Dealership Advisor

Legal news and trends affecting the auto dealership industry

Feb 12, 2020

What Auto Dealers Need to Know Before Calling or Texting Cell Phones

Imagine your marketing director has just proposed a new outreach program that will use automated technology to make calls and send text messages to potential and existing customers about offers and promotions. Your sales manager chimes in to agree, saying his salesmen are having some success closing deals by texting customers with their smartphones. Right about now, sirens and alarm [...]

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May 09, 2019

Attorney Sandy Lynskey Appointed by Ohio Department of Public Safety to NMVTIS Committee

Former Consumer Protection Chief and M&S Of Counsel Attorney Sandy Lynskey has been appointed by the Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety  to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information Systems (NMVTIS) Study Committee.  The Committee will be studying the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing information included within the NMVTIS system for the issuance of salvage certificates of title in [...]

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Apr 18, 2019

Auto Dealers (and Maybe Manufacturers) Becoming a Hot Target of TCPA Lawsuits

As with all industries looking to communicate with current and potential customers, auto dealers need a robust and well-vetted compliance program to ensure their engagement initiatives comply with federal and state consumer protection laws. Unaware businesses can easily run into issues involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), a complex regulation which applies to dialing and texting equipment, and which [...]

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Mar 08, 2019

AMRA Announces New Officers

The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) recently announced the election of its Board Officers: Jeff Campbell from Monro, Inc., re-elected as Chairman of the Board Kathy Bray from Leeds West Group, re-elected as Vice Chairman Len Vogt from Lenco, continuing to serve as Secretary/Treasurer Greg Dunkin from Hunter Engineering, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer In addition to the Board officers, the Board also recognized [...]

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Jan 14, 2019

Ohio BMV Announces New Certificate of Title Form

In 2019, county title offices will begin transitioning to a new motor vehicle certificate of title form. The implementation schedule varies by county and will take place over several months. The new certificates will be larger (8.5 x 11 inches) and will have a blue-green color scheme on the front. The BMV advises that this larger format will provide additional [...]

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Dec 10, 2018

SCRA Compliance Continues to Take the Spotlight

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has brought the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) back into the spotlight with a recent settlement agreement entered into with Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. The settlement, requiring the credit union to pay $65,000 to seven harmed service members whose vehicles were unlawfully repossessed, comes on the coattails of the DOJ’s first ever landlord tenant [...]

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Sep 20, 2018

Three Things Auto Dealers Need to Know About the FTC Used Car Buyer’s Guide

Though its usage rules may seem straightforward, The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) Used Car Buyer’s Guide includes several requirements that seem to catch many auto dealers off guard. First and foremost, the FTC requires it be displayed on all used cars sold by a dealer. The Guide must contain details concerning the vehicle’s background along with any warranties available to [...]

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Aug 31, 2018

Automobile Advertising – Ohio Guidelines From A to Z

New and used automotive dealers and their marketing partners should be aware of the many Ohio laws and regulations affecting their vehicle advertisements. From the Availability of vehicles to complying with Regulation Z, here is a comprehensive guide that addresses common areas of concern, many that we see frequently in our advertising review work. Auto dealers should be aware that the [...]

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Aug 24, 2018

Tensions Begin to Rise in Car Parts Price Fixing Case

Auto dealers and repair shops have been feeling an economic squeeze, with pressure mounting on multiple fronts. First, revenues have been suppressed by insurance companies as we previously shared. Second, auto part costs are high – maybe too high. In response, a group of auto dealers have sued KYB, an international manufacturer of shock absorbers, in Michigan for alleged price [...]

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Jun 01, 2018

What Dealers Can Expect if Trade Wars Expand to the Auto Industry

Citing national security concerns, the White House is investigating the possibility of imposing tariffs on imported automobiles and automotive parts in an effort to revitalize domestic auto production. Moody’s Analytics estimates that (assuming trade partners do not retaliate) a 25% tariff would add 23,000 jobs to the economy and boost U.S. production by 300,000 vehicles. However, dealers and consumers would [...]

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