November 21, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #47


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Automotive News at a Glance



     - Legislative Policy Committee

       Addresses Concerns


     - REMINDER: Motor Vehicle Sales

       Contract Disclosure Change

       Effective Jan. 1, 2008

     - REMINDER: State Minimum Wage

       Changes Jan. 1, 2008

     - El Paso County Announces

       Reduced Hours


     - Upcoming Events

     - MDADA Membership Meeting


     - Two Colorado Dealers Graduate

       from NADA/ATD Dealer Candidate


     - Long-time Colorado Dealer  
Passes Away

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DUE TODAY!  CLICK HERE for a copy of the membership survey that was mailed last week to all CADA members. This survey is designed to gauge your top areas of concern and the key challenges you face at your dealership. CADA works on your behalf at the Colorado capitol, with government regulators, the media, and others to address issues of importance to you. This is your opportunity to ensure that CADA priorities and decisions of the board of directors and staff made on your behalf fully reflect the collective views of our members.


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Listed here are several articles pertaining to the auto industry that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation.

  • California may rule Colorado vehicles
    The Colorado Springs Gazette, Nov. 18
    WHAT’S PROPOSED: Gov. Bill Ritter wants to set emissions standards for new vehicles sold in Colorado, beginning in 2011 at the earliest.

    WHAT’S NOT: Officials are not proposing a return of emissions testing for vehicles already on the road.

  • Arnold's Imperialism
    The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 12

    "Our future depends on us taking action against global warming right now," Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a press conference last Thursday. And so California has sued the Environmental Protection Agency to force the EPA's hand on local laws that regulate carbon emissions from California automobiles. "We sue again, and sue again, and sue again, until we get it," the Governor promised.


  • Court orders redo of higher truck fuel economy standards
    Automotive News, Nov. 15

    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court panel today overturned government fuel economy standards for light trucks in the 2008-11 model years.

    The three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in California ruled that the standards didn’t properly assess the risk vehicles pose to the environment.

    The standards were considered innovative in that they set different fuel economy targets for vehicles of different sizes.


  • New Toyota stores planned
    The Colorado Springs Gazette, Nov. 13

    Colorado Springs’ two Toyota dealerships, both owned by the Larry H. Miller Group of Sandy, Utah, plan to build new stores, with the goal of further pushing local sales ahead of the competition.


  • Ford loss hits economy
    Fort Morgan Times, Nov. 12
    Despite some mitigating factors, the loss of the Fort Morgan’s Garnsey and Wheeler Ford dealership is significant for the county economy.

    The lot closed down about two weeks ago. The move was part of a deal in which a group including Chris Spradley and Bill Barr bought Garnsey and Wheeler Ford as well as Ehrlich Lincoln-Mercury to make up Spradley Barr Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, said general manager Fred Brown, who now is at the Greeley branch.

  • Big 3 take hit over fuel rules
    The Detroit News, Nov. 16

    WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court Thursday threw out the Bush administration's standards to improve the fuel efficiency of pickups, vans and SUVs, saying the rules didn't take into account the impact of auto emissions on the environment.


    The court also said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't justify the lower mileage standards for the light-truck category compared with passenger cars, and failed to set standards for heavier commercial trucks and vans.


  • Buzz, sales hot for new Malibu
    The Detroit News, Nov. 18
    It's way too soon to know if the new Chevy Malibu will be the smash sales hit that General Motors Corp. needs.


    But in the world of buzz -- ever more critical in determining a vehicle's long-term success -- GM is unquestionably getting the results it wants.

  • Dealers may be next to face Chrysler cuts
    Detroit Free Press, Nov. 18
    With a cost-saving UAW contract and deeper workforce reductions planned, Chrysler LLC is moving on to another step in its strategy to streamline: working on reducing the number of dealers around the country and sharpening its brand image.

  • Innovation takes the stage at L.A. Auto Show
    Detroit Free Press, Nov. 18
    LOS ANGELES -- The car-loving West Coast city finally got the auto show it deserves, as the world's leading automakers rolled out exciting new models and touted their latest technologies last week.

  • Groovy! The GM beat goes on
    The Detroit News, Nov. 18

    When GM's Vice Chairman Bob Lutz announced the carmaker would begin production of the Chevy Beat mini car, he noted that more than 1.8 million people voted on which vehicle was their favorite.


    The Beat, he told journalists at the Los Angeles Auto Show, pulled out a narrow victory over the Groove. The other concept mini car was named the Trax. Voting began around the time of the New York Auto Show in April.

CADA forwards news articles and opinion columns of interest through Open Road
to inform members of current events. These in no way reflect the views, opinions,
and/or positions of CADA or its member dealers. They are sent for informational
and educational purposes only.


Legislative PoliCY Committee Addresses Concerns

The CADA Legislative Policy Committee met last week to discuss possible upcoming legislative concerns. Ritter’s Colorado Climate Action Plan, which includes the issuance of an Executive Order that would likely mandate emission standards of CA-LEV, was discussed at length. The plan can be obtained by CLICKING HERE (see pages 14-15).


The committee expressed their concerns about ceding to an out of state authority. The Colorado Air Resources Board (CARB) is responsible for responding to air quality changes in the state of California. If the state of Colorado adopts CA-LEV standards, Colorado will be at the mercy of expectations and mandates from CARB. Colorado dealers are willing to educate and work with the Governor so that this does not happen. It is important to understand the implications of mandating such an order. Should CA-LEV be instated, it will ultimately reduce consumer choice of vehicles and will likely create the “jalopy” effect, in that consumers may not want to purchase the automobiles available, because of limits on choice and size. This could result in the would-be car buyer to retain their older, higher emitting car and therefore contribute to increased emissions into the air.


Other issues discussed included The GAP cap increase, Sunday sales, lender release of title, and tightening the Franchise Act. Several topic groups were formed to study and report findings back to the LPC:  these include off-site sales and title processing. 


LPC meetings are planned for the second Tuesday of each month. The next LPC meeting will be held on December 11 at 7:30 a.m. at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association office at 290 E Speer Blvd in Denver. We welcome your involvement!  If you would like to attend the meeting or if you would like more information, please contact Nancy Burke at or by calling 303-457-5115.





Effective Jan.1, 2008, a revised Motor Vehicle Sales Contract Disclosure provision will be required (currently, CADA forms 1-85 and 9-90). Additionally, the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board has developed an official state form (DR 2434, yet to be finalized and released) for dealerships. The official rulemaking hearing to adopt and finalize this form was just completed Nov. 8. After some additional edits are made, the official form will be made available online, and CADA will obtain an inventory of this form for sale to dealerships as soon as possible—mid-December is likely


The new provision being added is one required by last year’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Board (MVDB) sunset legislation, and notifies consumers of the existence of the MVDB and that it is the proper place to file and investigate complaints against licensed dealers. The final language is as follows:


The Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer Board has the authority to investigate all complaints arising from the sale of a Motor Vehicle/Powersports Vehicle from a licensed dealer. Any complaints should be forwarded in writing to the Auto Industry Division on behalf of the Dealer Board to 1881 Pierce St. #142, Lakewood, CO 80214, or you may send via fax to 303-205-5977. You may visit our website at or contact us at 303-205-5604.


CADA will inform all members when the new form is released, and when we have an inventory of the revised forms.


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ReMinder: sTATE mINIMUM wAGE cHANGEs jAN. 1, 2008

As a reminder, last November Colorado voters passed Amendment 42, the state's minimum wage initiative. That amendment to the Colorado Constitution [Article XVIII, Section 15] raised the minimum wage for hourly workers from $5.15 per hour to $6.85 per hour for 2007. That figure also now increases annually based on the Consumer Price Index. See the Jan. 3, 2007, inaugural issue of Open Road, New Minimum Wage, for more background and details of that amendment. 


Effective Jan.1, 2008, Minimum Wage Order Number 24 applies the CPI in accordance with the Colorado Constitution to establish a new state minimum wage rate of $7.02. Visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for more details at: (a fact sheet and the new Wage Order Number 24 both available on the division’s web site). 


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El Paso County Announces reduced Hours


El Paso county has announced reduced hours through the end of the year to address a budget shortfall. The following is posted on their web site:  (see “Office Closures”).


To help address the $4.1 million revenue shortfall, El Paso County Offices, including the Clerk & Recorder’s Office, announced office closures for the remainder of 2007


CLICK HERE to view more detail of the closures.


Note that they do indicate: The Chapel Hills Motor Vehicle Branch will be open Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, & Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topics, please contact:

DISCLAIMER: CADA is not authorized to dispense legal advice. The Information contained in this weekly email is intended to provide important updates and reminders regarding statutes, litigation, and regulations. CADA always advises that dealers
should consult legal counsel on the specifics of any laws or regulations to ensure proper compliance.



Event Description Date/Time Location


Heidi Van Genderen, Senior Advisor on Climate Change & Energy, Gov.Bill Ritter’s Office


Tuesday, Nov. 27
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

lunch included

Cherry Hills Country Club
4125 S. University Blvd.
Cherry Hills Village, 80113 Attendees can register through
CADA via phone, fax or e-mail.
P: 303.831.1722
F: 303.831.9100

CLICK HERE to download a registration form.
NADA 91st Annual Convention & Expo Feb.9-12, 2008 Moscone Center,
San Francisco, CA
Denver International
Auto Show
March 26-30, 2008 Colorado Convention Center, Denver
CADA Golf Event

Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123



Two Colorado Dealers GRADUATE FROM

Zach Carlson, Glenwood Springs Ford, Lincoln Mercury, and Nick Klahr, Castle Peak Automotive Center, Vail, recently graduated from the Dealer Candidate Academy of NADA. This specialized training curriculum is designed to prepare dealer-successors and key management personnel to operate a new car or truck dealership.

NADA/ATD Dealer Candidate Academy is an
intensive, 12-month apprenticeship course in dealership management. Six weeks of classroom
study are combined with 45 weeks of in-dealership training to prepare students for dealership management positions. CLICK HERE for more information on the NADA Dealer Academy.

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Long-time Colorado Dealer Passes Away

Last week,  Doug Spedding passed away. He was a long-time Colorado dealer, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


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