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Legislative Issues

2014 Legislative Wrap Up

FIADA monitored over 27 bills that affected the industry.  We supported the roll back in tag fees and were instrumental in having the surrender stop reinstated. As of July 1, 2014, dealers can place a stop on a customer’s registration if they are in default and concealing the vehicle from recovery.  This is a tremendous victory for Florida’s dealers and FIADA.  FIADA was also able to stop bad legislation, like the used tire bill and a bill that would require notaries to keep a log for 5 years of all the customers they notarize.

For many Buy Here Pay Here dealers the reinstatement of surrender stop was a huge accomplishment. This legislation allows lienholders to place a stop on a customer’s tag when they are unable to locate and repossess the vehicle.

“Within the first two weeks of its reinstatement I was able to recover $1,000. When it comes to representing dealers in the Florida Legislature, FIADA is there every step of the way, protecting your rights.”
– Thomas Mercurio, Prime Autos, West Palm Beach

Click here to view the surrender stop procedure from the legislation that passed. FIADA members - please log in with your username and password and scroll down to tag & title issues.  Not yet a member?  Join now to access.

Click here to view the Roll Back legislation.

Even though this year’s session is over, we are already hard at formulating our legislative agenda for 2015!  We will reach out to key members of both the House and Senate to keep them abreast of dealer issues, educate them how much independent dealers mean to the overall economy in Florida and to help out with their campaigns.

To learn how you can get involved please email Lisette Mariner at


2015 Legislative Session

March 3, 2015- May 1, 2015


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Use this online form to enter either your mailing address (returns the most accurate results) or zip code.  Every member should learn their Senator and Representative(s) – we need you to encourage them to support FIADA supported legislation. (Please note that due to your dealership location you may have relationships with more than one Senator or Representative; if so, communicate with all of them!)


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