The Bulletin

Volume 2020, Number 15 (2020-05-27)

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Reminder to Dealers: NADA District Director Election Coming Up

May 26, 2020

Washington-area NADA members will be selecting a regional director this year, and WANADA encourages all our eligible member dealers to participate. Geoff Pohanka has served…

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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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D.C. Region Prepares to Start Re-Opening

May 26, 2020

Leaders across the Washington area reaffirmed their commitment to beginning the re-opening process over the coming week, with D.C. and Northern Virginia likely to shift…

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Md. SALT Workaround for Pass-Throughs Takes Effect July 1

May 26, 2020

Under Maryland Senate Bill 523, which was enacted into law earlier this month without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, pass-through entities will be able to tax…

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Dept. of Labor Issues Final Rule on Non-Exempt Salaried Workers

May 26, 2020

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule that explicitly allows employers to offer bonuses, commissions, and other incentive-based payments…

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Memorial Day Holiday Hours Signs Available for Members

May 20, 2020

WANADA has created Memorial Day holiday hours signs for our members. Dealership personnel can publish special showroom and service department hours if they differ from…

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Virginia Resumes In-Person Dealer Sales Licensing Exams

May 19, 2020

The Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board has announced that they will begin offering salesperson licensing exams once again, on a by-appointment basis. Tests will be administered…

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NADA Chairman Peter Welch to Retire at the End of the Year

May 19, 2020

The National Automobile Dealers Association announced last week that President and CEO Peter Welch will retire at the end of 2020. Welch has been with…

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Virginia DMV Offering Limited In-Person Services; D.C. Hopes for June Re-Open

May 19, 2020

The Virginia DMV has begun offering limited in-person services at nine of their branches on an appointment-only basis. In keeping with the restrictions of Executive Order 62, which…

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Latest Update on Stay-at-Home Orders in the D.C. Area

May 19, 2020

The governors of both Maryland and Virginia have allowed much of their states to begin the lengthy and gradual re-opening process, but the D.C. area,…

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