NOVEMBER 17, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE

DEALER NEWS & INFORMATION

Automotive News at a Glance

 

REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES

State Statute on Window Tinting

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

CADA Grassroots Meetings In Progress

Join Us For a Fundraising Lunch in Honor of Sen. Joyce Foster (D-Denver)

Be A Part of CADA's Grassroots Efforts!

Please Save the Date For These Future Fundraisers at CADA!

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming Seminars

Dealer and Controller Seminar: IRS/Federal Tax Issues


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events

Colorado Legislator Meetings

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
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Outlook
archives.

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Outlook
archives.


ONLINE REGISTRATION

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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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.

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www.nada.org

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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.

  • Ford Fusion has record year
    The Detroit News, November 12
    Sales of the Ford Fusion have topped 151,000 units this year, making it the best-selling car from a domestic manufacturer.
  • 2010 Man of the Year: Alan Mulally, CEO Ford Motor Company
    Automobile Magazine, November 11

    Mulally, a Kansas native who eschews tailored suits for khakis and blue blazers, has also brought what he calls a "laser focus" to the Ford brand.
  • GM reports $1.2B 3Q loss, says it shows progress
    The Washington Post, November 16
    Automaker to start repaying debt to U.S. government next month
  • GM's California dreams are riding on Regal
    The Detroit News, November 12
    Buick will take its midsize premium car fight to California with its all-new sedan, the 2011 Buick Regal.
  • 2010 Camaro SEMA show's car of the year
    The Detroit News, November 12

    The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was the car of the year at the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, where vehicle customizers and automotive aftermarket parts and accessories companies tricked out at least 50 versions of GM's modern muscle car to showcase their ideas and products.
  • Detroit auto show to feature electric cars
    Detroit Free Press, November 12
    During this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, car lovers can expect a new attraction to showcase the industry’s electric cars.
  • BMW 750Li enjoyable, no longer top of class
    Detroit Free Press, November 12
    The ergonomics department at BMW headquarters in Munich could turn fastening a Velcro strip into a four-step process with footnotes, but nobody builds a more elegant and enjoyable car than their colleagues in engineering and design.
  • Ford UAW local voting today for ability to strike
    Detroit Free Press, November 12
    Ford UAW workers at the company’s plant in Claycomo, Mo., began voting early today to decide whether to authorize a strike over workload and production issues and an increased rate of disciplinary actions.
  • USA Today, Open Road
  • …more news articles are included at the end of this issue.


STATE STATUTE ON WINDOW TINTING

Dealers are reminded of the following statute on the books in Colorado that covers window tinting.  It has come to our attention recently that at least one locality has been actively issuing tickets to drivers of cars that do not meet these requirements.  Dealerships that accept cars on trade-in and then re-sell them are reminded of these restrictions as other provisions require all cars sold in Colorado to meet these restrictions.  The key excerpt is below:

. . .any window, except the windshield, is composed of, covered by, or treated with any material or component which presents an opaque, nontransparent, or metallic or mirrored appearance in such a way that it allows less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance. The windshield shall allow seventy percent light transmittance. The provisions of this paragraph (a) shall not apply to the windows to the rear of the driver, including the rear window, on any motor vehicle; however, if such windows allow less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance, then the front side windows and the windshield on such vehicles shall allow seventy percent light transmittance. C.R.S. 42-4-227

CLICK HERE to review the full provision regarding all window / windshield requirements.

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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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CADA GRASSROOTS MEETINGS IN PROGRESS


Ed Tynan, Melissa Kuipers, Republican Candidate for Colorado Governor Scott McInnis, and Tim Jackson


Ed Tynan, Rep. BJ Nikkel, Tim Jackson, Melissa Kuipers

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JOIN US FOR A FUNDRAISING LUNCH IN HONOR OF SEN. JOYCE FOSTER (D-DENVER)

Sen. Foster currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee and also serves on the powerful Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee

Thursday, November 19th
12:00 Lunch
Tavern Lowry
7401 E. 1st Avenue
Denver, 80230

CLICK HERE for details.

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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!

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

Wednesday, December 8th, Rep. Joe Rice (D-Littleton) (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 10th, Scott McGinnis, running for Governor

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Questions or Comments?  Please contact:


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DEALER AND CONTROLLER SEMINAR: IRS/FEDERAL TAX ISSUES
Presented by Stephen P. Bedell, Crowe Horwath LLP

A number of IRS federal tax issues pose potential risks to dealers:

􀂃 LIFO inventory method
􀂃 Section 263A/UNICAP for dealerships
􀂃 Dealership service loaners
􀂃 Franchise and line-make terminations
􀂃 Other topics for discussion
􀂃 If you have other topics you would like addressed, contact: tammi.mccoy@coloradodealers.org

DENVER
Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 2009
8:00am to 10:00am
Breakfast included


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


CLICK HERE for details and registration info.

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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 and Controller Seminar:
IRS/Federal Tax Issues

By Stephen P. Bedell, Crowe Horwath LLP

Tuesday, Dec. 8th

8:00am to 10:00am
Breakfast included

Click here to register online!

Click here for more 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

*Fundraiser*

Representative Joyce Foster

Thursday, November 19, 2009

12:00 p.m., Lunch

Tavern Lowry, 7401 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, 80230

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

  • Fresh approach excites UAW; dealers cautious
    The Detroit News, November 5
    Throughout Metro Detroit and across the nation, workers, politicians and dealers waited and watched Wednesday as Chrysler made its pitch to turn the company around with new products and a fresh approach to manufacturing and marketing.
  • 'Clunker' data show pickup-for-pickup trades
    The Detroit News, November 5
    Billed as a way for the government to put more fuel-efficient vehicles on highways, the popular $3 billion "cash for clunkers" program mostly involved swaps of old Ford or Chevrolet pickups for new ones that got only marginally better gas mileage, according to an analysis of new federal data by The Associated Press.
  • Ford to put air bags into back seat belts
    The Detroit News, November 5
    Air bags have long been mounted in the steering wheel, dashboard and sides of vehicles. Now, they're in the seat belts.
  • GM: Some temporary layoffs could become permanent
    The Detroit News, November 5
    General Motors Co. still has too many hourly workers and could slash some of the 6,000 to 7,000 workers currently on layoff.
  • GM's Henderson: No more plans for buyouts
    Detroit Free Press, November 5
    General Motors isn’t planning on another big round of buyouts to meet 2009 U.S. hourly headcount reduction goals, CEO Fritz Henderson indicated today.
  • Marchionne unveils grand ambitions
    Detroit Free Press, November 5
    Sergio Marchionne, the would-be savior of Chrysler Group, emerged from a five-month corporate blackout Wednesday with a wildly ambitious plan to double car sales and pay off all of Chrysler's loans to the U.S. and Canadian governments by 2014.
  • Toyota returns to profit as stimulus boosts sales
    Detroit Free Press, November 5
    Toyota Motor Corp. said today it returned to a profit in the latest quarter and trimmed its projected red ink for the year, underlining the gradual recovery under way for Japan's giant automakers.
  • Chrysler must get buyers to hang on
    Detroit Free Press, November 5
    After eight hours of presentations Wednesday about Chrysler's future, the biggest question remained unanswered: How does the automaker get from here to there?

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