December 27, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #52

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Denver Auto Outlook: November

     - Automotive News at a Glance


     - What We Can Expect in 2008

       From the State House

     - EPA Denies California Waiver


     - Reminder: Online Salesperson

       Licensing Available

     - Colorado Annual Dealers Legal

       Counsel Lunch &  Issues Briefing

     - Year-End Accounting/Controller



     - Employment Law Seminar

     - Colorado Annual Dealers Legal

       Counsel Lunch &  Issues Briefing


     - Upcoming Events


      - Let Us Know About YOUR



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Denver Auto OutlooK: NOvember


The Denver Auto Outlook is filled with valuable, objective information on the metro area's
new retail automotive market that can't be found anywhere else. The Denver Auto Outlook tracks registrations monthly in the seven-county Denver metro area. This newsletter is
mailed to CADA members, or you can CLICK HERE to download a copy.


Denver metro area registrations for November 2007 increased slightly at a rate of 6.1 percent compared to November 2006. During the same period, nationwide registrations showed only a small decrease of 1.6 percent.


Light truck registrations were up by 12.4 percent for the month of November, while new passenger car registrations were off a slight amount, 2.0 percent.


Turning to the two month period of October and November, there was a decrease in registrations of 3.4 percent. Car registrations for the two month period decreased at 16.5 percent, while light truck registrations increased at 6.8 percent. Nationwide vehicle registrations showed only a slight decrease of 0.2 percent.


Year-to-date Denver metro area registrations show a decrease of 6.0 percent. Car registrations continue to decrease dramatically at 16.3 percent while light truck sales continue to improve with an increase of 3.1 percent. Nationwide registrations show a slight decrease of 2.4 percent with car registrations decreasing 3.1 percent and light trucks at 1.7 percent.


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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.

  • GM to sell medium-duty truck business to Navistar
    Move is seen as part of automaker's strategy to focus on cars and light trucks, stockpile cash.

    The Detroit News, Dec. 21

    General Motors Corp., on a mission to raise money to fund its fledgling turnaround, announced plans Thursday to sell its Flint-based medium-duty truck business to an Illinois truck maker.


  • Law likely to shift car-buying habits
    Rocky Mountain News, Dec. 20
    Tougher fuel economy standards phased in over the next 13 years likely will force changes in the car-buying habits of Coloradans, local auto dealers said 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.





What we can expect in 2008 from the state house


Colorado auto dealers have been the target of several prospective legislative proposals that will intertwine among the healthcare, transportation and environment issues which will likely assume a good portion of the legislative agenda at the state capitol this year.


CLICK HERE to read more about expectations for the 2008 legislature.


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EPA Denies California Waiver


Administrator Johnson held a press conference to announce EPA would deny California’s request for a waiver. His principal policy justification was the signing of the Energy Bill, HR 6, into law  – “a national approach to a national problem,” in his words. Johnson said he believed it was a better approach than a partial state-by-state approach. On the legal side, he noted GHGs are global in nature unlike localized air pollutants. Johnson has already informed Schwarzenegger that CA doesn’t meet “compelling and extraordinary conditions” criteria in section 209 for waiver. 


In talking with reporters he added that the EPA is reviewing legislation to determine next steps on regulation and stressed that a unified 35 mpg standards more effective than partial state-by-state approach – better for economy, energy security and the environment. In addition, Johnson stated that a partial waiver was considered, but legislation was a better approach. The only real ways to reduce carbon on vehicle side are fuel economy and alt fuels and HR 6 includes both. The energy bill implements what EPA was preparing to do from a regulatory standpoint.


CLICK HERE to see the letter written to California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger that denies the request for a waiver.




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Reminder: Online Salesperson Licensing Available


At the most recent Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB), the Auto Industry Division (AID) staff reported that only a very small number of dealerships have registered for the state’s online salesperson licensing application. We strongly encourage more dealerships to take advantage of this online system. This service will enable your dealership to apply for new salesperson licenses online—and receive a temporary license number and letter immediately. You will also be able to receive notification of upcoming renewals and the ability to add or remove a salesperson.


In order to utilize the service, dealerships must first register with at the following: You will need to complete the overall Registration Agreement and also the Service Specific Addendum for Auto Industry Sales Licenses. There is a $75 annual fee to be a registered user of all online services.


CLICK HERE  to view the full overview of this application, from the Feb. 14, 2007 issue of Open Road.


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Colorado Annual Dealers Legal Counsel Lunch and Issues Briefing


Please join us for the annual legal, regulatory and legislative briefing on issues of importance to attorneys representing Colorado automobile Dealers. We have coordinated this year’s Dealers Legal Counsel Briefing session to coincide with Doug Greenhaus of NADA being in Colorado on Thursday, Jan. 3. Please forward the information to your defense counsels or others in your dealership who may be interested. 


To attend the event, please return the attached form, simply RSVP by responding to this email, or contact us with any questions.


TIME:                    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


LOCATION:         William D. Barrow Building (CADA Offices)

                              290 East Speer Blvd

                              Denver, Colorado  80203


RSVP:         or return the flyer from below


CLICK HERE for flyer/registration form.

CLICK HERE for the planned agenda.


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Year-End Accounting/Controller Checklist


CLICK HERE  to review a year-end check-list for dealerships developed by a CPA firm in Illinois. 


If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topics, please contact:

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.

top Denver EMPLOYMENT attorney, Todd Fredrickson,
Shares Knowledge throughout The state

Top Ten Blunders Employers Make in Hiring and Firing


CLICK HERE for flyer/registration form.


Practical advice to prevent employment litigation:

  • Learn to avoid mistakes that often lead to big ticket employment litigation

  • Learn to address hiring issues head on, such as creating and maintaining sound pre-hire paperwork, complying with federal and state immigration laws, and not falling prey to breach-of-contract lawsuits

  • Learn to properly handle employment terminations without landing yourself or your business in the middle of a discrimination or wrongful discharge lawsuit

  • Learn to better manage your employees when dealing with difficult hire and fire issues

Todd Fredrickson, is a shareholder at Otten Johnson in Denver. Specifically, Todd has defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. He regularly counsels clients on a spectrum of personnel management issues, with the goal of avoiding litigation altogether. To that end, he advises employers on developing and enforcing proper application and interview policies, employee handbooks, and employment and compensation agreements. Todd also counsels employers on compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws. Much of Todd's practice focuses on training supervisors, managers, and other employees on such issues as sexual harassment, discrimination, employee discipline and discharge, and investigation of employee grievances. Todd states that educating clients is one of his favorite aspects of his job, because "In doing so, we truly become part of the client's enterprise." 


“I thought Mr. Fredrickson’s presentation was excellent! He was easy to understand and concise, his presentation was relevant to our industry,
and most importantly, he provided specific suggestions and recommendations that we were able to easily implement at our
dealership. I highly recommend this seminar.”
                                                   --Cindy Swanson, Controller, Planet Honda



Topics City Date/Time Location

Employment Law Seminar
by Todd Fredrickson
of Otten Johnson

Jan. 24

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

breakfast included

William D. Barrow Building 290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Denver, 303.831.1722
Employment Law Seminar
by Todd Fredrickson
of Otten Johnson
Denver Thursday,
Jan. 24

Noon to 2 p.m.

lunch included 

Co’s BMW Center
4150 Byrd Drive
2nd Floor Conf. Room
Loveland, 80538
(I-25 and Crossroads Exit 259)  970.292.5200
Employment Law Seminar
by Todd Fredrickson
of Otten Johnson
Colorado Springs Wednesday,
Jan. 30

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

breakfast included

Antlers Hilton Hotel
4 South Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs,  80903 719.955.5600
à Colorado Springs dealers should register with CSADA, Ann Winslow, 719.473.1465
Employment Law Seminar
by Todd Fredrickson
of Otten Johnson
Pueblo Wednesday,
Jan. 30

Noon to 2 p.m.

lunch included

Spradley Auto West
713 E Spaulding Ave
Pueblo West, 81007
(Exit 101 West Royal Gorge/Canon City)


Event Description Date/Time Location
Annual Dealers Legal Counsel Lunch & Issues Briefing

Thursday, Jan. 3

11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m.

William D. Barrow Building 290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Denver, 303.831.1722
Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) Meeting Jan 16, 2008
7:30 a.m.
William D. Barrow Building 290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
All CADA members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Nancy Burke at 303.457.5115.
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






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