OCTOBER 27, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

Reminder: Colorado Emissions Requirements

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

After Serving on the Summer Interim Committee on Pinnacol Assurance, Senator Shawn Mitchell (R-Broomfield) Weighs In On the State's Insurer of Last Resort

Be A Part of CADA's Grassroots Efforts!

Please Save the Date For These Future Fundraisers at CADA!

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming Seminars

SP2 Certification Webinar

Reducing Risk of Lawsuits from Terminations and RIFS

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

Share Your Accomplishments

 

THE AFTERFACT

All the News That's Fit to Email!


ARCHIVES

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& Legal Articles
from the Open
Road e-newsletter.

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Outlook
archives.

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Outlook
archives.


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for various CADA seminars & events.


MEMBERSHIP RESOURCES

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Speaker and Educational
Resources
.

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Endorsed Vendors/Programs
.

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Allied Members
.

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CADA forms
.

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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.

  • Colorado Offering $42,000 Tax Break to Tesla Buyers
    Fox News, October 22

    The largest foreign automakers asked California to drop its proposal to require cars sold in the Golden State, staring in the 2012 model year, to limit the amount of solar energy entering vehicles. Late Monday, the state said it had no plans to do so.
  • Fun could be the key to selling plug-in hybrid autos
    USA Today, October 21
    At a three-day conference on the future of plug-in hybrids, one lingering question kept coming up: Who's going to buy these things? The answer, according to outsiders and industry leaders here: no one, if they're not fun to drive. Fun to play with. And fun to look at.
  • Europe's politics hold up GM's Opel sale
    The Detroit News, October 20
    The Germans aren't the only ones hoping to hurdle European Union objections to General Motors Co.'s plans to sell a majority stake in its Adam Opel GmbH unit.
  • Auto X Prize cuts green-car contest pool in half
    The Detroit News, October 19
    The organizer of a $10 million contest to develop next-generation green vehicles said Monday it narrowed down its list of competitors by half, with qualifying teams ranging from Indian car giant Tata Motors to a team of Cornell University engineering students.
  • Toyota unveils new hybrid-only model
    The Detroit News, October 20

    Toyota is coming out with a more expensive and bigger hybrid-only model than its popular Prius -- the Sai.
  • Ford testers try to balance in-car safety, technology
    The Detroit News, October 20
    In a laboratory beneath Ford Motor Co.'s Product Development Center, a team of scientists and technicians is using driving simulators to study how motorists interact with new, onboard technology and ensure that systems like Sync do not become too distracting.
  • Automakers association protests California 'cool cars' proposal
    The Detroit News, October 20
    An association representing the biggest foreign automakers wants California to drop its "cool cars" proposal to require vehicles sold there, starting in the 2012 model year, to limit solar energy entering vehicles.
  • Gen. Clark: Electric vehicles more important than ever
    The Detroit News, October 20
    The nation must muster the same economic might that brought about the explosion in personal computing, the Internet and cellular phones, and apply it to electric vehicle technology to help wean the U.S. from its dependence on foreign oil, Gen. Wesley Clark said this afternoon at "The Business of Plugging In" conference.
  • Nissan announces car battery recycling venture
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    Nissan Motor Co. says it will set up a joint venture with a Japanese trading house for recycling of electric car batteries.
  • USA Today, Open Road
  • …more news articles are included at the end of this issue.


REMINDER: COLORADO EMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS!
Reprinted from August 6, 2008 Open Road

As a reminder, Colorado dealerships are required to provide either a passing emissions test OR a voucher to consumers who reside in the enhanced emissions areas. These areas include the following counties:

  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Adams (parts)
  • Arapahoe (parts)

While Larimer, Weld, and El Paso counties were removed from prior gas-powered emissions testing requirements on Jan.1, 2007, this did not change obligation of dealers located in those counties regarding sales to consumers who still reside in the covered areas. If this statutory requirement is not met, a consumer can require a dealer to unwind the deal. 

Related articles can be found in the following issues of Open Road (see the Regulatory & Legal Updates section)

  • Oct. 24, 2007        REMINDER: COLORADO EMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS - - BASED ON WHERE CONSUMER RESIDES
  • May 7, 2008 Four-Year Emission Exempt Stickers -Reminder of Requirement

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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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AFTER SERVING ON THE SUMMER INTERIM COMMITTEE ON PINNACOL ASSURANCE, SENATOR SHAWN MITCHELL (R-BROOMFIELD) WEIGHS IN ON THE STATE'S INSURER OF LAST RESORT

Even while Coloradans root for the state’s economy to get back on its feet, some lawmakers just can’t control their hostility to business. They’re limbering up to throw punches at struggling employers. Whether they succeed depends on how effectively employers and others engage during the Legislature’s 2010 session.

A case in point is the interim committee that took aim this summer at Pinnacol Assurance, the state’s largest workers compensation carrier. The committee’s recommendations combine economic malpractice and unnecessary sausage-making at their worst.

CLICK HERE to keep reading.

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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.)

Tuesday, November 10th, Rep. Max Tyler (D-Golden) (5:30 - 7:00)

Tuesday, November 17th, Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) (5:30 -
7:00)

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; RECOGNIZE 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 12:00pm (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

SP2 Certification Webinar
Safety and Pollution Prevention

By Peter Zaidel, KPA

Thursday, October 29,
and
Tuesday, November 3

9am Pacific

Click here for registration and information!

Reducing Risk of Lawsuits from Terminations and RIFS

FREE Webinar

By Compli, CADA Allied Member

November 4, 2009

10:00 AM-11:00 AM Mountain

Click here for registration and information!

Dealer Rights and Protections Seminar
Know Your Rights; Recognize 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 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!

Legislator Meeting

Representative Carole Murray

Wednesday, October 28, 2009   

11:30 a.m., Lunch

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, Denver, 80218

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

Legislator Meeting

Representative Mike May

**KEY MEETING**

Wednesday, October 28, 2009   

6:00 p.m., Dinner

Trappers Chophouse (inside Holiday Inn), 19308 East Cottonwood Drive, Parker, 80138

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

Legislator Meeting

Representative Sara Gagliardi

Friday, October 30, 2009             

12:00 p.m., Lunch

Panera Bread, 7739 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, 80003

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


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

  • Fiat set to report profit
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    Fiat SpA, the Italian industrial holding company, is expected to report an operating profit Wednesday for the third quarter as its three core car brands have increased sales in a weak European market and offset declining sales from its truck and heavy equipment businesses.
  • Conference on plug-in vehicles is a big draw
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    Until a few weeks ago, registrations for "The Business of Plugging In 2009" hovered at about 200 -- a bad sign for a conference that sponsors hoped would become a high-profile annual event.
  • Heavy-duty Dodge Ram a crucial Chrysler launch
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    Launching its first and only all-new product for the 2010 model year, Chrysler Group LLC has begun shipping its redesigned 2010 Dodge Ram heavy-duty pickup line, the largest and most profitable vehicles in the company’s lineup.
  • Clark: Electric cars a national security issue
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    During a speech today in Detroit, retired U.S. Army General and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark cast the effort to develop electric vehicles as a critical national security need that is essential to help the United States reduce its dependence on foreign oil.
  • Ford could report 3rd-quarter profit
    Detroit Free Press, October 20
    Ford Motor Co. could report a surprise third-quarter profit when it reveals its earnings next week, as well as an operating profit in its long-struggling North American division, JP Morgan analysts said Monday during a presentation to investors.

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