AUGUST 20, 2008


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

2009 NADA Convention Accomodations

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Auto Industry Division- Compliance Inspections / Updated Compliance Checklist

Updated Legal / Regulatory Articles Index Available

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Tomorrow! Safety Compliance Seminar

Lifeline to Profits Seminar

Salesperson Training/Personal Development


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events
Fall 2008 Regional Member Briefings

Dealer Day at SEMA


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Tomorrow! Morehart Chevrolet/Subaru 50th Anniversary

Weld County Garage Celebrates Their 100 Year Anniversary

William D. Barrow Building Celebrates Its 10-year Anniversary

Share YOUR Accomplishments


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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.

  • JD Powers study shows marked improvement in vehicle quality
    AOL News, August 17
    The improvement of the U.S. automakers is one of two important themes in this year's Initial Quality study. The other is that the industry as a whole reported a significant improvement in initial quality, with substantial gains made by nearly 75 percent of the 36 nameplates ranked in the survey.

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2009 NADA CONVENTION ACCOMODATIONS

As you begin receiving your registration materials for the 2009 NADA Convention in New Orleans, we would like to encourage you to consider a few of the properties the CADA events management team scouted on a recent trip to New Orleans.

We would like to recommend to all Colorado dealers the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center.  Firstly, you will experience a legendary riverfront, boutique-style hotel located in the Warehouse & Arts District, directly across the street from the Convention Center and within walking distance of the French Quarter.  Secondly, the annual CADA Breakfast will be hosted there on Sunday, January 25th.  The hotel is clean, comfortable and the staff is friendly and efficient.  To learn more about this fantastic property visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/msymc-new-orleans-marriott-at-the-convention-center/

As a second choice, the CADA events management team recommends the Westin New Orleans Canal Place. Located along the Mississippi River and adjacent to the French Quarter an eight minute walk to the convention center, the Westin makes a wonderful second choice. To learn more about the Westin please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1763



AUTO INDUSTRY DIVISION - COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS / UPDATED COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST

As a reminder, in the July 9th, 2008 issue of Open Road, we highlighted an excerpt from the latest issue of the Auto Industry Division’s Wheels newsletter regarding the Division’s current effort to conduct on-site, basic inspections at all dealerships.  Note that an updated version of the DR 2129 Compliance Inspection Checklist has been posted.  Please ensure you are familiar with these fundamental compliance requirements.

Inspections - The Compliance and Investigation’s staff will begin conducting “Compliance Inspections” at all dealer locations. The goal of this program is education and compliance. Staff members will enter dealer locations in a non-aggressive, public relations manner, and conduct an inspection. They will have a one-page checklist of topics that need to be covered/inspected. Management will be encouraged to participate in the inspection and ask questions of the staff member during the process. This will give dealers the opportunity to meet Division staff assigned to their particular location so that communication can be free flowing. Should minor violations be found, the staff member will attempt to gain compliance.       -- Bruce Zulauf, AID Director,  June 2008, Wheels  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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UPDATED LEGAL / REGULATORY ARTICLES INDEX AVAILABLE

A consolidated index of Legal / Regulatory articles has been posted on the Open Road archives page.  This combines 2007 and 2008 articles into one index, and is sorted by category.   

Visit http://www.cadaopenroad.org to access this index and all archives.

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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.

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

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

Safety Compliance Seminar Presented by KPA and Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Durango

TOMORROW!

Thurs., Aug. 21
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lunch Included

Doubletree Hotel
501 Camino del Rio, Durango, 81301
Phone:  970.382.3913
- Flyer/Registration Form
- REGISTER ONLINE

Safety Compliance Seminar Presented by KPA and Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Colorado Springs

Thurs., Sept. 18
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lunch included

Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs,  80903, 719.955.5600
- Flyer/Registration Form
*Colorado Springs dealers should register with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465 or abwinslow@comcast.net

Salesperson Training/Personal Development by Chip Thomas

Oct. 14-15
Course offered twice; one-day each
More details coming soon!

Lifeline to Profits Seminar

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Meals provided for each day

William D. Barrow Building, CADA Offices
290 East Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
- Flyer/Registration Form
- REGISTER ONLINE

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SAFETY COMPLIANCE SEMINAR

Workers Compensation and Environmental Health and Safety

Keep your employees safe AND reduce costs 
Review the latest compliance changes, presented by CADA endorsed providers: Wells Fargo Insurance Services and KPA

Part I –Workers Compensation – New Compliance Issues and Best Practices (1.5 hours)

  • Recent changes to Colorado's Workers' Compensation laws have impacted most employers’ ability to maintain control of their claims.
  • Learn what your dealership must do to be in compliance with the law and still effectively manage your claims.
  • Learn about the most frequent and costly workplace accidents and how to prevent them.
  • Attendees will take away proven techniques and resources to protect their employees from disabling accident
  • Keep your workers safe and ensure legal compliance
  • Learn how to improve your dealership profitability by lowering your total cost of risk.

Part II – Environment Health and Safety:  Small Investment. 
Big Return, KPA
(1.5 hours)

  • Safety and environmental compliance: EPA, OSHA, DOT, and more.   
  • Key topics to be covered
  • Hybrid Safety
  • The importance of Hazmat certification
  • Common Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) mistakes and the fines that can ensue
  • Safety Committees and their critical role in dealership
  • Examples of return on your investment in EHS

NADA Publication provided in handouts:
The Federal Hazmat Transportation Regulations (L37, 3rd edition 5/1/2008) An overview of dealership and hazmat employee responsibilities under the federal hazardous materials transportation law, including reference to classification, training, packaging, and other requirements. [Topics: Hazmat, HMR, OSHA, Hazcom, EPA, TDGR, NOMs, ICAO, IMDG, hazard communication, labeling, placarding, packaging, toxic, explosive, environment, flammable, radioactive, corrosive].   $30 value.

CLICK HERE for more information
on this
training session.

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SALESPERSON TRAINING/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Oct. 14-15, 2008
Course offered twice; one-day each

Chip Thomas has received rave reviews providing salesperson training for other auto dealer associations across the U.S. Mark your calendar for this training event that will be offered twice in October.

More details coming soon!

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LIFELINE TO PROFITS SEMINAR

Thurs., Oct. 16 to Fri., Oct. 17
from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In this intensive, two-day workshop, you will go through every aspect of your operation, taking a candid look at your dealership to develop a detailed action plan to implement within your store to achieve your dealership’s full profit potential. You'll leave this hands-on training with answers to the following questions:

  • Can I enhance and improve the performance of my dealership?
  • How do I effectively analyze my current dealership operations?
  • What's the best way to identify opportunities for change?
  • What steps do I take to fully capitalize on these new opportunities?
  • How do I tailor a plan specifically for my dealership?
  • What's the most efficient way to put my plan into action?

The NADA 20 Group program is providing industry-leading trainers to conduct the workshop. Each of the trainers has retail experience and will offer critical insight to help your dealership. You will take home a practical action plan specifically designed for YOUR dealership.

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on this
training session.

Event Description
Date/Time
Location
CADA Annual Member Golf Event Mon., Sept. 8

Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123
www.coloradodealers.org/golfevent

CADA Regional Member Briefings

- FULL LIST of location dates and times

Eleven meetings for dealers across Colorado

For more information www.coloradodealers.org/regionals
Attendees can register through CADA via Phone: 303.831.1722, FAX: 303.831.9100, or E-mail: rsvp@coloradodealers.org
* Please note different RSVP
for Colorado Springs and
Pueblo meetings. 

Dealer Day at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show 2008

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Las Vegas Convention Center

Press Release Link

Registration Link


TOMORROW! MOREHART CHEVROLET/SUBARU 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Morehart Chevrolet/Subaru invites you to join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

When:  Thursday, August 21, 2008  5:30p-8:30p

Where: Morehart Chevrolet/Subaru 31 Parker Avenue, Bodo Auto Park, Durango CO

RSVP:  Erin at 970.247.2121 or erin@morehart.net by 08/15/2008
970.247.2121

CLICK HERE to view the invitation.

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WELD COUNTY GARAGE CELEBRATES THEIR 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Weld County Garage in Greeley, Colorado is celebrating their 100 year
anniversary this year! Back in 1908 Weld County Garage sold wagons. On
down the road they started sellings cars. Buick was the first franchise, then
Pontiac, and evenutally GMC. Levi Yoder and his son Warren Yoder own the
dealership now. Mr. Yoder bought it in 1982. During this 100 year
celebration, Weld County Garage is giving away 6 new Pontiac G-6's. They
have already given away 3 and have 3 to go. If you are visiting northern
Colorado, stop in Greeley and visit "The Garage"!

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WILLIAM D. BARROW BUILDING CELEBRATES ITS 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Ten years ago this month, the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association and the Metro Denver Automobile Dealers Association moved into what is now the William D. Barrow Building on 290 East Speer Boulevard in downtown Denver. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 1998 an open house was hosted to commemorate the building. Members, allied members and guests attended the event, many of whom are still very involved in the organization today.

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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.


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Colorado Automobile Dealers Association
290 East Speer Boulevard Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: 303.831.1722 | Facsimile: 303.831.4205
www.coloradodealers.org