automotive Career Month, set for April. NADA's Event Planning Kit makes it easy for you to help young people get their careers in gear. The kit includes:

  • Sample invitation letters
  • Publicity materials, including a press release, online and print ads and scripts for radio ads
  • Winning ideas from dealers, students and educators
  • An event agenda
  • Event posters with room for your dealership information

Order a kit today at www.nada.org/careers  or by calling 800.248.6232, Ext. 7147. CLICK HERE to download an Automotive Career Month Event Planning Kit.

CADA forwards news articles and opinion columns of interest
through the Open Road to inform members of current events. 
These in no way reflect the views, opinions, and/or positions
of CADA or its member dealers. They are sent for
informational and educational purposes only.

 


UNDER THE GOLD DOME

Your CADA lobbyist, Nancy Burke, provides weekly updates on legislative issues relevant to the automotive industry. CLICK HERE to read about the current activities taking place on the state and federal levels.

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BUSINESSES AND LAWMAKERS DISCUSS "RELIGIOUS" LAWS,
BRACE FOR NO MORE BLUE SUNDAYS

The Tribune, April 6

GREELEY - Senate Bill 82 passed the state Senate in late February and the House in late March on bipartisan votes after years of debate on the subject -- the influence of religion in politics and law and concerns about the impact on business and public safety.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

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IN LONDON, A LEVY FOR SINS OF EMISSION
The mayor has pushed a carbon emissions charge that could cost drivers of gas guzzlers in the central city $50 a day.
Los Angeles Times
,  April 3

LONDON -- The Hackings, like many of their neighbors, are a two-car family. Every morning, Giles Hacking gets into his Mercedes CL500 in West Kensington and drives to his office across town near London Bridge.

Sarah Hacking piles the three children into the Jeep Cherokee and drops them off at their schools. Often, her mother pitches in and delivers one of the youngsters.

Soon, though, multi-car families like the Hackings may be wishing all they had to contend with was London's $8-a-gallon gasoline. In an unusual municipal experiment aimed at fighting global warming where the rubber meets the road, the British capital in October is to begin imposing a $50-a-day carbon emissions fee on every gas-guzzling private vehicle driven in the central city.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

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If you have questions on any legislative topic, please contact:



NEW RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT FOR USED-VEHICLE IMPORTS TO MEXICO

Last month, Mexico imposed tighter restrictions on used vehicle imports. Specifically, until January 2009, no one may import vehicles older than 10 years. This amends a preexisting import restriction allowing only the importation of vehicles between 10 and 15 years old. Bottom line: Until January 2009, used vehicles imported into Mexico from the U.S. or Canada may only be 10 years old (MY 1998). Moreover, they are subject to Mexican Standard NOM 041 on maximum permissible emissions and the importer must pay a 15 percent value-added tax.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, Mexico will no longer restrict used-vehicle imports at least 10 years old from the U.S. or Canada. CLICK HERE for the full market research report from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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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.



BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING:
AVOID THE 10 DEADLY SINS

After years of building your business, you deserve to have your business continue after you exit. This presentation will highlight the 10 DEADLY SINS of business succession planning, as well as both basic and innovative elements of an exit strategy. Presented jointly by Federated Insurance and outside counsel.

  • Current estate taxes are due in nine months.
  • Only 28% of family-owned businesses have a succession plan.

The practical ideas discussed may mean savings
of hundreds of thousands of dollars to YOU!
Don’t miss this practical and informative presentation!

WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17
(breakfast included)
WHERE: William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
WHO: Dealer Principals/Owners

"It's critical for every client to know he or she is our most important client. People come to see us because they have questions about issues central to their lives--their families, their businesses, their future. Every day I am honored that our clients trust us to help them with what matters most."
--Michael Franzmann, presented of this program and attorney with Gouger Franzmann & Hooke, LLC

CLICK HERE for more information on this session. CLICK HERE to register for this event, PRESENTED BY CADA ENDORSED PROVIDER, FEDERATED INSURANCE.

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DESIGNATED RISK MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
RETURNS TO COLORADO
Unique Opportunity Presented By CADA-Endorsed Provider

  • Local opportunity to attend this comprehensive
    risk management seminar
  • Condensed one-day session of a 2 ½-day seminar
    typically held only at Federated headquarters

CADA, in conjunction with Federated, will be hosting a Designated Risk Management Seminar. This comprehensive seminar will be limited to twenty dealers, each of whom, after providing the requisite information, will be provided with comprehensive and customized materials at the seminar in April 2007. 

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 17
(breakfast & lunch included)
WHERE: William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
WHO: Risk Managers (or whoever is designated with that responsibility)

CLICK HERE for a registration form and more details.
CLICK HERE
to register online for this event.
CLICK HERE
for a seminar re-cap and testimonials from other CADA members who attended last year’s session (look under “Dealer News”).


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

www.cadaonline.org/registration
Event Description
Date/Time
Location
Business Succession Seminar presented by Federated Insurance

NEXT WEEK!

Thursday,
April 17
7:30 to
9:30 a.m.
breakfast included

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register for this event.
Section 125/Flexible Spending Accounts presented by Karla Bolinger, American Fidelity Assurance Company (Grand Junction)

Wednesday,
May 14
Noon to 2 p.m.
lunch included

Double Tree Hotel
743 Horizon Drive,
Grand Junction, CO  81506
970.241.8888
More information coming soon!

Section 125/Flexible Spending Accounts presented by Karla Bolinger, American Fidelity Assurance Company (Denver)

Thursday,
May 15
7:30 to
9:30 a.m.
breakfast included

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
More information coming soon!

Section 125/Flexible Spending Accounts presented by Karla Bolinger, American Fidelity Assurance Company (Colorado Springs) Thursday,
May 15
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
lunch included
Antlers Hilton Hotel,
4 South Cascade Ave.,
Colorado Springs,  80903 719.955.5600
*Colorado Springs dealers should register with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465
More information coming soon!
Risk Management Seminar presented by Federated Insurance Tuesday,
June 17
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
breakfast and lunch included

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
CLICK HERE
for a registration form and more details. CLICK HERE to register online for this event.

CADA Workers Compensation Program
– Quarterly Safety Committee Meeting

June 18

More details coming soon!

William D. Barrow Building,
CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
CLICK HERE for more information on the CADA workers' compensation program.
ATAE (Automotive Trade Association Executives) Service Directors Meetings July 20-23 St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, CO
CLICK HERE for a registration form. Contact Tammi McCoy for more information or if you are interested in sponsorship information.
Colorado Dealer Management & Leadership Summit

Wednesday,
Aug. 13
8 a.m. to
7:30 p.m.

Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows
CADA Annual Member Golf Event Monday,
Sept. 8
Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123



CADA-SPONSORED HIGH SCHOOL TEAM
RANKS 13TH AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

CADA recently sponsored Smokey Hill High School’s automotive teacher Brian Manley and two students, Steven Olivias and Nicholas Saladin, in the 2008 National Automotive Technology Competition. This was the first time CADA ever sponsored a group for this competition, and Team Lexus placed 13th at the national GNYADA contest (team names are based on a random drawing).

"I was thrilled when I found out our placing, because we were up against teams who had been here before, knew the contest format, and had days, or even weeks, with their contest vehicle" said Manley. "I believe this is an excellent showing for newcomers."

The Smokey Hill students competed in 10 stations for 15 minutes each, including precision measuring, wire harness repair, electrical circuits, scope waveform interpretation, road force wheel balancing, TPMS monitors, environmental health & safety, information access, brake measuring, and 4-stroke engine diagnosis. They were then judged on technique and overall knowledge and ability.

"The students were faced with multiple powertrain codes, and had to locate and diagnose a defective MAF sensor, immobilizer system, purge system, power door locks and speaker inop, and no power to ALL of the ignition coils," reports Manley. "A defective horn, bad blower transistor and full PDI rounded out the bugs they found. They feel as though they got almost all of them--great diagnosing under pressure."

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MIKE WARD INFINITI TO HOST GRAND OPENING AND OPEN HOUSE THIS THURSDAY

Mike Ward Infiniti of Littleton will host its Grand Opening and Open House this Thursday, April 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The new store is located on 5077 South Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton.

"I have been in the auto business in the Denver area for 25 years," said Ward. "The last 14 years I spent in Littleton with a luxury franchise, and I know what it takes to exceed your expectations and deliver excellence."

Mike Ward Infiniti and its employees are involved in civic and charitable organizations, supporting ecological conservation, children's charities, the arts, education and many more worthwhile causes that make the Littleton community a better place to live.

With the complete Infiniti line to choose from,shoppers can find everything they could want in an automobile: coupes, SUVs, crossovers, sedans, and much more.

"My goal is to be the No.1 Infiniti dealership in the area and to give you the excellence in service you deserve," said Ward. "No matter what your experience has been in the past, I want to assure you of the quality service you will receive at Mike Ward Infiniti of Littleton."

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LOVELAND DEALER AND SONS TO RIDE FOR ROTARY

For the next three summers, Ryan Ferrero and his two sons will take a 1,000-mile bike ride across the United States to support the Loveland Rotary Club. Ferrero, owner of Ferrero I-25 Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Loveland, Riley, 9, and Dylan, 7, will ride on a Pino Tour tandem hybrid bike for this event. 

Ridin' for Rotary is a charitable ride to support their dictionary project, with a goal of more than $5,000. The purpose of this bike ride is for every 3rd grader in the Thompson R2-J School District to receive a dictionary courtesy of the Loveland Rotary Club. 

Between June 19 and July 3, 2008, the three "boys" will be dipping the traditional rear-tire in the Pacific in Astoria, Oregon. Then the Ferreros will ride a self-supported 800-mile solo tour through the Oregon Cascade Mountain Range through Boise, completing their first of three legs in Sun Valley, Idaho. Summer 2009 and 2010 will complete the journey in Washington DC where the front wheel will be dipped in the Atlantic.

"We will raise money to ensure that every 3rd grader receives the New Heritage full-color hard-backed dictionary," said Ryan. 

To support Ridin' for Rotary,
CLICK HERE for more information
or visit www.RyanFerrero.com/Rotary.

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MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED FOR CHAD JULIUS' FATHER

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association Executive Committee recently voted
to establish a memorial fund to benefit the family of Michael Julius, father of CADA employee Chad Julius. Michael lost his battle with cancer in January.

The Michael Julius Memorial Fund was set up to help the family defray expenses related to his cancer treatments and funeral expenses. To contribute to the fund, please contact Lauren Stadler at 303-457-5123 or lauren.stadler@cadaonline.org, Funds can also be mailed to: CADA Michael Julius Memorial Fund, Attn: Lauren Stadler, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO  80203. Or payments can be sent directly to Vectra Bank: CADA Michael Julius Memorial Fund, C/O Vectra Bank, 2000 South Colorado Blvd., Suite 2-1200, Denver, CO  80222, Attn: Account # 5110016663.

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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@cadaonline.org.  Also include your contact information for further follow-up.

 


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