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March 30, 2021

October 6 - 8, 2021

Save the date!

Mark your calendar NOW for the 2021 CADA Annual Convention at The Broadmoor! 

Golf Thursday, Oct. 7!

General Sessions Friday, Oct. 8!

Join us as Scott Monty kicks off a day of terrific sessions!

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October 6 - 8, 2021

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March 23, 2021

October 6 - 8, 2021

It's b-a-a-a-c-k!

We've missed you! Mark your calendar NOW for the 2021 CADA Annual Convention, October 6- 8 at The Broadmoor! Details coming soon.

Meanwhile, Save the Date: October 6-8!

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March 16, 2021

Single-occupancy vehicle trips at risk through Employee Trip Reduction Program

Last Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) held a listening session for a new proposal to limit single-occupancy vehicle trips. Following the session, the department released an early draft of the program.This draft was the subject of a Denver Business Journal article on Wednesday, which CADA distributed. Dealers provided significant feedback and requests for more information. Below is what we know now...

Who's running the program?

Heavily rumored through environmental coalitions, we expected the Employee Trip Reduction Program (ETRP_) to be introduced as legislation. During Tuesday's listening session, it appears CDPHE and the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQ-C) intend to run this as a regulation. The state’s claim is that through House Bill 19-1261, the Carbon Reduction Plan, they were delegated the authority to implement programs that would get us closer to the legislative goal of a 90 percent carbon reduction by 2050. 

While HB 1261 undoubtedly gives broad implementations authority to the agency, whether this plan falls within that authority is unclear.  It is our opinion that this program’s implementation will require significantly more money and/or full-time employees. I do not believe they can authorize that type of activity for themselves.

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March 9, 2021

Lone Tree man busted after driving a stolen import to buy a Cayenne at Porsche of Colorado Springs, ending a two-week, $1 million Front Range crime spree

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — Colorado Springs police arrested a 29-year-old Lone Tree man after they say he drove a stolen Aston Martin to a car dealership and tried to pay for a $100,000 Porsche with a forged check. Kyle Daugherty admitted to police it wasn’t his first time doing so, that he had spent the previous two weeks fraudulently purchasing expensive rides – more than a million dollars worth in high-end cars, according to investigators’ tabulation.

Daugherty was taken from the showroom Wednesday to a courtroom Friday morning.

Despite his high-priced habit, he was unable to pay the $23,000 cash bond needed to get out of jail.

The wheels came off Daugherty’s spree when warnings spread among Front Range dealerships.

“He just walked in as a customer Tuesday and wanted to buy a car,” said Manuela Rijkse, a salesperson at Porsche of Colorado Springs. “He said he would pay cash for it. I think that was a stupid move. He let us run his credit. It didn’t add up at all.”

Still, Rijkse set up Daugherty’s purchase of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne for the following day to be completed with a cashier’s check.

Daugherty told Rijkse he had just received an inheritance from his grand parents’ cattle ranch. He drove a brand new F-350 on Tuesday and said he was buying the Porsche for his wife. He wanted all the warranties and extras that were offered.

“It was too easy. He didn’t negotiate or anything,” Rijkse told CBS4. “It didn’t feel right.”

Then, after Daugherty left, the dealership’s management received a warning from employees at the Porsche dealership in Littleton: Earlier that day, a man using the same name attempted to purchase a car there, but failed. Daugherty had told those employees he would wire the money to the dealership. That transaction never happened, according to Littleton Police Department Commander Trent Cooper. Daugherty vanished.

“He never came back in after he went out to get his credit cards,” Cooper said.

Daugherty apparently developed expensive tastes a week earlier, Cooper said. Littleton detectives believe Daugherty dropped off a 2017 Jaguar at Stephenson (sic) Imports for repairs on Jan. 24. He wrote a a $92,000 personal check for a 2020 Jag and drove it away. Three days later, with the dealership’s bank yet to determine the check was bad, Daugherty returned to the same dealership driving a Ford F-350 pickup. This time he wrote a fake $61,000 check for a 2021 model Jaguar and hit the open road.

“I wouldn’t mind having a $92,000 Jaguar parked in my driveway,” Cooper joked, “(but) I don’t know if I could handle the stress of driving around in a stolen car all day. I kind of like having my cars paid off.”

Cooper said Stephenson’s management contacted the 2020 Jaguar’s previous owner. That person activated the vehicle’s GPS and it was located – at an unspecified Mike Ward dealership in the south metro area.

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March 2, 2021

2019 CADA Chair Christina Dawkins donates her TIME Dealer of the Year finalist award to Clear the Air Foundation

That $5,000 donation will help auto tech students with much-needed tuition and tools

Earlier this afternoon, Christina Dawkins, former owner of Co's BMW Center, donated the $5,000 award she received as one of four regional finalists during the TIME Dealer of the Year competition to the Clear the Air Foundation. She was announced as one of the Top 4 finalists at the 2021 NADA Show on February 9.

Throughout her long involvement with CADA, Christina understands and appreciates the Foundation's efforts to pull high polluters from the roads, recycle everything possible, then crush the engine and other parts, so they cannot ever make their way back to Colorado's roads again. 

She's also enjoyed the other part of the Foundation's mission: To provide tool and tuition scholarships for students in auto technician programs throughout the state. "I'm making this donation to the Clear the Air Foundation as a thank you for the techs we've been able to work with, and an opportunity for other techs to come into our industry."

Mark Zeigler, Clear the Air Foundation director, was surprised (and thrilled) by her generosity, noting that the $5,000 will easily become a much larger gift of $20,000 in tool or tuition scholarships for several students.

"With all of Christina's involvement in the local community, I'm very grateful she thought of the Foundation and the work we're doing to ensure dealerships' bays are filled with well-trained and -qualified auto technicians," Zeigler said.

Thank you, Christina for your most generous donation. And congrats again for reaching such a big milestone with the TIME Dealer of the Year!

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