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The Sad, Lazy Myth of the ‘Middleman’

Posted on February 17, 2021 in NADA

By Jonathan Collegio, NADA Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Many first year MBA students learn a marketing concept called the “Iron Law of Distribution.” The idea is that when you bring a product to market, you can change who owns the distribution channel for that product — but changing who distributes the product doesn’t change the cost structure associated with distributing the product. That is, you can change whether a factory or an independent company owns the retail outlet — but that by itself doesn’t change or make retailing costs disappear. This is a stumbling block for lots of factories […]

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Washington Franchise Dealers Subscribe to Code of Ethics

Posted on February 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

As a member of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA), dealerships subscribes to the following principles and standards.  Implicit in this Code is the requirement that WSADA members comply fully with all federal, state, and local laws governing their businesses. Operate this business in accord with the highest standards of ethical conduct. Treat each customer in a fair, open, and honest manner, and fully comply with all laws that prohibit discrimination. Meet the transportation needs of our customers in a knowledgeable and professional manner. Represent our products clearly and factually, standing fully behind our warranties, direct and implied, and […]

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NADA Honors Washington State TIME Dealer of the Year Marv McCord, Vancouver Toyota

Posted on February 9, 2021 in Press Releases

Please join WSADA in celebration of Washington’s TIME Dealer of the Year nominee Marvin “Marv” McCord, McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, at the Virtual NADA show Tuesday, February 9 at 12:30pm.  Marv is one of forty dealer nominees from across the country being honored for their business excellence and community service.  Tune in to find out who will be named 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year. Click here to watch the livestream. Congratulations, Marv, for receiving this much-deserved and monumental industry recognition.   TIME AND ALLY FINANCIAL HONOR VANCOUVER DEALER Marvin McCord Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at […]

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4th Annual Women Driving Auto Retail Video Contest Semifinalists Announced

Posted on January 29, 2021 in NADA

The ten semifinalists in the annual Women Driving Auto Retail video contest have been named! Now in its fourth year, the Women Driving Auto Retail video contest celebrates women who work in all areas of car or truck dealerships, and aims to encourage more women to pursue a career in auto retail. Given the global pandemic impacting our world and the auto retail industry, this year’s contest asked women working in dealerships to share their experience and how they’ve adapted during COVID. In a video of three minutes of less, entrants were also asked to share why the auto retail […]

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WSADA recommends dealerships adopt the NADA Fair Credit Compliance Policy & Program and the Voluntary Protection Products Model Dealership Policy

Posted on January 15, 2021 in Press Releases

The WSADA Board of Directors voted unanimously to direct the Association to recommend that dealerships adopt the NADA Fair Credit Compliance Policy & Program and the Voluntary Protection Products Model Dealership Policy — or a similar compliance policy created by their F&I provider — as part of their dealership’s internal compliance programs. The NADA programs were developed to help dealerships avoid Equal Credit Opportunity Act issues in the sale of credit and voluntary protection products. The recommendation is not a requirement, however the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken significant action that limited dealer flexibility on both topics under previous […]

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NADA Issues Analysis of 2020 Auto Sales, 2021 Sales Forecast

Posted on January 12, 2021 in NADA

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) issued its 2020 analysis of U.S. auto sales and the economy. “The coronavirus pandemic certainly impacted new light-vehicle sales in 2020, not to mention the U.S. economy as a whole,” said NADA chief economist Patrick Manzi. “Our forecast at the start of 2020 estimated new light-vehicle sales would fall by one to two percent compared to 2019 for a total of 16.8 million units sold, but once COVID hit, we knew this would be a different year than anticipated.” 2020 came to a close with new-light vehicle sales of 14.46 million units, down 14.7% […]

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A Sneak Peek at the 2021 Virtual NADA Show

Posted on January 7, 2021 in NADA

Everyone wants to know, what will a virtual NADA Show be like? In this new video, you’ll get an introduction to many of the features of the virtual NADA Show platform, with three days of award-winning dealer education, franchise meetings, industry networking and, of course, NADA Expo, the virtual dealer marketplace. The non-stop content, available live and on-demand, will help you and your dealership team to connect, learn and build your business from the comfort of your home or dealership. Join thousands of dealers, dealership managers, exhibiting companies and the world’s leading auto industry representatives as we connect online at […]

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WSADA adopts Resolution on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted on January 1, 2021 in Press Releases

Washington State Auto Dealers Association: Resolution on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion WHEREAS, recent events and our nation’s ongoing and important conversation about representation and diversity, have highlighted the need for organizations and industries – including Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) – and the Washington State franchised dealership network to dedicate themselves to the goals of supporting and promoting equity and inclusion within their purviews; and WHEREAS, WSADA collectively represents almost 300 franchised new car and truck dealers and has an obligation to lead by example; and WHEREAS, WSADA is comprised of Dealer and Associate Members who represent an automotive retail industry comprised […]

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2021 Women Driving Auto Retail Video Contest

Posted on November 20, 2020 in NADA

2020 has been a year full of uncertainty for the country given the coronavirus pandemic. NADA knows that dealers across the country have been impacted and have adapted quickly to operating in the new environment, and we want to know how women working inside dealerships have adjusted. While it is definitely not business as usual, NADA is pleased to announce the fourth annual Women Driving Auto Retail video contest celebrating women who work in all areas of car or truck dealerships, specifically during this trying year. If you’re a woman working in the auto retail industry, we want to know about your […]

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TIME and Ally Financial Honor Vancouver Dealer Marv McCord

Posted on October 23, 2020 in Press Releases

TIME AND ALLY FINANCIAL HONOR VANCOUVER DEALER Marvin McCord Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Show (New York, NY, October 23, 2020) – The nomination of Marvin “Marv” McCord, president of McCord’s Vancouver Toyota in Vancouver, Washington, for the 2021 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME.  Marv is one of a select group of 40 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 104th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Show being held virtually February 9-11, 2021.  The announcement of this year’s annual award was made by […]

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NHTSA Launches SaferCar App to Deliver Safety Info to the Public

Posted on August 27, 2020 in NADA

By National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The United States Department of Transportation today announced the launch of a redesigned mobile app, SaferCar, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with an emphasis on safety and convenience for the public. Available for both iOS and Android, it allows users to save their vehicles, car seats, equipment, or tires in a virtual garage on their smartphone. The app automatically checks, in the background, whether a recall is issued and alerts users when a recall occurs. “In today’s world, smartphones are the tool of choice for many tasks—and the updated SaferCar app is […]

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ABA Promotes Adoption of NADA Fair Credit Program

Posted on August 5, 2020 in NADA

By Mike Alford, Chairman of NADA Regulatory Affairs Committee On Aug. 3, the American Bar Association approved a resolution that, in part, urges governments at all levels to: Adopt laws and policies that promote the adoption of an enhanced nondiscrimination compliance system for dealer compensation for arranging and/or originating a vehicle finance contract by offering a safe harbor against pricing discrimination claims for dealers that faithfully implement the NADA/NAMAD/AIADA Fair Credit Compliance Policy and Program. The resolution, which was co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Section of State and Local Government Law, and the Commission on Homelessness, recommended “safe […]

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Welcome WSADA President Shayne Goff

Posted on July 27, 2020 in Press Releases

Shayne Goff, Wendle Motors, Spokane, was named 2020/2021 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA). Growing up in Southern Idaho surrounded by corn and sugar beet fields, working in the automotive industry was not at the forefront of a young Shayne Goff’s mind. “I spent all my time outdoors,” he said. “I grew up in a simpler time. There were no cell phones, but I knew I was expected home before the streetlights came on.” As a young boy, Shayne’s primary mode of transportation was his bicycle. “I rode my bike to school, baseball practice, home, and everywhere […]

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Dealers donate time, services and goods

Posted on May 21, 2020 in Automotive News

Article from Automotive News | Written by Whitney McDonald In Kent, Wash., south of Seattle, Bowen Scarff Ford-Lincoln started a GoFundMe drive on its website in mid-March called “Help Local Hardworking Nurses.” The donations are used to buy snacks that are delivered to nurses’ break rooms at four hospitals near the dealership. As of May 13, $15,536 has been raised. Dealership owner Mark Scarff makes daily trips to area grocery and warehouse stores and takes the goods back to the dealership showroom to be packaged into bags for delivery. The first deliveries were made to Valley Medical Center on March […]

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Washington’s New Car & Truck Dealers – Open For Business

Posted on May 13, 2020 in Media Campaigns

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Auburn Volkswagen Donates Jeep to Church 253

Posted on May 8, 2020 in Press Releases

University Place church hits the road to help the community UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — There’s an effort to help people in Pierce County with whatever needs they have. Our Church 253 in University Place started with what they called their “Jesus Jeep.” Then, Auburn Volkswagen added an Atlas SUV that they nicknamed the “Angelic Atlas.” They’re using the vehicles to go around and help however they’re needed. In some cases, it means delivering groceries to families or people who aren’t able to get out due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, they took a delivery out to Anderson Island to […]

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COVID-19 Protocol for Safe Auto Sales

Posted on May 4, 2020 in Media Campaigns

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Washington State Auto Dealers Association Donates $50,000 to WA Food Fund

Posted on April 16, 2020 in Press Releases

SEATTLE, April 16, 2020 – The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA), which represents 294 new car and truck dealerships in 68 cities and towns across Washington, today announced it is donating $50,000 to the newly created WA Food Fund, a relief fund that supports food banks statewide so they can maintain their food supply. “As with many industries, our members have faced massive layoffs of employees because of COVID 19,” said Vicki Giles Fabré, Executive Vice President, WSADA. “Our dealerships are deeply concerned about the well-being of not only their employees and their families but also their customers, friends […]

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Subaru of America Partners With Feeding America to Help Provide 50 Million Meals to Help Fight Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on April 16, 2020 in Press Releases

Camden, N.J., Apr 16, 2020  –  Subaru of America, Inc., along with support from its two regional independent distributors, Subaru of New England and Subaru Distributors Corp., today announced its continued commitment to supporting people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by helping to provide 50 million meals* to Feeding America®. The donation will help the Feeding America network respond to increased need in their communities and will help provide 50 million meals nationwide to people most impacted by the pandemic. As the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a nationwide network of 200-member food banks, the automaker’s contribution will help […]

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Congressman Smith Statement on National Mentoring Month

Posted on January 30, 2020 in Press Releases

January 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Adam Smith today released the following statement in honor of National Mentoring Month: “Mentoring programs play a crucial role in supporting positive outcomes for youth, providing valuable experience in the field, and building supportive relationships that carry on throughout their careers. Programs like these foster new ideas about policies that can expand access to quality mentoring for young people and Congress should continue to increase support for the critical work they do every day. “One of these programs in Washington’s Ninth District is the Bright Future program—a mentor program established through a partnership […]

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Solving the Technician Shortage Crisis

Posted on January 3, 2020 in NADA

Every dealer knows that an effective service department is key to a successful dealership. Well-managed service departments keep our customers’ cars and trucks on the road, while providing a steady source of income for local dealerships and jobs for our communities. But today’s service departments are facing a crisis, in the growing shortage of skilled technicians to service America’s cars and trucks. It’s a crisis that will deeply impact our industry unless we get ahead of it today. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the automotive industry employs about 750,000 service technicians at new-car dealerships, auctions, independent repair shops […]

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Tune In, Not Out – WA DECA Distracted Driving PSA

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Media Campaigns

Washington new car and truck dealers and Washington DECA have partnered to collaborate on an important cause. Tune In, Not Out (TINO) campaign is an outreach effort to reduce distracted driving. Tune In, Not Out (TINO) Video PSA: TINO Radio PSA 1: TINO Radio PSA 2: TINO Radio PSA 3: TINO Radio PSA 4:

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Brad Brotherton 2019-2020 WSADA President

Posted on May 31, 2019 in Press Releases

Brad Brotherton, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, Renton, was named 2019/2020 President of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) at the organization’s annual convention in April. Brad began his career in 1995 at Frederick Cadillac in Seattle, Washington, which was owned by his father, Biff, who had acquired several dealerships in Walla Walla, and Seattle. His roots in the car industry go back over 100 years through his father’s grandfather, who started a truck company in 1916 in Walla Walla. Cadillac moved to Renton in 2001, with Buick GMC added later. Brad said, “Going through our family history, I cannot […]

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Tom Lane Named 2019 ‘Dealer of the Year’

Posted on May 10, 2019 in Awards, Press Releases

May 10, 2019 – Tom Lane, Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family, Everett, received the “Robert P. Mallon Dealer of the Year” award at the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) annual convention.  Selected by a committee of his peers, the Association’s most prestigious award recognizes Tom’s contributions to the auto industry, quality dealership operations and outstanding community service. At age 12, Tom started working in the dealership founded by his father, Dwayne Lane, first washing cars and then taking on part-time responsibilities during high school and college.  By the age of 24, Tom was general manager of Dwayne Lane’s Arlington Chevrolet, […]

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Auto Technician Recruitment

Posted on April 10, 2019 in Media Campaigns

Did you know you can achieve a good family wage job, with great benefits and an opportunity for advancement, without having a four-year degree?  Every year thousands of cars need recall and scheduled maintenance and warranty repair, yet there is a critical shortage of auto technicians to do the work. Auto Tech PSA for high school students: Radio PSA: Auto Tech PSA: Radio PSA:

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