The Bulletin

Volume 2022, Number 17 (2022-09-15)

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Dealers Converge on Capitol for NADA Washington Conference

September 14, 2022

In 1917, approximately 30 auto dealers gathered in Washington D.C. to visit their members of Congress to fend off a proposed 5% luxury tax on…

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NADA: Urgent Need to File Grassroots Comments with the FTC

August 30, 2022

In a joint letter to the national dealer body, NADA Chairman Mike Alford, President & CEO Mike Stanton and ATAE Chair Greg Remensperger penned the…

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Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Legislation Changes the Rules for EVs

August 16, 2022

The Senate passed the Democratic “Inflation Reduction Act,” a $750 billion tax-and-spend bill, on August 7 by a vote of 51-50. This bill includes a…

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WANADA Flu Shot Program Now Open

August 02, 2022

Registration is now open for WANADA’s seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees. WANADA’s flu shot program will be available on-site at WANADA dealerships and…

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WANADA Welcomes New Staff Members

July 13, 2022

Two new staff members have been added to the WANADA team in key positions. Chris Daniel and Joe Hemberger have been brought on to help…

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2023 Washington, DC Auto Show Planning Underway

June 28, 2022

Planning has kicked off in earnest for the 2023 Washington, DC Auto Show.  In the past few weeks, show producers have met with multiple exhibiting…

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The 2022 WANADA Open: Sold Out Smashing Success!

June 09, 2022

This past Monday, June 6, over 140 WANADA dealers and kindred members gathered at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA. It was a…

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Prepare for FTC’s New Safeguards Rule

May 24, 2022

This past October, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced final amendments to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. Although the amendments will not become…

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Maryland Passes Mandatory Paid Leave Law

May 10, 2022

On April 9, 2022, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Time to Care Act of 2022 to establish a mandatory…

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WANADA CEO John O’Donnell Speaks at Greg O’Dell Send-Off

April 19, 2022

On April 14, the city of Washington held a celebration honoring the career of Greg O’Dell, the former CEO of Events DC, at the Walter…

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ADEI Eyes Prince George’s Expansion

April 05, 2022

WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) has long been the best feeder program for entry level technicians in Montgomery County, and recent expansion into Northern…

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NADA Show: Back in Person for 2022

March 23, 2022

The NADA Show was finally back in 2022 and, as always, WANADA dealers were proudly represented. Held from March 10-13 in Las Vegas, the annual…

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WANADA Celebrates Black History Month

February 15, 2022

In 1939 Prince George’s County landowner McCager Mills met with Doffrey Jones, then manager of the Washington Blacksox, a semi-professional African American baseball club in…

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Washington, DC Auto Show: Member Events Highlight Weekdays

February 01, 2022

Once the Washington, DC Auto Show left its better-than-expected opening weekend, the attention turned to several member events planned throughout the week.  None was more…

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Washington, DC Auto Show: Opening Exceeds Expectations

January 26, 2022

Even while the challenges mounted, the producers of the 2022 Washington, DC Auto Show forged ahead. Several manufacturers backed out, citing lack of available inventory.…

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The Washington, DC Auto Show Opens in Two Weeks!

January 05, 2022

In spite of challenges facing the automotive industry and businesses at large, the 2022 Washington, DC Auto Show is set for a grand return to the…

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Washington, DC Auto Show Set for Grand Return, Planning in Full Swing

December 08, 2021

The first in-person Washington, DC Auto Show in almost two years is just around the corner and plans are rapidly moving forward for the ten-day…

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First Annual Luncheon in Two Years a Resounding Success

November 09, 2021

WANADA’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Luncheon, the first large, indoor gathering of the membership in nearly two years, was a resounding success.  Over 200 dealers…

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Last Chance to Register for the WANADA Annual Luncheon!

October 27, 2021

WANADA’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Luncheon is fast approaching! The automotive networking event of the fall is set to be held next week, Thursday, November…

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Registration Now Open for WANADA Annual Luncheon on Nov 4

October 14, 2021

Registration is now open for WANADA’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Thursday, November 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA. Click here…

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O’Donnell Joins MD Rep. Anthony Brown & Sen. Ben Cardin at Local EV Awareness Event

September 29, 2021

On September 21, WANADA President & CEO John O’Donnell joined Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), local leaders, car dealers and climate…

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Sean Spicer to Speak at WANADA Annual Luncheon on Nov 4

September 16, 2021

WANADA’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Luncheon has been scheduled for Thursday, November 4 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, VA.  The luncheon will begin at…

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COVID FDA Approval and What It Means for Employers

September 01, 2021

On August 23, the US Food & Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine.  The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and…

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Reminder: Register Your Staff for WANADA’s Flu Shot Program By August 31

August 18, 2021

Registration is open for WANADA’s seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees.   Once again, WANADA’s flu shot program will be available on-site at WANADA…

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Reminder: Register Your Staff for WANADA’s Flu Shot Program By August 31

August 04, 2021

Registration is open for WANADA’s seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees. Once again, WANADA’s flu shot program will be available on-site at WANADA dealerships…

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DC DMV to Halt Some In-Person Dealer Services as Public Walk-Up Appointments Resume

July 21, 2021

With the DC DMV resuming walk-in appointments to the public as of this week, dealerships and third-party providers will not be able to utilize walk-in services…

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Register for WANADA’s Flu Shot Program for Dealer Employees Before August 31

July 07, 2021

Registration is now open for WANADA’s seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees. Once again, WANADA’s flu shot program will be available on-site at WANADA…

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WANADA Members and Friends Reunite at 2021 WANADA Open

June 23, 2021

It was sunny and warm last Monday when WANADA dealers, Kindred-line members, and other supporters and friends gathered at the Trump National Golf Club in…

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Local DMVs Still Operating on Appointment-Only Basis

June 09, 2021

While jurisdictions across the Washington area have rolled back nearly all of their capacity limits and mask requirements (with Prince George’s County, the last county…

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Register Today for the 2021 WANADA Open, to be Held June 14

May 26, 2021

Registration for the 2021 WANADA Open is now open to all Kindred-line members and others who were not eligible during the Early Bird window. After…

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Washington, D.C. Auto Show TV Special Airs Saturday on NBC 4

May 11, 2021

The 2021 Washington, D.C. Auto Show Special is airing this weekend, showcasing new vehicles from several major automakers in a fast-paced half-hour television showcase. The…

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Washington, D.C. Auto Show TV Special to Air May 15

April 28, 2021

While the pandemic led to the unfortunate cancellation of the 2021 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, WANADA has partnered with NBC 4 and its sister networks…

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Digital Ad Tax Pass-Thru Ban Among Many Bills Passed in Md.

April 14, 2021

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year on Monday night, concluding an unprecedented session that saw landmark bills in police reform, COVID-19 financial relief,…

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Save the Date: 2021 WANADA Open on June 14

March 30, 2021

One of WANADA’s flagship member events, the WANADA Open, will be making its return on June 14 following a year off due to the pandemic.…

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Several Important Business Bills Approved by Va. Assembly

March 17, 2021

Last issue, WANADA reported on the four electric vehicle-related bills that passed the Virginia General Assembly in this year’s session. But there were also several…

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WANADA Hosting Legal and Ethical Standards Training for Sales/Service Managers

March 03, 2021

With new federal, state, and local regulations and best practices potentially on the horizon, now is a great time to ensure that your sales and…

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Washington, D.C. Auto Show Will Not Be Held in 2021

February 16, 2021

WANADA, which produces the annual Washington, D.C. Auto Show, announced this morning that the show will not be held as planned in 2021. In a…

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WANADA’s ADEI Program Hosts Outdoor Kickoff Event for Spring Students

February 03, 2021

Last month, new enrollees in WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute participated in an outdoor, socially-distanced kickoff event at Montgomery College in Rockville. Even amidst a…

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PPP Reopens Application Portal with $284 Billion in Funding

January 19, 2021

Following an initial rollout last week that prioritized community lenders and small businesses in underserved communities, the Small Business Administration has re-opened the Paycheck Protection…

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New Laws Take Effect Across the Region

January 05, 2021

A new year means that several new laws of interest to dealers are now in effect across the Washington area. Notably, the minimum wage in…

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Upgraded WANADA Member Portal Rolling Out in Coming Weeks

December 15, 2020

As part of the association’s ongoing software and hardware systems upgrade, WANADA has made a significant improvement to its membership management processes. Part of this upgrade is a…

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Kevin Reilly Receives Washington Business Journal’s 2020 Corporate Philanthropy Citizenship Award

December 02, 2020

WANADA Board of Directors Chairman Kevin Reilly, who serves as owner and president of Alexandria Hyundai, was given the 2020 Corporate Philanthropy Citizenship Award for…

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WANADA Holds First-Ever Virtual Annual Meeting

November 11, 2020

Much like every large gathering scheduled for the last nine months of 2020, WANADA’s Annual Meeting was a fully-online event this year. While the format…

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Howard Kurtz to Deliver Keynote Address at WANADA’s Virtual Annual Meeting on November 5

October 27, 2020

WANADA’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually this year, from 11 a.m. to noon next Thursday, November 5. In addition to receiving the annual report…

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Howard Kurtz to Headline WANADA’s Virtual Annual Meeting on November 5

October 14, 2020

Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz will be the keynote speaker at WANADA’s 2020 Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 5…

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Virginia Emergency Safety Standards Now Fully in Effect

September 30, 2020

Please note that, as of last Friday, Virginia’s state-specific workplace safety standards are now fully in effect, and are being enforced. As of this past…

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Save the Date: WANADA Annual Meeting Goes Virtual on Nov. 5

September 16, 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, WANADA’s 2020 Annual Meeting will be moving online this year, and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5…

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Washington, D.C. Auto Show Moving to Late March in 2021

September 02, 2020

Late last month, WANADA announced that The Washington, D.C. Auto Show would be re-scheduled for the beginning of spring. The 10-day show will now be…

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Register for WANADA’s Employee Flu Shot Program by August 31

August 19, 2020

We would like to remind you that registration is open for WANADA’s dealer employee seasonal flu shot program, and we strongly encourage you to register…

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Dealers Win Big Federal Court Ruling Against Major DMS Systems

August 04, 2020

Late last month, Arizona auto dealers were handed a major victory in U.S. District Court, as a federal judge refused to block a state law…

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Reminder: Register for WANADA’s Employee Flu Shot Program

July 21, 2020

We would like to remind you that registration is open for WANADA’s dealer employee seasonal flu shot program, and we strongly encourage you to register…

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PPP Extended; SBA Discloses Info of Large Loan Recipients

July 08, 2020

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department released data on nearly 700,000 businesses who received Paycheck Protection Program loans. The release, which was designed to head off a…

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Area Motor Vehicle Departments Begin Ramping Up Operations

June 24, 2020

Over the past couple of weeks, the state motor vehicle departments in our region have begun expanding their appointment-only in-person services, as the rate of…

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Register for WANADA Flu Shot Program by August 31

June 16, 2020

Registration is now open for WANADA’s seasonal flu shot program for dealership employees. With the COVID-19 epidemic already resurging in many states, there is a…

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Regional Re-Open Statuses Vary as No.Va. Readies for Phase 2

June 10, 2020

On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that all of Northern Virginia would enter Phase 2 of the Forward Virginia re-opening plan. Beginning Friday, the…

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Some In-Person DMV Services Resume Around the Region

June 03, 2020

The motor vehicle departments in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have expanded their in-person services across the Washington region, following the introduction of first-phase re-opening plans.…

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In Memoriam: Jack Pohanka

May 19, 2020

It is with sadness and a profound sense of reflection that WANADA reports the passing of its longtime dealer member and past chairman, John J.…

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WANADA’s Webinar on May 14 Covers PPP Loan Forgiveness and More

May 12, 2020

Through the CARES Act, the Treasury Department has made nearly $1 trillion available for small- and medium-sized employers, via programs including the Employee Retention Tax…

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Feds Issue More Guidance as SBA Funds Run Low Once Again

May 05, 2020

In just the first week after the Paycheck Protection Program was replenished, the Small Business Administration reported that more than half of the newly-allocated funds…

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Seeking Feedback About WANADA COVID-19 Resources

April 28, 2020

We at WANADA are working diligently to ensure our dealers, Kindred-Line members, and other supporters are staying up-to-date about COVID-19 and the myriad effects it…

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2020 WANADA Open Cancelled

April 21, 2020

The 2020 WANADA Open, which had been scheduled for mid-June, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WANADA will have an announcement later in…

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WANADA’s New TV Commercial Reminds Region that Dealers Are Open for Business

April 14, 2020

On Monday, WANADA launched a new television announcement, which can be viewed at this link. The new commercial reinforces one of the organization’s key message…

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WANADA is Helping Our Members During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 07, 2020

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty for businesses of all sizes, WANADA is committed to doing everything possible to support our members during this crisis.…

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D.C., Maryland, Virginia Stay-at-Home Orders in Effect

March 31, 2020

The leaders of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia all issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, further emphasizing to residents the importance of remaining homebound except to partake…

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Supporting Our Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 25, 2020

Beyond the very scary and real health threat facing all of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented series of challenges for business owners…

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Be Alert: Help Prevent Scams and Theft at Dealerships

March 10, 2020

WANADA has recently been letting member dealers know about a spate of auto theft and fraud cases going on throughout the region. While the recent…

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In Memoriam: Archie Avedisian

February 25, 2020

It is with sadness and reflection that WANADA reports the passing of longtime staff member and Washingtonian, Archie Avedisian. At age 91, he passed peacefully,…

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The 2020 Washington Auto Show Opens to the Public With Strong Attendance

January 29, 2020

The 2020 Washington Auto Show, WANADA’s crown-jewel event and the largest annual public indoor event in Washington, D.C., opened its doors to the public last…

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Reminder: Important Washington Auto Show Information for Dealers

January 20, 2020

With the 2020 Washington Auto Show opening to the public on Friday, WANADA member dealers and Kindred-Line members should have received their tickets in the…

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Important Washington Auto Show Information for Dealers

January 07, 2020

The 2020 Washington Auto Show is a little more than two weeks away, and WANADA member dealers and Kindred-Line members should have received their tickets…

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The 2020 Washington Auto Show is Just Weeks Away!

December 03, 2019

­­­WANADA’s flagship event, The Washington Auto Show, is less than two months away, with the show opening to the public at noon on January 24,…

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Maryland, Virginia Governors Agree to Expand Potomac Bridge, Add Toll Lanes

November 19, 2019

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a bi-state, bi-partisan agreement last week to widen the American Legion Bridge on the Capital…

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Washington area sales up 0.9% in 2018, up 12.8% in 4th quarter

March 19, 2019

After an up-and-down year, Washington-area new vehicle sales rallied in the fourth quarter and ended 2018 with a 0.9 percent gain over the prior year.…

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All dealers should have a social media policy

February 19, 2019

Recent news from Pennsylvania shows that all dealers should have a social media policy. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro recently announced legal action against dealerships…

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NADA Show sweeps through San Francisco, projecting dealer resilience

February 06, 2019

This year’s NADA Show in San Francisco, which started the day before President Trump announced a temporary end to the government shutdown, showed dealer resilience…

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Watch for these FTC dealer hot button issues

January 25, 2019

Although much has been made of the Trump administration’s efforts to cull regulatory enforcement across the government, there have been exceptions. The U.S. Consumer Financial…

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How will shutdown affect Washington area economy?

January 08, 2019

With President Trump saying the partial government shutdown could go on for months or years as Congress refuses to agree to funding for the president’s…

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Area sales drop 0.8% in third quarter, down 3.1% through September

December 28, 2018

Washington area auto sales continued their yearlong slide downward in the third quarter, dropping 0.8 percent in the quarter and 3.1 percent year-to-date through September.…

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John Bowis is WANADA’s 2019 Time Dealer of the Year

December 13, 2018

WANADA is pleased to announce that John Bowis, president of Chevy Chase Acura in Bethesda, and chairman of WANADA, will represent the Metropolitan Washington Area…

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WANADA Luncheon keynoter, Ed Henry, Fox News discusses nation’s extremism

November 29, 2018

Speaking at the WANADA Annual Meeting and Luncheon on November 14, 2018 at the Ritz/Tysons Corner, Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry expressed some…

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Ed Henry, Fox News, to address WANADA Annual Meeting & Luncheon, Nov. 14

October 02, 2018

Fox News Channel’s Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry will give the keynote address at the WANADA Annual Meeting & Luncheon, Wed., Nov. 14, at the…

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Mercer sees evolution, not revolution, for future of dealerships

September 20, 2018

Forecaster Glenn Mercer sees many changes coming to the auto sales landscape in the U.S., but no significant disruption to the dealership business model. He…

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Register now for Glenn Mercer’s talk on future of dealership

September 04, 2018

Time is running short to sign up for the WANADA-sponsored presentation by auto industry analyst Glenn Mercer on the Dealership of Tomorrow on Thursday, Sept.…

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WANADA offers new vision plan for members, insurance clients

August 22, 2018

WANADA is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Vision Trust plan to all association members and/or insurance clients. The new Vision plan is…

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WANADA goes to Beijing Auto Show

May 02, 2018

For the first time, WANADA officials – represented by Chairman John Bowis and CEO John O’Donnell – attended the Beijing, China Auto Show. The visit…

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Geoff Pohanka carries NADA agenda to members of Congress

April 24, 2018

Last week, WANADA’s NADA, Director Geoffrey Pohanka met with several Washington-area members of Congress to discuss NADA’s legislative priorities, in conjunction with NADA’s Legislative Affairs…

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WANADA Dealer Practices Seminar

April 17, 2018

WANADA will host a Dealer Practices Seminar for its members on Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Bethesda Marriott Suites.…

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WANADA Dealer Practices Seminar

April 10, 2018

WANADA will host a Dealer Practices Seminar for its members on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00  a.m. at the Bethesda Marriott…

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February sales down 2.3 percent, but SAAR still strong

March 07, 2018

February is usually one of the weaker months of the year for auto sales, and in that respect, last month was not atypical. Sales fell…

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Washington area sales fell 7% in fourth quarter, 9.6% in 2017

February 28, 2018

Unlike the usual pattern of Washington area sales rates topping U.S. new-vehicle sales, last year saw lower sales for our region in the fourth quarter…

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Maryland paid sick leave now in effect; check for compliance

February 22, 2018

The Maryland paid sick leave law took effect Feb. 11, 2018. All businesses with at least 15 employees must provide five paid days of sick…

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2018 Washington Auto Show opens to enthusiastic crowd, Friday, Jan. 26

February 02, 2018

Various circumstances aligned this year to help the Washington Auto Show (WAS) open successfully and on time to the public. The federal government reopened just…

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2018 Washington Auto Show Industry/Media Days launched this week with action-packed schedules

January 26, 2018

Industry Days for the 2018 Washington Auto Show (WAS) were eminently successful Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Jan. 23 through Jan. 24 on Capitol…

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New DOD interpretation of Military Lending Act affects dealers

January 12, 2018

A new interpretation of the Military Lending Act (MLA) by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) should cause dealers to question whether they will sell…

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Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Toyota donate $5,000 to ADEI tech training

January 05, 2018

WANADA would like to thank Fitzgerald Auto Mall, spearheaded by dealers Jack and Dottie Fitzgerald, who made a generous donation of $2,500 to the Automotive…

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Expanded MobilityTalks International at The Washington Auto Show

December 19, 2017

MobilityTalks International, which had its premiere at the 2017 Washington Auto Show (WAS), boasts an expanded schedule for 2018 with speakers from all over the…

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WANADA set for Annual Meeting and Luncheon Nov. 17 at Ritz/Tysons

November 14, 2017

Everything is ready for WANADA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon this Friday, Nov. 17, at the Ritz-Carlton/ Tysons Corner. Popular Fox News anchor Bret Baier…

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FTC Vehicle Transaction Rule to Complicate Vehicle Sales

September 14, 2022

By far the most important and potentially disruptive policy issue today is the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recently proposed “vehicle transaction” rule that would overwhelm…

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Supply Chain Disruptions Relief Act to Bring LIFO Relief

September 14, 2022

Although the looming FTC vehicle transaction rule is the most ominous and important policy matter facing dealers today, another major need has to do with…

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Fight Rising Catalytic Converter Theft

September 14, 2022

The third federal policy priority for car dealers to be aware of surrounds the theft of catalytic converters. Catalytic converters are being stolen at increasingly…

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WANADA Tag & Title Partner Adds Processing for New York

September 14, 2022

Early this year, WANADA partnered with Maria’s Tag & Title to offer our members a solution for processing title work. Many dealers have already signed…

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Save the Date for the 2022 WANADA Annual Meeting!

September 14, 2022

Currently slated for the evening of November 9 at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD, the 2022 WANADA Annual Meeting will be a departure…

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ADEI Kicks off Semester at Montgomery College

August 30, 2022

On August 25, WANADA executives, college officials, manufacturer representatives and participating service managers gathered with an incoming cohort of 30 automotive apprentices to kick-off the…

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WANADA Tag & Title Partner Adds Processing for New York

August 30, 2022

Early this year, WANADA partnered with Maria’s Tag & Title to offer our members a solution for processing title work. Many dealers have already signed…

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EV Tax Credit Changes in the Inflation Reduction Act

August 30, 2022

As part of the agreement that led to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the existing Section 30D EV tax credit was substantially modified. Specifically, Senator…

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