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Final CFPB rule on “payday loans” generally excludes dealers
Good news for dealers: The final rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on certain payday, vehicle title and other loans generally excludes franchised dealers. That’s because of some substantial changes from the initial proposal made after written comments that NADA filed on the proposed rule last year. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA donates $50,000 to Puerto Rico relief efforts
WANADA will make a $50,000 donation on behalf of its Washington Area dealers to the Flamboyan Foundation to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The donation will be made through WANADA Community Support Foundation. [FULL BULLETIN]

Supreme Court to rehear case on overtime exemption for service advisors
The U.S. Supreme Court has said it will again hold hearings on a case involving overtime pay for dealer service advisors. NADA will work with the state dealer associations to file a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of the dealers. [FULL BULLETIN]

Market conditions in their area are strong, dealers say
A recent survey found that more franchised dealers feel market conditions are currently strong in their area than feel they are weak, with the overall sentiment scoring 55 out of 100. The dealers are somewhat more positive about the next three months, with an index of 57. [FULL BULLETIN]

NADA Washington Conference features Rep. Don Beyer, DOT’s Elaine Chao, and others
More than 400 dealers from around the country, including WANADA leadership, assembled in DC last week for the NADA Washington Conference, hearing a variety of speakers before going to Capitol Hill to call on Congress. WANADA was well represented by Chairman Charlie Stringfellow; NADA Director Geoff Pohanka; his father Jack Pohanka, former chairman of both WANADA and NADA; MADA Director for Maryland Daniel Jobe, also on WANADA’s Board; and Joe Koch, vice president of WANADA operations. [FULL BULLETIN]

GM’s recent policy about dealers using non-GM parts and non-GM service contracts gets dealers’ attention
A fair amount of concern has been expressed across the country in recent weeks regarding communications from General Motors to its dealers about repairs and maintenance being performed on GM vehicles for customers by dealers utilizing non-GM parts and non-GM service contracts. While acknowledging the GM dealer’s right to use non-GM parts and non-GM service contracts with customers, the automaker nonetheless has prescribed a stringent disclosure regime that it insists its franchisees implement when non-GM parts and non-GM service contracts are utilized. These disclosures have been found by many, including NADA, to be overstated and beyond the terms of the GM Dealer Sales and Service Agreement when they present such things as the risk of unsuccessful repairs and maintenance to the customer’s vehicle when the servicing dealer uses non-GM parts and non-GM service contracts. In addition, the sanctions GM says it will impose on its dealers for failing to implement the disclosures when non-GM parts are used has been found by many to be heavy handed, if not illegal. [FULL BULLETIN]

NADA offers emergency relief for dealer employees in Houston
The NADA Foundation has mobilized its Emergency Relief Fund to help dealership employees who have had their homes or other personal property damaged by Hurricane Harvey and the floods that followed it. But as of last Thursday, the Fund was in danger of running out of money, reported Automotive News. [FULL BULLETIN]

Tesla wins round in fight against Michigan franchise law
Tesla won a battle in its fight against Michigan’s franchise law that prohibits the automaker from using its direct sales model in the state. Relatedly, two state lawmakers will have to hand over records of their communications with lobbyists, including one with the Auto Dealers of Michigan (ADM). [FULL BULLETIN]

EPA, DOT reopen, expand review of fuel economy rules
When official notice was published reopening the midterm review of the 2025 fuel economy rules, many were surprised – and the auto industry was pleased. The mid-August notice in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department fulfilled a pledge the EPA made in March to reopen the rules approved in January, days before President Trump took office. [FULL BULLETIN]

I-95 Corridor Coalition tests idea of charging drivers per mile driven
Infrastructure in the U.S. is in dire need of repair and upgrade. Congress refuses to even consider raising the gas tax, although it has not been raised in nearly 25 years. The tax has not covered the cost of road repair for some time. Transportation authorities need to find another source of revenue. Both Maryland and Virginia have raised their state gas tax recently as part of larger transportation bills. [FULL BULLETIN]

$15 minimum wage in MoCo would lead to loss of 47,000 jobs by 2022
If Montgomery County raised its minimum wage from $11.50 -- that went into effect last month -- to $15 an hour, 47,000 jobs would be lost by 2022, according to a new study. County Executive Isaiah Leggett commissioned the study through PFM Consulting Group to gauge the economic impact of a higher minimum wage. Leggett “reluctantly vetoed” a $15 minimum wage bill in January, saying it would hurt the county economically. [FULL BULLETIN]

House votes to repeal rule banning class action waivers
As WANADA reported in a Special Bulletin sent to members last week, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB)’s rule banning class action waivers in arbitration agreements. The vote is the first step in Congress to reverse the rule and continue to roll back Obama-era regulations. Congress can repeal any regulation by simple majority under the Congressional Review Act within 60 legislative days of the rule’s release, in this case on July 10. If Congress repeals a rule, it cannot be issued again in the future. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA meets with Congressman Steny Hoyer on autonomous car bill
While the rest of Washington was focused on the failure of the health care bill (see below), a bill in Congress allowing automakers to manufacture up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles a year passed a House subcommittee. [FULL BULLETIN]

CFPB rulemaking permits dealers to offer consumers class action waivers, but lenders are prohibited
When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the final version of its rule banning class action waivers in arbitration agreements, it had some good news for dealers with a catch. [FULL BULLETIN]

OEMs commit to exhibit in the 2018 Washington Auto Show
All major new motor vehicle OEMs reserved space in the 2018 Washington Auto Show last week in the landmark DC venue dedicated to journalism everywhere, the Newseum. In all, 32 OEMs took space in the 2018 WAS, pretty much selling out the entire Walter E. Washington Convention Center on two levels and in five exhibit halls. The floor plan for Halls D & E on the upper level is very similar to the 2017 Auto Show; while on the first level—Halls A, B & C—the floor plan has been completely redrawn from previous years and offers a whole new look. [FULL BULLETIN]

VOTE for the Washington Auto Show!
Washington Auto Show has been nominated in the latest 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest! The automotive expert panel selected Washington Auto Show as a contender for Best Car Show, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the event of their choice at this link. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA updates dealers on auto laws: New state requirements, changes at CFPB, new Used Car Rule stickers
Presented to WANADA members last week, June 15, 2017, WANADA staged a successful Automotive Law Briefing, with the room filled with dealers and their staff and four expert speakers to guide them through the maze of regulations and legal requirements on the federal level and in Maryland and Virginia. This issue of the Bulletin provides a full report to refresh those who attended and enlighten those who did not. [FULL BULLETIN]

The weatherman smiled, and it didn’t rain on the WANADA Open!
The weatherman was kind and generous to the WANADA Open again this year; A cold rain that was forecasted gave way to some sun, some clouds and pleasant, early summer temperatures. In other words, it was a perfect day for golf, last Wednesday, June 7, 2017! And so, in WANADA’s 100th year, the dealer organization hosted another successful Open Tournament at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA Automotive Law Briefing – June 15
WANADA will hold an Automotive Law Briefing next week from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the Westin Tysons Corner on current topics of vital interest to dealers. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA Open set to tee off next Wed., June 7, Lansdowne
Get your golf clubs ready, and hope for good weather on June 7! The WANADA Open is set for that date at The Golf Club at the ever popular Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA. Rain or shine, it’s an excellent opportunity for networking and a great way to bring on the summer! [FULL BULLETIN]

OSHA postpones injury/illness electronic reporting date
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has postponed the July 1 deadline for certain dealerships to electronically file their 2016 employee workplace injury and illness records. Among WANADA members, the rule applies to light-duty truck dealerships with 250 or more employees at a single location. [FULL BULLETIN]

Plan to attend WANADA Open at Lansdowne Resort, Wednesday, June 7
WANADA dealers and Kindred-line members are cordially invited to the 2017 WANADA Open, on Wednesday, June 7, at The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort. The number of golfers is limited to 128, so register your foursomes today by clicking here. [FULL BULLETIN]

House passes health care bill; Senate says it will write its own
The U.S. House of Representatives started the long process of Obamacare repeal and replacement when it recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a slim margin of 217 to 213. The bill’s passage came a month and a half after the first attempt failed to attract the votes of both moderate Republicans and the conservative Freedom Caucus. Some Republicans said the bill that passed is imperfect, but they were anxious to get something passed. [FULL BULLETIN]

NY attorney general settles with dealers selling cars with open recalls
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman reached settlements with 104 auto dealers, including several franchised dealers, selling vehicles under open recall. The recalls were for unrepaired safety problems such as unintended acceleration, airbag problems, vehicle fires and steering and brake loss. WANADA dealers should know about such actions because something similar could happen in the Washington area through the attorneys general in Maryland and Virginia. [FULL BULLETIN]

Maryland legislators pass helpful dealer bills and expanded workplace rules
Not atypically, members of the General Assembly in Maryland passed some good legislation and some not so good legislation in the recently concluded session in Annapolis. Dealers fared well with a helpful franchise measure that passed, while employers statewide will need to figure out an unprecedented new sick leave law. [FULL BULLETIN]

Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) unlikely to pass, industry observers say
The Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) legislation, which has created strong opposition from the automotive sector and other industries, is unlikely to pass Congress, industry experts said at the New York International Auto Show. [FULL BULLETIN]

NADA staying with 17.1 million sales forecast for 2017, “very strong year”
Even after weak March sales, NADA is sticking with its sales forecast of 17.1 million vehicles for 2017, Chief Economist Steven Szakaly said during a recent conference call with reporters. Although that’s down from last year’s record 17.55 million sales, Szakaly said, “17 million is still very good.” [FULL BULLETIN]

Washington area dealers, industry and community leaders return to Mayflower Hotel in DC to celebrate 100 years of WANADA and the automobile business
Besides Saturday, April 1, 2017 being April Fools’ Day, it was also the Centennial Gala for the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) as scores of franchised dealers, joined by industry and community leaders of one stripe or other, converged on the historic Mayflower Hotel in DC to mark 100 years of the WANADA organization. [FULL BULLETIN]

April 28 deadline to avert federal government shutdown
Amid the posturing and acrimony on Capitol Hill, another deadline is looming. If Congress does not pass a budget by midnight April 28, the nation – and especially the Washington area – will be faced with a government shutdown. What are the chances of that happening? [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA 100th anniversary gala, Saturday, April 1, Mayflower Hotel
A spectacular 100th anniversary gala is planned for this Saturday at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. The elegant black-tie event is an occasion not to be missed, with a cocktail reception, dinner and a commemoration of the past 100 years of the retail automotive industry in the Washington area, and top-flight entertainment. [FULL BULLETIN]

Dealer performance standards bill passes the House in MD
Late last night, the full House of Delegates in Maryland passed the dealer-sponsored legislation HB 1120 that better defines performance standards automakers require of their dealers’ franchisees. The legislation now goes over to the Maryland Senate where it must also pass to go forward to the governor for his signature into law. [FULL BULLETIN]

Dealers in Washington to oppose Border Adjustment Tax
American International Auto Dealer’s Fly-In brought dealers from across the U.S. to Washington last week to tell members of Congress why they should oppose the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) legislation before the House Ways and Means Committee. The effort, supported by NADA and U.S. state and metro dealer associations, raised a large industry crowd, as AIADA cited a study by the Center for Automotive Research saying that a 20 percent BAT would add $2,000 on average to the price of all new vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]

WANADA’s Centennial Gala marks the dealer organization’s 100th anniversary at Mayflower Hotel in DC, Apr. 1
The more things change the more they stay the same. The historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington was as grand a venue when WANADA first started using it for dealer member events in the 1920s and through out the 20th Century as it is today, which makes it the ideal venue for WANADA’s upcoming Centennial Gala, Saturday night, April 1, 2017. This elegant black tie evening, commencing with a reception and dinner, complemented with rich entertainment, will celebrate Washington area auto dealers and their legacy to the industry and the community they’ve served for a 100 years. The evening, indeed, promises to be memorable for all WANADA dealers and Kindred-line members, who have all been invited under separate cover. A commemoration of WANADA’s last 100 years, the evening will also include a comedy show by popular funny man Frank Caliendo, who in turn, will be joined by Satisfaction The International Rolling Stones Show for the dinner dance segment. [FULL BULLETIN]

Dealers wage all-out assault on Border Adjustment Tax
Dealers from NADA, AIADA (American International Automobile Dealers Association) and NAMAD (National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers) are organizing a major grass-roots effort to defeat a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) proposed in the House Tax Reform Blueprint in December. [FULL BULLETIN]

Consumer turnout for Auto Show ranks 2017 among top five in Washington’s history
The 10 day run of the 2017 Washington Auto Show (WAS) -- Jan. 27 – Feb. 5-- earned it the distinction of being the 5th “best attended show” in WANADA’s 100 year history. WANADA, which has produced 75 auto shows in Washington since its founding in 1917, has logged strong attendance, year over year, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC) since its opening in 2004. [FULL BULLETIN]

NADA returns to New Orleans and celebrates its centennial
The NADA Convention in New Orleans marked the start of the 100th anniversary celebration of America’s franchised new-car dealer organization. [FULL BULLETIN]

2017 Washington Auto Show expands MobilityTalks, extending Industry/Media Days, Jan. 24-26
Thanks to a lot of hard work and intensive planning, the 2017 Washington Auto Show rolled out two days of panels, breakout sessions, technical demonstrations and ride-drives on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 as MobilityTalks International preceded Media Day on Thursday, Jan 26. Audience reviews were positive and the assembled panelists and assorted commentators were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their respective parts of the global automotive conversation. [FULL BULLETIN]

2017 Washington Auto Show is ready to go!
Final preparations for the 2017 Washington Auto Show are in full swing, with a packed schedule for several days before the Show opens to the public on Jan. 27. This year will see expanded MobilityTalks all day Tuesday, Jan. 24, and a half-day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. [FULL BULLETIN]

Detroit sets pace for 2017 with world class auto show
To be expected, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) drew scores of operatives from automotive and journalist sectors from across the globe at the staging of NAIAS Industry/Media Days this week in Detroit. Washington Auto Show representatives from WANADA, who were delighted to be among the notables from everywhere, were impressed with the omnipresent, wide array of high technology on display, not just from automotive, but from the electronics realm as well, which has been the ever growing components part of new cars and trucks in recent years. [FULL BULLETIN]

Washington Auto Show passes are on the way!
Complimentary admission and VIP passes to The Washington Auto Show are being sent via U.S. mail to all WANADA members this week. Please email Kathy Teich,, if you have not received your mailing by Friday, Jan. 13. Note that Comp passes are designed for admission during Consumer Days of the Auto Show, Jan. 27- Feb. 5, 2017. Members who will be attending Industry/Media Days preceding Public Days, Jan. 24, 25, and 26 -to include the Sneak Peek Preview- need to register with Joe Koch, (202) 237-7200, [FULL BULLETIN]


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