1. December Magazine Issue 2. Scott to propose title and registration fee rollbacks. 3. 1/17 Tampa Town Hall Meeting 4. FIADA Live Webinar 5. Auction Tips for Dealers 6. Car Dealers to Pay $5 for Ads on Craigslist 7. Get Published 8. Become a Certified Master Dealer 9. FIADA Office Closed December 25 & January 1 10. Seasons Greetings
Scott to propose $401M rollback of Crist auto-fee hikes
Gov. Rick Scott will make an election-year pledge Thursday to cut $401 million in auto-tag fees that could save a typical driver about $25 yearly and put some political heat on his 2014 challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Scott plans to make the announcement in Tampa -- Crist's stronghold -- but he isn't expected to detail an additional $100 million in other tax and fee relief he might want. Read More.
1/17 Tampa Town Hall Meeting
Join us for free training, networking, vendor expo and lunch
Legal Q&A Speaker: Rob Sickles, FIADA General Counsel This segment is always packed full of information regarding recent court decisions. Ask an expert your burning legal questions. Join Rob Sickles, FIADA's General Counsel in this interactive legal discussion.
Buying, Reconditioning & Purging Inventory Moderator: Lisa Compagno Panelists: Jim Winterick and Paul Matton A comprehensive look at the buying, reconditioning and purging process of inventory by a panel of industry experts including seasoned Florida dealers and a representative from a local auction.
FIADA Live Webinar | Your Action Plan:Ten Things That Every Dealership Manager Should Know
Mark your calendar to attend our free FIADA live webinar on Thursday January 23rd at 11:00AM EST. As we move into the next year, this session will discuss common legal issues dealership mangers face and how to appropriately handle situations. Learner objectives include:
-Best practices to avoid liability -Identify top ten "hot action items” for 2014 -How to be a better manager
Let the top ten action items for 2014 help you continue the path toward prevention of workplace conflict and problems. This webinar will be presented by David Buchsbaum who is a partner with Fisher & Phillips in Fort Lauderdale. His practice involves representation of management in all areas of labor and employment law. A significant portion of his practice focuses on wage and hour law, emphasizing issues relating to minimum wage, overtime, timekeeping, and wage-payment requirements.
Auction Tips for Dealers
Know what to do and what to avoid when attending an auction? What happens if you make a mistake and bid on the wrong car? This week, FIADA added an exclusive interview with an auction Assistant General Manager, Ellen Westpfahl, to our YouTube library. This video provides guidance for dealers who are new to the bidding process and is a great resource for employees who want to learn more about how auctions work. Learn insider tips that will help you avoid mistakes and be prepared for buying and selling cars at the auction.
Car Dealers Set to Pay $5 for each ad on Craigslist
According to Craigslist's fact sheet the site receives more than 100 million classified ads each month (including reposts and renewals). The site also receives visits from 60 million US users every month, making it one of the most popular sites online. Even though the company has received some negative press due to some criminal activities, the platform is still used by a large number of people, mainly because the service is free. However, starting December 3, 2013 Craigslist is charging car dealers $5 per vehicle for a 30 day listing across the US. Read More.
One of the benefits of being a FIADA member is learning from other dealers’ successes. If you have an article or topic that would benefit Florida Independent Dealers, we would love to consider publishing it in one of our Independent Dealer 2014 issues. We’re also scheduling speakers for our 2014 webinar series. Please contact if you are interested in participating in one of these opportunities.
Become a Certified Master Dealer
Next month, FIADA is partnering with NIADA to offer the Certified Master Dealer (CMD) program to our Florida dealers. Not sure if the CMD program is for you? Mickey Mantle once said, "It is unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life." Start your New Year off by building your credentials and attending the CMD program. This is the industry’s most respected training program and it was designed specifically for dealers who are committed to the industry and support ethical business standards and practices. More information is available here and you can register here.
When: January 18-20, 2014 8am-5pm
Where: Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore 2225 N Lois Ave Tampa, FL 33607 Cost: $2,495 per person
FIADA Office Closed Christmas and New Years
The FIADA office will be closed Christmas Day, December 25 and New Years Day, January 1.
The office will be open during normal business hours from 8:30am - 5:00pm on December 26-27, December 30-31 and January 2-3.
Seasons Greetings from FIADA!
Thank you for your continued support of your association.
We Wish You Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!