OCTOBER 20, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

2010 Annual Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

Vendor Fee Elimination - Has Been Extended To Special Districts RTD/CD/FD Taxes

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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

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

Denver MDADA Annual Membership Meeting/CADA Regional Meetin

NADA Convention and Exposition

Denver Auto Show

CADA 2010 Annual Golf Tournament


DEALER MILESTONES,
HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

Fisher Auto Becomes Colorado's Newest Kia Dealer!

Share Your Accomplishments

 

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


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Stranded Woman Receives Amazing Gift
KUSA 9 News, October 14

Her trip from Spokane, Wash., to Fort Collins wasn't pleasant to begin with. Nan Swanson was making the 1,038-mile trek to attend a friend's funeral. But her trip got even worse when she noticed a problem with her van.




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.


2010 ANNUAL FUEL ECONOMY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Dealers have a legal responsibility to provide the guide to customers upon request

Unveiling the 2010 Fuel Economy Guide this week, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA are seeking help from dealers to provide their customers with information about fuel economy and the benefits of driving more fuel-efficient vehicles. The guide gives consumers important information about estimated fuel costs and mileage standards for model year 2010 vehicles. The guide is also available to mobile users (fueleconomy.gov/m), and is readily accessible from a mobile device, smart phone, or personal digital assistant. Click here for the EPA/DOE letter detailing the legal responsibility of dealers to make the guide available to customers.

There are a number of options available for dealers to meet these requirements. First, EPA/DOE will electronically distribute the guide to dealers. To meet regulatory obligations to display a booklet and to provide a booklet to customers upon request, dealers can print the guide from either the electronic file which will be emailed or available by download at www.fueleconomy.gov. Second, if access to the Internet is unavailable, dealers may order a printed paper guide. Orders for the guide are currently being accepted and will be mailed, free of charge, by the end of Nov. 2009. Click here to place an online order for the paper guide. Third, printed copies can be requested from DOE’s Information Center by calling 877.337.3463 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT. Click here for the form to order paper copies by mail.

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VENDOR FEE ELIMINATION - HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SPECIAL DISTRICTS RTD/CD/FD TAXES

Effective immediately the Colorado Department of Revenue has determined that under Senate Bill 09-275, the Colorado sales tax Service Fee rate (also known as the Vendor's Fee) must be reduced to zero for the state-collected special districts Regional Transportation District (RTD), Scientific and Cultural District (CD), and Football District (FD).  
Retailers should no longer take the vendor fee for RTD/CD/FD in the special district column on timely filed returns. This also applies to any retailers that may still be collecting Baseball District sales/use tax. 

  • Businesses with multiple locations that file by spreadsheet or on pre-printed forms mailed by the Department must change the special district column to zero. 
  • Pre-printed forms sent to multi-location retailers, seasonal filers, and accounts that report retailer's use tax for the October filing period will show the zero vendor fee rate.
  • Annual filers will receive pre-printed forms showing the zero vendor fee rate for RTD/CD/FD.
  • Single location retailers must change the vendor fee rate on line 8a and put zero on line 8b of the DR 0100, Colorado Sales Tax Return. Single location retailer coupon books sent in January for 2010 will reflect the zero vendor fee rate for RTD, CD, and FD.

The vendor fee rates for other local sales taxes for state-collected cities and counties, county mass transit, county public safety, and local improvement districts are not changed. 
Dealerships need to eliminate the vendor fee for these additional jurisdictions on future filings only

CLICK HERE for the DOR notice on this revision.  

CLICK HERE for the updated DR 1002

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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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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

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


Event Description
Date/Time
Location

Legislator Meeting

Representative Dianne Primavera

*Key Meeting*

Wednesday, October 21, 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*

Wednesday, October 21, 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!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Sue Schafer

Tuesday, October 27, 2009             

6:00 p.m., Dinner

Red Tango, 5807 W. 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, 80212

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

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 30, 2010

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

12:00 Noon – Shotgun Start

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


FISHER AUTO BECOMES COLORADO'S NEWEST KIA DEALER!

Craig Fisher, President of Fisher Auto in Boulder, Colorado couldn’t be more excited about the new partnership with Kia Motors.

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

  • Mich. federal stimulus contracts lag
    Detroit Free Press, October 15
    Despite Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation unemployment rate, federal contracts through the stimulus bill have failed to generate many new jobs and when looked at on a per-capita basis, the contract awards lag most other states, including Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota.
  • Ex-Ford engineer charged with stealing trade secrets
    Detroit Free Press, October 15
    A former product engineer for the Ford Motor Co. has been indicted on allegations that he stole trade secrets from the automaker, federal officials in Detroit announced today.
  • Lexus' HS 250h strikes out
    Detroit Free Press, October 15
    Lexus' ballyhooed HS 250h hybrid fails on almost all fronts, offering worse fuel economy and interior space than other hybrids costing thousands of dollars less.
  • Ford crossover's sales finally take off
    Detroit Free Press, October 15
    When Bryon Mitchell's lease expired on his Hummer H3 SUV, he and his wife decided to buy a Ford Flex crossover because of its ample space and better gas mileage.
  • Chrysler outfits show cars for SEMA in Vegas
    Detroit Free Press, October 15
    Chrysler Group LLC will accessorize four vehicles for display at this year's annual Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

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