CADA Open Road
Auto Industry Guidelines
CADA released Auto Industry Guidelines on the March 22, 2020 Governor’s Please carefully review, and contact Matthew Groves with questions: 303.282.1449.
Dear President Trump: We are the trade associations that represent the companies manufacturing, and the dealerships distributing, servicing, and maintaining the operational safety of, the nation’s motor vehicles. The Alliance for Automotive Innovation represents manufacturers comprising 99 percent of the country’s vehicle production capability, while the National Automobile Dealers Association represents over 90 percent of the nation’s franchised new-car and -truck dealers.
CADA’s COVID-19 advocacy roles
Ongoing announcements on the impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus continue to change Colorado’s dealer business landscape. As we navigate through these unusual times, CADA is advocating on behalf of all Colorado new car dealers in three key areas:
- We are working on an Executive Order, or some other process, which would potentially extend plates and temporary tag registration for an additional 30 days AFTER opening, following any order to shut down.
- With most/all DMVs closed, or operating on extremely restricted hours, we are advocating for a system wherein lien perfections are completed when the DMV — or alternatively, a state processing center — receives dealer paperwork, even if the DMV isn’t open.
- On the national level, NADA is working with the Alliance of Auto Innovation to persuade the White House to determine dealerships are considered essential services in the event President Trump calls for a lockdown or shelter in place. (See article here.)
On the state level and by law, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) can close any business or industry (whether essential or nonessential) in the state (See article here). That action by the state supersedes anything the U.S. President would do on the federal level. We continue working to ensure the CDPHE allows dealerships’ Parts and Service departments to operate as essential services. (Getting Coloradans to medical checkup and treatments, as well as keeping first responders and emergency equipment on the road is as essential as it gets.)
Coronavirus and your dealership
While hourly announcements continue changing Colorado’s business landscape by shuttering industry after industry, we have to wonder whether a ‘Shelter in Place’ order — where non-essential businesses must close — will be implemented statewide.
Therein lies the question for our industry: Are dealerships essential? There should be no question that your Service and Parts departments are essential, especially when the state and the City & County of Denver have suggested that citizens exercise caution if using public transportation and ride sharing services.
Getting Coloradans to medical checks and treatments, as well as keeping first responders and emergency equipment on the road is as essential as it gets.
Join us for the Preview Gala — featuring the inaugural Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame Dinner!
CADA launches the Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame at the 12th Annual Denver Auto Show Preview Gala on Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling)! This inaugural dinner honors decades of innovation, influence and enduring contributions by iconic automotive dealers to the industry in Colorado.
The Inaugural Class of 2020 will be recognized at a special induction and awards ceremony as part of the Denver Auto Show’s Preview Gala, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Denver Convention Center. During the Hall of Fame Dinner, CADA celebrates visionary businessmen and -women whose automotive innovations and community service have benefited our state and our lives.
After dinner, the doors opens to the Preview Gala, where you’ll stroll through the Denver Auto Show, entertained by The Nacho Men while enjoying cocktails and gambling against the backdrop of 2020 models by many manufacturers.
We hope to see you there!
As Boomer technicians retire to the tune of about 40,000 a year nationwide, the empty bays they leave behind are a painful reminder to dealerships about how customer service can — and does — suffer. After all, when you don’t have enough people to service vehicles, even loyal customers find another dealership that can. That hurts your relationships, and let’s cut to the chase, your bottom line.