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Dealers a driving force on Capitol Hill

November 23, 2010
BY RAY SCARPELLI METRO CHICAGO NADA DIRECTOR

A record 500 politically active dealers and state and metro dealer association executives went to the NADA's 28th Washington Conference in September. Guest speakers included House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Sens. George Allen (R-Va.) and Blanche Lincoln (DArk.), and Time magazine Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy. The dealers visited the offices of more than 225 senators and representatives to discuss current legislative issues impacting dealers, including permanent repeal of the estate tax and tax considerations for Oldsmobile dealers. In their meetings on Capitol Hill, the conference delegates also made dealer-specific points relevant to broader issues such the Senate asbestos reform bill, which includes a ban on the sale of asbestos containing products. Delegates also urged passage of legislation to extend the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The NADA has sought to renew the expiring provisions to prevent a patchwork of state laws that could interfere with the ability of dealers to obtain timely, accurate, and complete credit reports. Call the NADA's Legislative Affairs office at 800-563-1556 for additional information. Do-not-call registry in effect during court appeals As this is being written, the Federal Trade Commission's Do- Not-Call regulation is in effect. Dealers who plan to telemarket must obtain copies of the do-not-call list for the area codes they intend to call. Everyone should stay abreast of further developments at www.ftc.gov and www.fcc.gov/ Remember, these rules are only one part of a comprehensive set of telemarketing restrictions imposed by these agencies. Nearly 600 dealerships took part in a recent NADA teleconference on the restrictions. If yours was not among them, you can purchase a tape of the conference by linking to an order form at www.nada.org or calling NADA Management Education at 800/252-6232, ext. 2. The NADA also covers the matter in detail in a publication, "Federal Telemarketing Restrictions." It can be ordered through the NADA management education department. New Web service saves dealers time, speeds access to info The NADA has launched NADA Express, a new Internet service designed to save dealers time by arranging news and information links from across the Internet on one convenient page. Your personalized NADA Express home page provides links to NADA content and a wide variety of news, financial services (including a stock ticker), and other information. The service is a private label version of CEO Express, which is used by thousands of executives worldwide. The service is a free benefit of NADA membership, and it's simple to use. Log on to www.nada.org and click on the NADA Express icon in the upper left corner for help signing up and getting started with NADA Express. For further assistance, call NADA Public Affairs at 703/827-7409 or 703/748- 7529, or e-mailhelp@nada.org In other technology news, the NADA's Web site, www.nada.org , has won the 2003 Standard of Excellence Web Award from the Web Marketing Association. The award recognizes the standard of excellence for which all corporate Web sites should strive. Winners were selected from approximately 1,000 sites from 19 different countries in 80 different industry categories. All entries were judged by a panel of independent Internet experts and evaluated against peer sites within each industry. Other news from the NADA Dieter Zetsche, president and CEO of Daimler-Chrysler, will be the industry keynote speaker on the opening day of NADA's 2004 convention in Las Vegas. The general session on Monday will feature comments by General Tommy Franks. Note: many convention hotels are already sold out. If you plan to attend, register soon to make sure you get your hotel preferences. • The National Automobile Dealers and Associates Retirement Trust posted an 11.2 percent return in the second quarter and continues to be a stable vehicle for retirement plans for its participants. • A special NADA section in Time magazine, produced in cooperation with that publication and some auto manufacturers, will highlight automotive careers in America and what auto dealers do in their communities. • Final consolidation of data is being completed from the recent survey regarding dealers' satisfaction with their computer services providers; results will be published soon. As always, as your NADA board member, I stand ready to bring your views to the national office, and national office news to you, so keep in touch.

 

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