October 24, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #43


     - Automotive News at a Glance



     - CADA Legislative Policy Committee

       Meeting to be Held This Thursday

     - Environmental Group Wants to

       Turn Over Control of Colorado

       Emissions to a California Board

     - Reminder: Colorado Emissions


     - Service Director Legal

       Compliance Seminar

     - F&I Resource Center: F&I Associate

       Development and Education


     - Mark Your Calendar:

       Get Away Without Going Away

     - Upcoming Events

     - CADA Regional Member Briefings


     - Longmont Toyota Changing

       Name and Location

     - Daughter of Cuban Immigrants

       Breaks the Mold with Auto


     - Let Us Know About YOUR



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Listed here are several articles pertaining to the auto industry that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation.

  • State Senators share ideas, discuss bills
    Montrose Daily Press, Oct. 20
    Two Colorado senators were in Montrose Saturday to discuss their views on 2008 energy legislation during Delta-Montrose Electrical Association’s Renewable Energy Forum and Expo.

  • Photo illustrating story clouds issue

    Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 20

    Climate change is in the air, but the Rocky Mountain News' local coverage of the topic has room for improvement. Consider the ridiculous photo chosen to illustrate the Oct. 16 story, "Local activists urge stronger CO2 controls."


    The picture showed the brown cloud over Denver in 1996, with the caption "A brown cloud of pollution obscures the Denver skyline in 1996. Though significant improvements have been made since then, activists say problems remain."


  • Chrysler deal in jeopardy: 3 area UAW locals approve deal;

    vocal voters gather at Jefferson North
    The Detroit News, Oct. 21

    DETROIT -- Three Metro Detroit UAW locals representing nearly 3,000 workers this weekend approved the tentative contract between the union and Chrysler LLC, but ratification still is in jeopardy with the rejection of the deal by three large assembly plants.


  • Fuel economy confounds

    Detroit Free Press, Oct. 20

    According to one federal agency, this year's crop of new cars and trucks is the most fuel efficient ever. According to another, the class of 2007 was no better than last year's -- and is not as good as vehicles from the late 1980s.


  • GM tops list of world's automakers through September

    Detroit Free Press, Oct. 20

    General Motors Corp. remained atop the world’s automakers, as it sold 7.06 million vehicles through September, while Toyota Motor Corp. sold 7.05 million.


  • Hybrid cars criticized for being too quiet

    CNN.com, Oct. 16

    BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- Gas-electric hybrid vehicles, the status symbol for the environmentally conscientious, are coming under attack from a constituency that doesn't drive: The blind.


  • Demand for small cars tests auto makers'
    financial ingenuity

    The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22

    After almost 20 years in which major car makers dismissed small, low-cost cars as a low-profit afterthought, such vehicles have suddenly become the next frontier for the global auto industry as rising gasoline prices drive consumer taste around the world toward greater fuel efficiency. Small cars are expected to dominate many auto makers' displays at the Tokyo Motor Show opening Wednesday.

CADA forwards news articles and opinion columns of interest through Open Road
to inform members of current events. These in no way reflect the views, opinions,
and/or positions of CADA or its member dealers. They are sent for informational
and educational purposes only..




The next meeting of the CADA Legislative Policy Committee is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 a.m. THIS Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 in Denver at the William D. Barrow Building (CADA headquarters), 290 East Speer Blvd. With the 2008 legislative session set to open in a couple of months, this is an opportunity for dealers to participate and offer their insight on issues of importance. The topics up for discussion include:

  • Emission and CAFE standards proposals

  • Tightening Colorado’s franchise act

  • Manufacturers selling retail

  • Sunday sales

  • Lender five-day release of title

  • Temporary registration processes

  • Off-site sales permits

  • Advertising regulations

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to  rsvp@cadaonline.org or call 303.831.1722.


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Environmental group wants to turn over control
of colorado emissions to a california board


Environment Colorado, an extreme-left enviro-group, plans to announce a radical proposal that would cede control over emissions requirements on vehicles sold in Colorado to whatever limits are defined by a regulatory board based in Sacramento: the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Never before have legislators in the state of Colorado abdicated their leadership role and turned over the responsibility entrusted to them to a regulatory board of another state--especially California. 


The CARB has no ties to Colorado and has little direct accountability to the citizens of California, let alone to the citizens of Colorado. Yet, if our elected state legislators follow the wishes of Environment Colorado to enact legislation linking Colorado standards to those in California, CARB will be the entity in charge of setting emissions standards in Colorado.  Our elected leaders would no longer be setting policy on these important issues and could shirk responsibility on crucial decisions that can directly affect consumers and voters in Colorado. Environment Colorado would rather have governance of vehicle emissions ceded to an out-of-state regulatory board with no responsibility or accountability here. It can also be presumed that standards set by the CARB board will be  based on what is best suited to California’s climate and conditions (think of the smog-filled reputation of one extremely large city in the southern part of that state), rather than that of Colorado.


CLICK HERE for the Top 10 (plus one extra) reasons that Environment Colorado’s package should be sent packing….to California!






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 obligations of
dealers 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


CLICK HERE for more information from the Jan. 31 issue of the Open Road



If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topics, 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.e.


Service director legal compliance seminar


Four legal compliance seminars will be held in November for service directors across the state (see the CALENDAR below for specific dates and locations). The following three timely and valuable topics related to service department best practices and legal compliance will be covered, as well as much more information:

  • Part I : Workers Compensation – Compliance and Best Practices

    Best practices to ensure you reduce your workers compensation

        premiums and costs

    How accidents directly affect profitability


  • Part II :  KPA – Safety & Environmental Compliance Update

    On the surface, you may think you are covered…but are you leaving                         your dealership exposed?

    Dealership fined $37,700 for not having  

        proper A/C certification documentation

    Dealership fined $50,000 for not having DOT


  • Part III : Attorney Michael Dommermuth of McGloin, Davenport, Severson

        and Snow – Service and Repair Law

    Colorado Motor Vehicle Repair Act – Review of 

        often overlooked provisions  

        covering service and repair law.

    Legal provisions and disclosures -

        Including: disclaimers, payment

        terms, lien rights, damage clauses,


CLICK HERE for more information and to download a registration form.


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F&i RESOURCE CENTER: F&I ASSOCIATE Development and Education


At this training session, strategies and techniques will be introduced that are necessary to stay at the controls of the F&I process and address the hot topics in regards to compliance issues and how to grow profit and penetration. Jan Kelly, president and principal consultant of Kelly Enterprises Inc., will utilize her 25+ years of industry experience to train these important areas.


Associate Development and Training
by Jan Kelly of Kelly Enterprises Inc.


Nov. 13-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days

William D. Barrow Building (CADA headquarters),
290 E. Speer Blvd, Denver 80203


DAY 1           

Package presentation by the book / closing with a Menu

Rules of negotiation – making everyone a winner

Turning Products – VSC, GAP, CL and A&H objections into options

Cash to finance / leasing opportunities


DAY 2            

Deal Documentation / Installment Contracts

Regulation B / Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)

Regulation M & Regulation Z / Truth in Lending

Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) / Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLB)

Safeguard Rules


REGISTRATION: CLICK HERE to download the flyer and registration form. Contact Chad Julius at  chad.julius@cadaonline.org or 303.319.8039 for more information on this CADA member-only training. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 7! Don’t delay…call today and reserve your spot!


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Service Director Legal Compliance Seminar
by Wells Fargo Insur. Services, KPA, & Attorney Mike Dommermuth


Wednesday, Nov. 7
8 - 11 a.m.

breakfast included

William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Phone: 303.831.1722
CLICK HERE to download a registration form.
Service Director Legal Compliance Seminar
by Wells Fargo Insur. Services, KPA, & Attorney Mike Dommermuth
Colorado Springs Wednesday, Nov. 7 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

lunch included


Antlers Hilton, Learning Center Training Room

4 South Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs,  80903

Phone:  719.955.5600

CLICK HERE for more information. Colorado Springs Auto Dealer Association members should register with Anne Winslow at CSADA: 

call 719.473.1465 or e-mail abwinslow@comcast.net.

Associate Training and Education
by Jan Kelly of Kelly Enterprises Inc.
Denver Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Wednesday, Nov. 14
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer) CLICK HERE for more information or contact Chad Julius for registration information at 303.319.8039 or chad.julius@cadaonline.org
Service Director Legal Compliance Seminar
by Wells Fargo Insur. Services, KPA, & Attorney Mike Dommermuth
Glenwood Springs Friday, Nov. 16
8 - 11 a.m.

breakfast included

Hotel Colorado

526 Pine Street

Glenwood Springs, 81601

Phone:  800.544.3998

CLICK HERE to download a registration form.

Service Director Legal Compliance Seminar
by Wells Fargo Insur. Services, KPA, & Attorney Mike Dommermuth
Montrose Friday, Nov. 16
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

lunch included

Holiday Inn Express-Montrose

1391 S. Townsend Ave.

Montrose, CO  81401

Phone:  970.240.1800

CLICK HERE to download a registration form.




Supporting CADA is your ticket to an exciting weekend at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Nov. 10-11. Please plan to be a part of this special event so CADA can continue to successfully make the impact our industry needs. This is a great way to treat yourself to fall  activities and venues only Colorado has to offer. Tickets include:

  • Room at the Broadmoor

  • Valet parking

  • Activity of your choice, including golf, spa treatments, high tea, hiking/biking the in Cheyenne Mountain, horseback riding

  • Private dinner a the new Summit Restaurant

  • Private cocktail and dessert reception

  • Breakfast in bed (or in the hotel restaurant)

CLICK HERE for more details or CLICK HERE to register online.



Event Description Date/Time Location
CADA Legislative Policy Committee – Planning Session for 2008 Legislative Agenda


Thursday, Oct. 25
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Get Away Without Going Away  2007

Nov. 10-11

The Broadmoor Hotel
Colorado Springs
CLICK HERE for more details or CLICK HERE to register online.
CPEx Quest for Excellence VI Nov. 15-16 CLICK HERE for information on the upcoming workshop to learn how to apply for the Malcolm Baldridge Award.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

lunch included

Cherry Hills Country Club
4125 S. University Blvd.
Cherry Hills Village, 80113 Attendees can register through
CADA via phone, fax or e-mail.
P: 303.831.1722
F: 303.831.9100
E-mail: rsvp@cadaonline.org
NADA 91st Annual Convention & Expo Feb.9-12, 2008 Moscone Center,
San Francisco, CA
Denver International
Auto Show
March 26-30, 2008 Colorado Convention Center, Denver
CADA Golf Event

Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123



After 33 years of business, Longmont Toyota is changing its name

and location Oct. 29. They will soon be called Stapp Interstate

Toyotoa-Scion and be located at 8019 Raspberry way in Frederick,

Colo. Their ownership and service standards will remain the same--
a group that is a 13
-time recipient of the Toyota President's Award.


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Little did Ivette Dominguez know in 1990 that when she took her car in for service to a Southern California dealer, it would lead to a lifetime passion for cars and ownership of Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC, a $40 million dealership in Denver.


"I had just graduated from San Diego State University, and they had a sign posted that said they were looking for people," recalls Dominguez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in 1961. "My father was skeptical about me taking a job in a traditionally male industry, and I knew it was a risk. But when my parents came from Cuba, they had taken a risk for a better life and for freedom, so you could say it was in my blood to take a risk."


CLICK HERE to read the entire article from the Colorado Business magazine.


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