April 4, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #14

  DEALER NEWS
     - Automotive Career Month
     - Insurance Services

 
  LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORTS
     - No Favors to Business Community

  REGULATORY UPDATES
    - Tire Placarding Reminder:
       Re-Placarding may be Necessary        Prior to First Sale
    - 
EPA Mandates New Mileage
       Stickers, Revised Fuel Economy  
       Test

  UPCOMING SEMINARS
     - Creating a Super Controller
     - Other Seminars

 
  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
     - 
Upcoming Events

  DEALER MILESTONES,
     HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

     - Auto Show Review


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AUTOMOTIVE CAREER MONTH IS HERE!

Automotive Career Month is underway, and with it comes a prime opportunity for you and your members to showcase the qualities of working at America’s franchised dealerships. At the same time, you will be enhancing the image of your business. But, this takes care of only one month of the year. How can you continue promote dealership careers the other 11-months?

Automotive Retailing Today invites you and your members to link your websites to www.autocareerstoday.net where dealership career information is available everyday. With approximately 105,000 career jobs wanting at America’s dealerships, this site has valuable information readily available 24-7, 365 days a year.

 

Autocareerstoday.net showcases the 40+ jobs available at dealerships, spells out career path opportunities, and answers the questions and concerns of students, parents, veterans and career changers. It also directs people to find training and other resources they need to pursue an automotive career.

 

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CADA / WELLS FARGO INSURANCE SERVICES

As a CADA member, you are eligible for Wells Fargo’s Workers Compensation Program (formerly Acordia). Established in 1982, this program has paid more than $1million in dividends to members in the past 5 years. There are no downside risks, and members can maintain their own individual policies and experience modifications. This plan also offers the ability to share safety ideas with similar businesses, increased safety awareness, and safety education such as safety training and program development resources. Other benefits to CADA members include:

  • Up-front Premium Savings

  • Possible 4% Group Credit

  • 2 1/2% Designated Medical Provider Credit

  • Ability to Receive Certification from the Colorado Department of Labor
    (5% Premium Reduction)

  • Subject to Annual Dividend Plan

  • No Assessments

For more information, please contact:


no favors to business community

 

A disturbing trend has emerged two thirds of the way into the 2007 legislative session. Despite the “Colorado Promise,” hailed as a pro-business platform to solidify and expand Colorado as a national and international business mecca, it seems as though businesses of all sizes have been targeted.

 

A pattern of bills challenging well established business law have been proposed or passed with little dissention among the Democratic majority. 

 

  CLICK HERE to read this informative article by CAR lobbyist Jeremy Cottrell. 
 


TIRE PLACARDING REMINDER: RE-PLACARDING MAY BE NECESSARY PRIOR TO
FIRST SALE

FMVSS No. 110 imposes a re-placarding burden on dealerships adding equipment to light-duty vehicles prior to first sale by making them responsible for the accuracy of the tire placards. Specifically, dealerships must install new placards whenever added equipment reduces a vehicle’s capacity weight (i.e., ability to carry cargo) or when replacement tires are installed that differ in size or inflation pressure from those referred to on the original tire placard. This rule has been in effect since Sept. 1, 2005.

 

When changing tires on vehicles prior to first sale, dealers must replace the tire placard or add a supplemental label if the tire size or pressure changes. When adding weight prior to first sale, dealers need to re-placard if the total weight increases, thus lowering the vehicle’s stated capacity weight rating.

 

Last April, NHTSA issued an opinion letter clarifying that dealerships need not re-placard used vehicles when making modifications after sale or when installing replacement tires on them.  CLICK HERE to view the April, 2006 letter. 

 

In January, NHTSA issued a second letter addressing several practical compliance issues.  CLICK HERE to view the January, 2007 letter.  

 

A final rule is expected to issue next month responding to NADA’s request for a safe harbor applicable to making minor changes to vehicles prior to first sale without triggering the re-placarding mandate. Specifically, NADA has requested a safe harbor of 220 lbs. or 3% of GVWR, whichever is greater (max. 300 lbs for a 10,000 lb. GVWR vehicle). Several other issues are also expected to be addressed in the final rule.

 

CLICK HERE for more information from the NHTSA Website.  

 

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EPA MANDATES NEW MILEAGE STICKERS, REVISED FUEL-ECONOMY TEST

Beginning with model year 2008 vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating the use of a newly designed fuel-economy label, typically found on the Monroney sticker for light-duty vehicles. NADA generally supports this new label, as it should prove more useful to prospective purchasers making fuel-economy comparisons between vehicles. Automakers will begin transitioning to the new label in 2007.

 

EPA's new fuel-economy test better reflects factors such as quick starts, high speeds, air conditioning use and cold-temperature driving. Though the new label will show fuel-economy numbers that better approximate in-use driving conditions, consumers should continue to recognize that their actual mileage will vary depending on how they drive and maintain their vehicles. And since no two drivers drive the same or in the same conditions, everyone's actual mileage will continue to vary. Dealers are encouraged to send customers to www.MileageWillVary.com, where they can learn more about the new label and become more familiar with factors affecting their MPG.

 

Dealership sales representatives should familiarize themselves with the new labels and with any manufacturer-specific communications on the topic. Since the fuel-economy numbers are expected to change based on EPA's new test, dealership sales staff should be prepared to caution customers against comparing model year 2007 with 2008 vehicles.  For more information on the new label, also visit www.fueleconomy.gov.

Source: NADA Newswire

 

CLICK HERE to view a one-page fact sheet regarding the new labels.

 

If you have additional questions on any legal or regulatory topics, please contact either Tammi McCoy or Tim Jackson:


secrets to creating a super controller

Are you providing your dealer and managers with the reports they really need to make more money? Do you know what reports are crucial to monitoring your dealership and increasing profits?  In this dynamic half-day seminar, noted speaker, former power controller and consultant Sandi Jerome will give you the essential tools and information you need to answer these questions with a resounding yes!

 

Become a super controller and drive your dealership’s bottom line!

 

This is a must-attend event for general managers, office managers and CFOs who need to move from everyday “bean counting” methods to mastering power controller techniques that increase efficiencies, save time and drive profits.

 

In today’s competitive market, it’s critical that dealers have a “super controller” who’s focused on two things: maximizing profits and helping others streamline their processes. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn essential power controller secrets from Sandi Jerome, a sought-after speaker, former power controller, consultant and recognized expert in dealership internal controls.

 

Due to space constraints, this seminar

 is limited to the first 48 registrants.

Sign up today!

 

City

Date / Time*

Location

Denver

Thursday, July 26

8 to 11am

William D. Barrow Building
(CADA / MDADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer, Denver,
SW Corner of Grant & Speer

 

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail
        your registration.
        CLICK HERE to register online.

 

Grand
Junction

Friday, July 27

8 to 11am

Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive 970.241.8888

 

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail
        your registration.
        CLICK HERE to register online.

 

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OTHER TRAINING seminars

Topic

City

Date / Time*

Location

Designated Risk
Management Seminar

   - Industry Loss
     Analysis

 

Denver

Tuesday, April 10
8 am to 4 pm

 

William D. Barrow Building

(CADA / MDADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer, Denver,
SW Corner of Grant & Speer
 

Unclaimed Property Compliance Seminar
 

 

Grand Junction

Thursday, April 19
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

this location

 

Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.
Phone: 970.254.7100

CLICK HERE to register  online for this location.
 

Privacy, Safeguards and Compliance
Hot Topics

By Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
 

Glenwood
Springs

Thursday, April 26
11am to 2 pm

 

Hotel Colorado, Roosevelt Room, 526 Pine Street, Glenwood Springs, 800.544.3998

CLICK HERE to register  online for this location.
 

Privacy, Safeguards and Compliance
Hot Topics

By Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
 

Denver

Friday, April 27
7:30 to 10:30 am
William D. Barrow Building

(CADA / MDADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer, Denver,
SW Corner of Grant & Speer

CLICK HERE to register  online for this location.
 

Privacy, Safeguards and Compliance
Hot Topics

By Rob Cohen, Auto Advisory Services
 

Loveland

Friday, April 27
noon to 3 pm

 

Johnson's Corner
2842 SE Frontage Rd.
Loveland, 970.667.2069
(I-25 Exit 254)

CLICK HERE to register  online for this location.
 

Secrets to becoming a Power Controller

By Sandi Jerome

Denver

Thursday, July 26
8  to 11 am

 

William D. Barrow Building

(CADA / MDADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer, Denver,
SW Corner of Grant & Speer

CLICK HERE to register for this location.
 

Secrets to becoming a Power Controller

By Sandi Jerome
 

Grand
Junction

Friday, July 27
8 to 11 am

 

DoubleTree Hotel
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction
Phone: 970.241.8888

CLICK HERE to register for this location.
 

 


upcoming events

 

Event Description

Date / Time

Location

CADA Annual Golf Event

Monday, August 27

Noon shotgun start

Valley Country Club

14601 Country Club Dr., Aurora

Regional Member Briefings

 

Fall 2007
Dates to be determined

Location to be determined

MDADA Annual
Membership Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27

11 am to 2 pm

Cherry Creek Country Club

(more details to follow soon)

 


DENVER INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW REVIEW

 

The annual Denver International Auto Show was held last week—Wednesday through Sunday, March 28 through April 1—and was one of the top five in attendance among the modern Denver shows.

 

The show expanded two years ago into the newly opened space at the Colorado Convention Center, which enabled the addition of aftermarket products and accessories.

 

Several local dealers have grown into the space to show off their SEMA-type

aftermarket and specialty equipment wares. These include:

  • O'Meara Ford's Custom Car Center

  • Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo

  • Mike Shaw Automotive's Toy Store

  • Medved's Bear Mountain Accessories

Sill-TerHar Motors expanded its space this year in the new car area to show—more Aston Martins and their new Rolls Royce line.

 

Many of the factory representatives commented that Denver's show is their favorite as the space is the cleanest and the crowds are the largest compared to many shows in the medium city markets.

 


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