SEPTEMBER 23, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Title Processing Updates / Reminders

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Transportation Legislation Review Committee Takes First Step to Make Dealer Bill Part of its Legislative Agenda

CADA to Host Fundraiser on Wednesday, September 30th for Rep. Ken Summers (R-Lakewood)

Be a Part of CADA's Grassroots Efforts!

Guest Column: Pinnacol Holds Firm While Interim Legislative Committee Debates Changes to Pinnacol and Workers' Comp Laws

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming Seminars

OSHA in Plain English

Unclaimed Property 101: The Essentials of Reporting & Compliance

CADA Regional Member Briefings!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events

CADA Regional Member Briefings

MDADA Annual Membership Meeting/CADA Regional Meeting

NADA Convention and Exposition

Denver Auto Show

CADA 2010 Annual Golf Tournament


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Gene Wilcoxson of Wilcoxson Buick Cadillac GMC Passes Away

Share Your Accomplishments

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


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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.

  • Frankfurt Auto Show
    IBN Live, September 20

    Environment-friendly cars and the fuel-savers stole the show at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009, but despite the recession-ridden world economy, concept cars and sportscars were still presented in large numbers.
  • Romanoff is going toe-to-toe with Bennet
    The Colorado Statesman, September 18
    Andrew Romanoff is in. So is Michael Bennet. The battle lines are being drawn in the sand.
  • German chancellor: 'One can't hold their breath for electric cars now'
    The Detroit News, September 17
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the Frankfurt Motor Show to the public on Thursday with a speech defending the government's car scrapping scheme, its decision on Opel's sale and looking to the future of transportation with electric and hybrid cars.
  • Energy secretary says carmakers can surpass 34 mpg standards
    The Detroit News, September 17
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said today automakers can go beyond the 34.1 mpg fleet-wide fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama administration for the 2016 model year.
  • OnStar prices lock out users
    The Detroit News, September 17
    With all due respect to the 63,000 GM car and truck owners who lock their keys in their vehicle every month, I ask this question: Seriously?
  • Tire tariff jolts Ford supplier
    The Detroit News, September 17
    Few things scream "American" louder than Ford Motor Co.'s F-series pickup, but some models of the best-selling vehicle in the United States sport tires made in China.
  • Chrysler restructuring plan on the way
    The Detroit News, September 16
    Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, told reporters here that he would present a restructuring plan for the U.S. automaker in November.
  • Health costs rise 12 times faster than earnings
    Detroit Free Press, September 17
    The cost of workplace health insurance coverage rose 12.9 times faster than earnings in Michigan in nearly a decade, putting a growing strain on employers and their workers, a new survey released today says.
  • Labor agency wants exemption for GM plan
    Detroit Free Press, September 17
    The Labor Department said today it was seeking an exemption for General Motors’ new retiree health care plan that would implement the automaker’s move to transfer company securities into the health care trust.
  • USA Today, Open Road
  • …more news articles are included at the end of this issue.


TITLE PROCESSING UPDATES / REMINDERS

Lien Filing and Lien Release Changes:

The Title Processing Division has released the following memo regarding changes that go into effect October 1, 2009 regarding lien releases. For the most part, this legislation was pursued by county clerks and was intended to remove some of the hurdles that made filing for lien releases more difficult. The key change is excerpted below:

Authorizes a separate lien release, signed under penalty of perjury, to remove the notation of security interest on a vehicle title instead of requiring the lien holder to sign the physical title. The lien may still be released on the title. Notarized lien releases which include a penalty of perjury statement are acceptable. Notarized lien releases (with no perjury statement) will no longer be accepted beginning October 1, 2009.
Review the full memo:

Revised DR 2395 as of October 1, 2009

The latest revision of the DR 2395 (revision date 6/30/09) will be required as of October 1, 2009.  As a reminder, the Title Processing division typically works with a ninety-day grace period for all new forms, so within ninety days of a revision, the new form version is mandatory. 

DR 2395, Revised 6/30/09

To download any of the title and registration forms, go to: 
http://www.colorado.gov/revenue/dmv  (select “Forms and Publicans”)

CLICK HERE to order forms from CADA

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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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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE TAKES FIRST STEP TO MAKE DEALER BILL PART OF ITS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

The Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC) met last Wednesday and I testified before the committee on behalf of dealers to promote legislation that would provide a threshold in statute under which county clerks shall process motor vehicle title and registration, even if there is a de minimus amount of taxes outstanding.  As part of their agenda, the committee took motions on proposals for draft legislation that would become part of the TLRC package of bills for next session.  Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) made a motion on behalf of dealers to draft a bill as described above.  Rep. Tyler’s motion passed by a vote of 10-1, with only Rep. Jerry Frangas (D-Denver), dissenting.

Ultimately the committee voted to draft 6 bills and killed 2 others.  Once drafted, the committee will still have to take a final vote on these bills.  A summary of these 8 issues are below:

  1. Motion by Sen. Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora) to amend the process for toll violation notices for E-470.  Passed
  2. Motion by Rep. Marsha Looper (R-Colorado Springs) to address waste tire management program.  Passed
  3. Motion by Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood) to address auto dealer/sales tax issues with vehicle title and registration.  Passed
  4. Motion by Rep. Jerry Frangas (D-Denver) to reduce the number of handicapped placards or make process more difficult to get one.  Passed
  5. Motion by Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Ft. Collins) to put a presumption of careless driving in statute for using a cell phone, putting on makeup, eating, etc.  Killed
  6. Motion by Sen. Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora) to add a $5.00 surcharge to drug, alcohol and domestic violence citations to support local DARE programs.  Killed
  7. Motion by Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley) to get consistency in the statutes regarding the terms “drivers education” and “drivers awareness.”  Clean up bill.  Passed
  8. Motion by Rep. Buffie McFadyen (D-Pueblo) to require state troopers to notify Senate and House Transportation committees of all fatalities and serious injuries in work zones.  Passed

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CADA TO HOST FUNDRAISER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH FOR REP. KEN SUMMERS (R-LAKEWOOD)

Please join us on the evening of Wednesday, September 30th as CADA hosts a fundraiser for long-time automobile dealers supporter, Rep. Ken Summers (R-Lakewood).  During the 2009 Session, Rep. Summers was the prime sponsor in the Colorado House of Representatives of HB 1230, a bill that provided a hold harmless to dealers in the event of a subsequent audit where a purchaser of a motor vehicle has provided a dealer with an incorrect primary address in an effort to avoid sales taxes.  For a copy of HB 1230, please click here.  To view the invitation and for RSVP information, please click here.  We look forward to seeing you at this event!

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BE A PART OF CADA'S GRASSROOTS EFFORTS!

In large part, CADA’s legislative success is due to the active and meaningful participation of our member dealers in grassroots activism.  We are in the process of scheduling 28 meetings across Colorado between now and when the General Assembly convenes for the 2010 Session on January 13th.  To see a current list of the meetings we have confirmed, please click here and RSVP to Lauren Stadler at lauren.stadler@coloradodealers.org if you plan to attend.  We can’t wait to see you at these very important and educational meetings!

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GUEST COLUMN: PINNACOL HOLDS FIRM WHILE INTERIM LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE DEBATES CHANGES TO PINNACOL AND WORKERS' COMP LAWS
By Dan Pilcher, Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry

On Wednesday of last week, Pinnacol Assurance issued a press release stating that it prefers maintaining its current structure and will not suggest any changes to an interim legislative committee that has been studying Pinnacol since August.

Last Friday, the Legislative Interim Committee on Pinnacol Assurance, which is chaired by Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), debated findings and recommendations concerning Pinnacol and state workers compensation laws and how they might be changed.  Most of the proposals offer significant changes to current workers’ compensation statutes.  Proposals that affect Pinnacol include increasing transparency of Pinnacol’s operations, increasing penalties for wrongful delay or denial of claims and giving injured workers seats on the Pinnacol Board of Directors.

The fifth and final meeting of the Committee is October 16th (9 a.m.—5 p.m., in House Committee Room 112 at the State Capitol).  During this meeting, the Committee can vote on up to eight proposals to be drafted and filed for introduction as bills during the 2010 legislative session.

CLICK HERE for the list of bill requests made by Committee members.

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Event Description
Date/Time
Location

OSHA in Plain English
An overview of OSHA regulations.

FREE Webinar

Thursday, September 24, 2009


9:00am - 10:00am Mountain Time

Click here to register online

Unclaimed Property 101: The Essentials of Reporting & Compliance

Webinar

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

Click here to register online

Employment Law WEBINAR:
Reducing Lawsuit Risks of Terminations and Staff Reductions

By Todd Fredrickson, top Denver employment attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Archive of this webinar can be viewed any time

Session was completed June 18, 2009

Click here for a registration form and more information (login information and slides provided upon registration)

-Includes detailed Q &A by those linked in on June 18th

CADA Virtual Seminar: Employer Requirements for New COBRA Subsidy

Speaker: Penny Wofford, Ford & Harrison LLP


Archive of this webinar can be viewed any time

Click here for a registration form and more information (login information and slides provided upon registration)

Session was completed April 7, 2009
-Includes detailed Q &A by those linked in on April 7th


Event Description
Date/Time
Location

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: 303.457.5123, FAX: 303.831.9100, or E-mail: rsvp@coloradodealers.org
* Please note different RSVP
for Colorado Springs and
Pueblo meetings. 

MDADA Annual Membership Meeting/CADA Regional Meeting

Denver

Tuesday, Dec. 1

11 a.m.- Lunch Meeting (General Session)

Plan to arrive by 10:45 a.m.

JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane
Denver 80206
Attendees can register through CADA via Phone: 303.457.5123, FAX: 303.831.9100, or E-mail: rsvp@coloradodealers.org

Complimentary valet parking

CLICK HERE to register online!

NADA Convention & Exposition Feb. 13-15, 2010

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL

CLICK HERE for more information from the official website.

Denver Auto Show



Wednesday, April 7, 2010

thru  

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Colorado Convention Center

700 14th Street Denver 80202

CLICK HERE for more information.

CADA 2010 Annual Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE!

August 23, 2010

11:00am-11:45am Registration/Practice

12:00 Noon – Shotgun Start

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


GENE WILCOXSON OF WILCOXSON BUICK CADILLAC GMC PASSES AWAY

Wilcoxson, 85, was preceded in death by his wife, Jane "Peachy" Wilcoxson, and survived by two sons, Gene Jr., called "Scooter," and Bill, and a daughter, Karen.

CLICK HERE to read more.

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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

  • House OKs $2.9 billion for auto research
    Detroit Free Press, September 17
    Federal research into electric vehicles, hybrids and other fuel-saving technologies could tap $2.9 billion over the next five years under a bill approved Wednesday by the U.S. House.
  • House approves green auto research bill
    The Detroit News, September 17
    The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to boost government funding for green vehicle research -- the latest effort by Congress to aid the struggling auto industry.
  • Crash Test: Old vs. New
    The Wall Street Journal, September 17
    They don't build cars like they used to -- and passengers are safer as a result.
  • Hyundai Gains with Marketing Blitz
    Business Week, September 17
    The weakness of Korea's currency benefits the automaker. It has poured millions into high-profile ads that are helping it gain market share
  • Chrysler to Set Strategy For Five-Year Targets
    The Wall Street Journal, September 17
    Chrysler Group LLC plans to outline a highly anticipated model strategy in November, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said Wednesday, acknowledging the work has proved more difficult than he expected when he took the helm at the auto maker in June.

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