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Looking back, moving forward

November 22, 2010
By Ray Scarpelli Sr., Metro Chicago NADA Director

This month gives us an opportunity to look back and remember those who have fought to preserve our freedom and to look forward as we bring positive change to the industry and help all dealers ensure a promising future. 


The NADA strives to improve the legislative and regulatory climate for dealers:


  • NADA President Phil Brady and legislative executive director Ivette Rivera were with President Bush April 21 when he signed bankruptcy reform legislation into law. The new law includes NADA provisions that will help dealers protect their secured credit for a motor vehicle when a customer files for bankruptcy.  
  • Following House passage April 13 of a bill that would permanently repeal the federal estate tax (H.R. 8), the NADA turned its attention to the Senate. The association will host a "fly-in" of influential dealers and state dealer association executives to Washington for face-to-face meetings with senators whose votes are critical to estate tax reform. This bill is critical to dealers; I urge you to contact Senators Durbin and Obama to gain their support.
  • Dealers are also asked to contact their representatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1049, which would exclude tractors weighing 26,000 pounds or less from the federal excise tax. See for info on the FET and for changes to the federal highway use tax that go into effect July 1.


The NADA also is working hard to improve communications and relations between dealers and manufacturers: 

  • A round of face-to-face meetings with virtually all manufacturers is underway to present dealers’ views—as revealed in the results of the latest Dealer Attitude Survey—directly to top auto factory executives.


There are many NADA programs in which you can participate, including one that honors our veterans:


  • This month, take part in the National Moment of Remembrance by pausing for one minute at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who fought and died for our freedoms. The White House has asked that dealers help spread the word in our communities; the May issue of AutoExec magazine will contain a poster you can display in your dealership. More information and ideas for ways to make this minute meaningful to you and your community are at, and ideas specific to dealerships will be coming from the NADA. 
  • I hope you were able to participate in National Tire Safety Week, April 24-30. The "Be Tire Smart—Do Your PART" campaign to raise awareness of tire wear, pressure, and maintenance to ensure passenger safety. But the campaign runs year-round, and the NADA and the Rubber Manufacturers Association will provide dealers with a free tire safety kit at any time. The kit includes 200 consumer brochures, a brochure holder and a poster. Look for a link on or to order.
  • Mark your calendar now for September, Child Safety Seat Month; and for Oct. 24-29, Automotive Career Week. The NADA will make materials for both available to dealers over the coming weeks.  

With the NADA’s help, dealers across America should prosper this year. And with dealers’ help, the association should be able to tackle the serious issues facing our industry, so that we will all be able to look back on 2005 with positive memories.


Thank you for being an active member, and contact me any time to discuss your views.