We've Been Busy

Dear CADA Dealer Member:

Late September and October were a flurry of traveling and meetings. First, the Board of Directors, a NextGen dealer and the CADA staff went on the road to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 CADA Project DC, which included meetings with our federal lawmakers, and the annual NADA Washington Conference.

In Washington, we picked up a ton of information that we’ve been able to share during our regional meetings, which took us to 12 different Colorado locations over three weeks. The issues we learned about in Washington included:
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
Efforts by policymakers to ground all open recalls

We had good attendance at this year’s regional meetings. Not surprisingly, the farther we got away from the Front Range, the better our attendance. That’s one of the main reasons we have these gatherings: it’s important for all of our member dealers to know the latest on issues affecting our industry, the direction the industry is taking and what we’re expecting in the upcoming legislative session. Our two-hour meetings in each location were jam-packed with information. Among the things we discussed:

  • Fuel-efficiency tax credits
  • Sales tax issues
  • Franchise relationships
  • Motor Vehicle Dealer Board actions
  • CADA services, including educational seminars and workshops
  • CADA’s new association management system
  • The Clear the Air Foundation

We fielded many questions about recalls and what dealers can and can’t advertise and sell while there’s an open recall. What we would like to be clear is all recalls are created equal and not all brands are required to handle the recalls in the same way. For example, FCA has entered into a consent decree with NHTSA limiting sale of vehicles with open recalls, so Chrysler dealers are still in a bit of limbo.

Regarding advertising, CADA has enlisted the help of Eric Hartsaugh, who will be working part-time with the association, and will field consumer calls regarding issues or disputes with dealers. He also will advise members about advertising and the specific wording in ads so they’re in complete compliance with state and federal regulations.

Many thanks to the Board members who took time away from their stores and their families to attend the Washington trip and regional meetings. The comments from the meetings were positive, ranging from “Great content,” to “CADA overview was very informative,” to “A lot covered in a 2-hour period.” I have to include the comment from one Denver dealer who jokingly complained, “What? No valet parking? Sugar-free Red Bull?” We’ll take those requests under advisement for next time.

Coming up November 20th at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, we’ll gather from 2:00 to 7:30 p.m. for The 101: CADA’s Annual Meeting and Gala.

I think this is going to be an interesting and compelling meeting. Our keynote speaker is Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of one of the most inspiring leaders in memory, Sir Winston Churchill, who led Great Britain during World War II. Sandys is the co-author of a recent book, “God and Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours.” He’ll share some of his insights with us, speaking on “How to Lead Like Churchill.”

After the meeting and keynote, we’ll adjourn to delicious food and drink. Register online at http://www.coloradodealers.org/101.php. CADA has arranged for a special room rate for dealers who wish to spend the night or the entire weekend enjoying the beautiful Broadmoor Resort.

Leading up to The 101, we have two events planned:

  • The Dealers Election Action Committee (DEAC) President’s Club will get together at The Broadmoor on Thursday for our annual dinner.

  • For those who were unable to attend one of the CADA Regional Meetings we will be holding a final make-up session prior to the Annual Meeting.

  • NextGen Dealers have a special lunch meeting on Friday from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Johnny Martin’s Car Central. It’s a private club that showcases all things automotive. The racecar simulators provide an amazingly realistic experience. There’s no charge for this event but please RSVP to Morgan Smith (morgan.smith@coloradodealers.org). The NextGen event will adjourn in time for you to come to the Annual Meeting.

Thanks to Tim Jackson and the outstanding staff for all of their work organizing the Washington trip, the regional meetings and The 101: CADA’s Annual Meeting & Gala. I hope to see everyone in Colorado Springs!

Best regards,

Thom Buckley, Chairman