Community Support & Events
WANADA and its member organizations have long been known for their generous donations and sponsorship to various worthy causes:
Auto Consumer Education
WANADA has cooperated for many years with the Metropolitan Washington Better Business Bureau and various consumer protection agencies on programs to educate consumers on the vehicle purchase process and the need for automotive repairs/service, and safe vehicle operation.
Entry level auto technician training scholarships and dealership employment. (view webpage)
How about a career in the automotive retailing industry?
Today's franchised new car dealers organization has an exciting variety of career options for those who are ambitious and have high standards for themselves.
Vehicle sales, new and used; finance and insurance; and vehicle warranty administration are dealership departments always on the lookout for successful professionals.
The "fixed operations" of today's dealership is where state of the art automotive technology is applied day in and day out with vehicle service and repairs under warranty or not. For those with the aptitude for advanced technology and the willingness to be trained in the latest OEM vehicle design, a career as a vehicle technician is a passport to second-to-none job satisfaction and job security because such professionals are in high demand by the automobile industry. Auto technology isn't for you? But you love cars and want to sell service? You can be a service writer at a dealership! Or you can work in the dealership service department. Dealership service and parts is as high tech as it gets in the 21st Century.
And don't forget the executive side of the automobile business where many dealer organizations today are multi-franchised and in multiple locations. Today's dealership is always in need of business managers (accountants) and IT professionals.
WANADA has training opportunities through its Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI
) and has an informal placement service for those with experience or who would like to try their hand in the business. WANADA's weekly bulletin to dealer members advertises "positions wanted" on a regular basis. Call WANADA at (202) 237-7200 and consider the automotive dealer management program at Northwood University.
In cooperation local and national safety efforts, WANADA launched Child Safety Stops, the nation's first community-wide, dealer-based child safety seat fitting program to educate parents and protect children
Combating Car Theft and Fraud
WANADA works with area police departments to stop car theft and fraud and apprehend criminals. Correspondingly, WANADA has cooperated with police on public education programs regarding car theft.
Fair Automotive Practices
WANADA has worked with the Better Business Bureau and consumer protection agencies on developing and implementing fair automotive advertising practices within the dealer community. WANADA, additionally, has worked to mediate consumer disagreements and disputes with its auto dealer membership and was one of the founders of the Automotive Consumer Action Program which operated in the Washington area and across the US in the 1980s and 90s.
Washington area new car dealers co-founded and have sponsored and promoted the Washington Regional Alcohol Program
) and its well-publicized and life-saving SoberRide holiday campaigns since 1982.