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Dealers take 'Don't Tax My Ride' credo to Capitol

April 19, 2019
Carrying the message that the U.S. auto industry is united against Section 232 auto tariffs, hundreds of dealers and their auto industry allies stormed Capitol Hill April 9 and 10 at the American International Automobile Dealers Association’s 2019 Tariff Fly-In.
In a whirlwind 24 hours, the dealers met with congressional offices from 32 states and members of both the House and Senate Leadership with their united message: Auto tariffs would make purchasing a vehicle more expensive for consumers.
The AIADA noted that if 25 percent tariffs are implemented, consumers would spend $73 billion more in taxes; sales would decrease by up to 2 million new vehicles annually; and more than 700,000 total U.S. jobs would be lost, including up to 117,500 at new-vehicle dealerships;
While in Washington, dealers also heard from political movers and shakers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and current House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, about the importance of advocating for their businesses.  
Cody Lusk, the AIADA president, congratulated all the dealers in attendance at the Fly-In for their participation and commitment to remaining engaged with their lawmakers. "I appreciate every single one of you in the room tonight – because you are the dealers, and the manufacturers, and the industry reps who truly get it," he told them.
"You know that you can’t just choose to stay away from politics because it’s a messy business. You understand that politicians are deeply involved in YOUR business, and it’s crucial that you have a say in their decisions."