Serving the Washington Community Since 1917

For 100 years, the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association has served the nation’s capital region by advocating on behalf of franchised auto dealers, their employees, and their customers.

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2022 WANADA Annual Meeting

November 9, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD

Speakers will include automotive industry expert Glenn Mercer and comedian Tom Shillue.

The event is generously sponsored by BG Crovato Products & Services, Chesapeake Contracting Group, Citrin Cooperman, Penney Design Group, RBC Wealth Management & Truist.

WANADA operates The Washington, D.C. Auto Show, the region’s largest annual indoor event.

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NADA picks Geoffrey Pohanka as likely 2023 chairman

The third-generation dealer is president of Pohanka Automotive Group in Capitol Heights, Md.

WASHINGTON — The National Automobile Dealers Association elected Geoffrey Pohanka as its next vice chairman, indicating he is likely to be the group’s chairman in 2023.

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Volume 2023, Number 5 (2023-03-21)

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ADEI Training Initiative

Take your first step toward a successful future in the automobile industry.

The Automobile Dealer Education Institute scholarship is a free, NATEF certified, 2-year technician-training program that combines structured classroom, shop and interactive curriculum teaching with full time, paid on-the-job training.

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WANADA is comprised of 270 corporate members, which consists of new automobile dealerships as well as “Kindred-line” or contractor businesses that service auto dealerships. The WANADA organization consists of a non-profit association, WANADA Business Services Corporation, Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI), WANADA Community Support Foundation, WANADA Insurance Services and The Washington Auto Show.


  • Representation in the local state and national public policy process, and in local and national media.
  • Recruitment, placement and training for aspiring automotive professionals through WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI).
  • Access to health, life, dental and other employee benefits to dealerships and various support industry companies.
  • Promotion of dealer interests through The Washington Auto Show, the largest annual indoor event in D.C.
  • Provide an avenue for consumer dispute resolution.
  • Enrich communities in the D.C. metro area through regular support of charitable, philanthropic and educational organizations.

101 Years of History

Since 1917, WANADA has served as the voice for automobile dealers in the Washington region, advocating for the interests of its members in the media, in local, state, and national policy discussions, and as a provider of insurance and other benefits for its members.

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