Legislative and Legal Info

Over Seventy Years of Legislative Success

VADA is active each year at the Virginia General Assembly, working on behalf of new car and truck dealers on legislation and regulations that are pro-business and pro-dealer. VADA is considered one of the top lobbying organizations not only in Virginia, but in the country. Numerous states model their franchise laws, recall laws and other statutes on our successes.

 

Your Legislative Team is led By:

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Don Hall

President & CEO

 

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Anne Gambardella, Esq.

Legal & Legislative Affairs

 

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Rick Gallaer

Legislative Chairman

 

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Ralston King

VP Legislative Affairs

 

Right of First Refusal: Protection for the value of dealership groups for sellers and the ability to purchase dealer groups for buyers.

Chargebacks: Limited to 6 months for warranty and sales incentive audits.

Retail Warranty Reimbursement with no surcharges: Prohibition on surcharges to offset retail reimbursement that are in place in other states.

Processing Fees: No caps and protection to charge on manufacturer purchase plan sales.

Limits on Consumer Litigation: Cure offers can limit costs of Consumer Protection Act claims. Processing fees and spot deliveries are explicitly permitted. How much have dealers in other states spent fighting on these two issues alone?

Safety Inspections: Various fees increases and important exemptions for new vehicles and dealer exchanges.

Electronic Titling Fee: Fee is passed through to the consumer.

Workers Comp: Fee schedule to control medical costs.

Transaction Recovery Fund: Restrictions on abuse by consumer attorneys so dealers are not assessed more by the Dealer Board.

Prevention of chargebacks until the dealer has had the opportunity to challenge them, reducing the manufacturer’s leverage in audits.

Protection against mandated facility upgrades, including automatic qualification for facility program requirements, for ten years following factory approved upgrades.

“Buy Virginia” protections allowing dealers to price shop other suppliers for many factory-required goods and services.

Protections against mandated sale of factory voluntary protection products.

Dealer rights to push data rather than being compelled by manufacturers to access the dealer’s computer system.

No class actions under state law, eliminating the costly lawsuits that have plagued dealers in other states.

On Virginia's Economic Front Line

In the COVID-19 pandemic, VADA has provided daily email updates and a website dedicated to the response effort. We keep members abreast of new federal and Virginia legislation, business aid packages, and workplace safety regulations during the Commonwealth’s reopening. In addition, our team has regularly monitored Virginia’s COVID-19 workplace safety requirements (known as the Emergency Temporary Standard, or ETS) and offered guidance to dealers to ensure businesses stayed in compliance of this binding law and avoided significant civil penalties.

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association is pleased to work with the law firm of Charapp & Weiss, LLP. Partner Michael Charapp is a former VADA Board Member and valuable ally in the fight for the franchise system.