OCTOBER 13, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

CARS / Cash For Clunkers - Title Branding For The Clunker Trade Ins - Correction

Dealer Advertising -- Reminders

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Legislative Policy Committee Leaders Pass the Torch

Be A Part of CADA's Grassroots Efforts!

Please Save the Date For These Future Fundraisers at CADA!

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming Seminars

Dealer Rights and Protections Seminar

FREE WEBINAR: Be Prepared for EPS's New Emission Standards

Dealer Management System (DMS) Training

Designated Risk Management Seminar: The Key To Cuttings Costs is Controlling Losses

CADA Regional Member Briefings!


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events

Colorado Legislator Meetings

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

Share Your Accomplishments

Ivette Dominguez Named Woman of Distinction

 

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

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.




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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.

  • Toyota's competition forces Big 3 to improve
    The Detroit News, October 8
    The pervasive anger that exists among far too many people in Michigan isn't healthy, but what's worse is the glee that's expressed by some when others struggle.
  • Missteps chip at Toyota's image
    The Detroit News, October 8
    New recall, corrosion probe, factory closure put reputation at risk
  • Aston Martin gets drivers' hearts racing at Romeo track
    The Detroit News, October 8
    Inspiration for some may come as they top 165 miles per hour in a 500-plus horsepower DBS.
  • Subaru grows its midsize Legacy
    The Detroit News, October 8

    Americans love midsize cars. We buy more of them than any other kind of car.
  • Subtext of a driving hazard
    The Detroit News, October 8
    Working moms are the nation's biggest cellphone users by a long shot, according to Scarborough Research.
  • Vehicle owners star in Ford ads
    The Detroit News, October 7
    General Motors Co. may think its new chairman can sell cars and trucks, but Ford Motor Co. believes its customers will do a better job of moving metal.
  • More jobs to be cut at GM, CEO's report says
    Detroit Free Press, October 8
    Three months into its life after bankruptcy, General Motors Co. has about 10,500 more U.S. workers than called for by year's end under its previously stated turnaround plan.
  • AP source: GM nears sale of Hummer
    Detroit Free Press, October 8
    General Motors Co. is poised to sign a deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese heavy equipment manufacturer as early as this afternoon, a person briefed on the deal said.
  • MKT puts Lincoln ahead in field
    Detroit Free Press, September 28

    The new face of Lincoln came into focus as the sleek 2010 MKT luxury crossover zipped by a bloated Lincoln Navigator SUV on the highway.
  • USA Today, Open Road
  • …more news articles are included at the end of this issue.


CARS / CASH FOR CLUNKERS - TITLE BRANDING FOR THE CLUNKER TRADE INS - CORRECTION


In last week’s Open Road e-newsletter, we ran an article that the Dept. of Revenue requested to receive copies of the junked titles from dealers in order to update the state titling system.  Upon further clarification of this, since the original titles of the junked cars would have been assigned to the recyclers/salvage companies, any obligation to update the state would be with them.   Further, as noted on the Disposal Facility Certification Form there is an affirmation that the recycler/crusher will report to the NMVTIS (National Motor Vehicle Title Info System).

***Dealers do not need to provide copies of the junked car titles to Department of Revenue ***

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DEALER ADVERTISING -- REMINDERS

Dealerships are reminded to review and ensure that all staff or outside vendors writing advertisements on behalf of the dealership are aware of state laws and regulations regarding motor vehicle advertising:

There is a general statutory obligation to ensure advertising is not “misleading” and does not “misrepresent”:

C.R.S. 12-6-118(3)(k). To intentionally publish or circulate any advertising which is misleading or inaccurate in any material particular or which misrepresents any of the products sold or furnished by a licensed dealer.

The state motor vehicle dealer board also has regulations with more clarification of what is considered ‘misleading’ in some specific circumstances (this list is by no means exhaustive); CLICK HERE for a copy of those regulations. 

In addition, the prior Open Road articles below contain additional information:

March 26, 2008          INTERNET ADVERTISED PRICE MUST MATCH PRINT ADS
March 19, 2008          ADVERTISEMENTS MUST INCLUDE DEALERSHIP NAME  
January 10, 2007       AUTO INDUSTRY DIVISION ALERT REGARDING INTERNET

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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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LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE LEADERS PASS THE TORCH

After two years of tremendous success under their leadership of CADA’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC), Matt Tynan and Don Hicks transitioned out of their positions at an appreciation dinner held by CADA at Root Down last Thursday night.  Joined by their spouses, multiple dealers and CADA staff, Matt and Don graciously spoke about their work and accomplishments.  Matt and Don were honored with beautiful awards hand-carved in the symbol of victory to commemorate their commitment and success.  As of last week’s dinner, Ben Faricy and Todd Bondy will take over as the co-chairs of the LPC.  We are excited for their leadership as we prepare for the 2010 Legislative Session.  A big THANK YOU goes out to to Matt Tynan and Don Hicks for your commitment, meaningful contributions, and amazing dedication to CADA over the last 2 years.

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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 30 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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PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE FUNDRAISERS AT CADA!

Thursday, October 29th, Josh Penry for Governor (R-Grand Junction) (**Ladies Only** 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 5th, Scott McInnis for Governor (R-Grand Junction) (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 18th, Rep. Joe Rice (D-Littleton) (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

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Questions or Comments?  Please contact:


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DEALER RIGHTS AND PROTECTIONS SEMINAR: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! KNOW YOUR OBLIGATIONS!

Presented by William E. Walters, Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass, LLC

~ IN SEVEN CITIES ACROSS COLORADO! ~

CADA spearheaded and passed significant new franchise law protections for dealers in 2009: 

  • Dealership Rights: make sure you understand these new rights in order to fully assert them—and to ensure you are not signing them away without recourse!
    • Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Act (“Franchise Law”) – NEW protections:
      • Limits the look-back period for warranty and sales incentive audits; prevents unreasonably short time periods to submit claims
      • Exclusivity mandates prohibited; dealer notice requirements
      • Pricing variance limitations
      • Site control / facility upgrade mandate restrictions; facilities assistance
      • Manufacturer requirements/duties for market withdrawal or termination; inventory repurchase requirements
      • Buy/sell, transfer/relocation, or change of management – approval requirements
    • Re-cap of existing protections, and manufacturer relations generally
    • Lessons learned in GM/Chrysler bankruptcies

  • Dealer Obligations: keep your dealership out of the cross-hairs of regulators, lawyers, and consumers!
    • State regulatory requirements and dealer investigations
    • Risks and penalties of various violations and/or lawsuits

CLICK HERE for a registration form and more information!

CLICK HERE for DURANGO ONLY registration form and information!

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REYNOLDS & REYNOLDS: DMS SYSTEM TRAINING

You spend a small fortune on your Dealer Management System– make sure you are getting the most you can from it!

Presented by Ellie Dilbeck (Ranes), former R&R employee.

DENVER
Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2009
8:00am to Noon
Breakfast included


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

This training will provide training on key areas of the R&R DMS
system that many dealerships overlook, may not fully utilize, or may just benefit from more training
on how to use effectively. Tentative topics to be addressed include*:

  • Custom reports: understanding how to create custom reports utilizing Report Generator/QueryBuilder
  • Custom docs/custom financial statements – how to view in Excel to analyze financials & trending
  • How to combine names and clean up duplicate names in your database to market more effectively
  • How to use/implement the new “We Owe” enhancements (utilizing technology for communication between
    sales and service as to what is “owed” or “due” on the vehicle) streamline this process to improve CSI and prevent cost of sales mistakes
  • Modifying op-codes to auto-map to certain G/L accts (i.e. tracking quick lube dept, detail shop, extended
    warranties, etc.)

CLICK HERE for a registration form and more information!

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

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

FREE WEBINAR:
Be Prepared for EPA's New Emission Standards

Presented by
Chuck Elliott, EHS Engineer

Thursday October 15, 2009

10am- 11am Mountain

Click here for registration and information!

Dealer Rights and Protections Seminar
Know Your Rights! Know Your Obligations!

Presented by William E. Walters, Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass, LLC

Presented in Seven Cities Across Colorado!

Click here for registration and more information!

CLICK HERE for DURANGO ONLY registration form and information!

Designated Risk Management Seminar: The Key To Cutting Insurance Costs is Controlling Losses

By Federated Insurance

November 9-11, 2009

Click here for more information!

Reynolds & Reynolds:Dealer Management System (DMS) Training

Presented by: Ellie Dilbeck (Ranes), former R&R employee

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2009

8:00am to Noon
Breakfast 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 registration and information!

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

Legislator Meeting

Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

 

Thursday, October 15, 2009              

4:00 p.m., Coffee

Jill’s Restaurant (Inside St. Julien Hotel), 900 Walnut Street, Boulder, 8030

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Senator Mark Scheffel

 

Monday, October 19, 2009                

7:30 a.m., Breakfast

Le Peep, 4765 Front Street,
Castle Rock, 80104

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Lois Court

 

Monday, October 19, 2009                

9:30 a.m., Coffee

 

Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble, 960 S. Colorado Blvd, Glendale, 80246

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Daniel Kagan

Monday, October 19, 2009                

12:30 p.m., Lunch

Pete’s University Café, 2345 East Evans Avenue, 80210

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Senate President Brandon Shaffer
*Key Meeting*

Monday, October 19, 2009                

6:00 p.m., Dinner

Baur’s, 1512 Curtis Street, Denver, 80202

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009                

6:00 p.m., Dinner

TBD

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Larry Liston

Tuesday, October 20, 2009           

7:45 a.m., Breakfastr

Omelette Parlor, 900 E. Fillmore Street, Colorado Springs, 80907

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Mike Merrifield

Tuesday, October 20, 2009                

9:00 a.m., Coffee

B&E Filling Station, 25 S. Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, 80133

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Dianne Primavera,
*Key Meeting*

Monday, October 19, 2009                

7:30 a.m., Breakfast

Racines, 650 Sherman Street, Denver, 80203

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

Legislator Meeting

Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll,
*Key Meeting*

Monday, October 19, 2009                

12:00 p.m., Lunch

Capital Grille, 1450 Larimer Street, Denver, 80202

CLICK HERE for a full list of meetings or to register to attend!

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


IVETTE DOMINGUEZ NAMED WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

At a dinner Wednesday, October 7, Ivette Dominguez, owner of Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC, was inducted into the esteemed Women of Distinction program of the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Denver Service Center. Dominguez joined the stage with the 20 honorees for 2009, selected by their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting the Girl Scout organization and serving Girl Scouts today.

CLICK HERE to continue reading.

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

  • GM Board to Help Update Strategy
    The Wall Street Journal, October 9
    General Motors Co. Chief Executive Frederick "Fritz" Henderson said the company's management team will work with the company's new board of directors over the next two months to revise GM's business plan for 2010.
  • GM Still Struggling to Gain Traction
    Business Week, October 7
    A longtime sales executive departs as CEO Fritz Henderson talks about the hurdles to boosting vehicle sales in a tough market
  • Laid-off autoworkers turn to temp agencies -- at much lower pay
    The Detroit News, October 8
    Temporary job agencies employ more former blue-collar auto workers than any other industry, according to a new study to be released this morning.
  • Ford turns to buyers to tout vehicles in new ads
    Detroit Free Press, October 7
    Ford Motor Co. plans to launch a 24-week TV advertising campaign on Monday with 40 commercials featuring actual Ford customers talking about the features of the Ford vehicles that they like.

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