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NADA to remain vigilant, association chairman tells convention

November 24, 2010

A legion of new-car dealers joined with one voice can be influential, and the recent Congressional decision on CAFE standards is a good example, said H. Carter Myers III, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

"Washington saw the strength of united dealers," he said of the decision to leave unchanged the current fuel economy targets.

Myers and NADA President Phillip Brady spoke in March at an annual convention of dealers from Illinois and Missouri. The NADA leaders reviewed the association's efforts on behalf of its members-more than 90 percent of the country's franchised new-car dealers.

Myers said the dealer franchise system is strong and he described it as the best method to deliver vehicles to customers.

"And despite the soothing words we hear from Detroit, the NADA will stay vigilant to avoid splintering the dealer body into the haves and have nots, or rural versus urban dealers," he said.

Dealer dialog with manufacturers before any new programs are implemented is the answer to maintaining a level playing field for dealers and to avoid discriminatory pricing, Myers said.

"But any success with the manufacturers can be undone in Washington by burdensome taxation and legislation," he said.

Brady said the NADA's recent dealings with the National Football League over the date of the 2002 Super Bowl gave the NADA a chance to improve the visibility and the image of dealers.
Brady said his son remarked that he never expected to see his father's name reported in a newspaper's sports section.

Brady, who became NADA president in 2001, praised CATA President Jerry Cizek for helping him in his transition to the position. Cizek recently completed a one-year term as president of the Automotive Trade Association Executives, which interacts closely with the NADA.