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What’s the tax impact from Payroll Protection Program loans?

May 11, 2021

  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (“CAA”) was signed into law on December 27, 2020.  Included in the CAA were provisions that provided for the full deductibility of all covered period expenses and for no tax attribute to be reduced nor any basis increase denied by reason of the loan forgiveness being excluded from

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Best practices for recalls

May 10, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP   As a franchised dealer, you regularly deal with issues arising from factory recalls. As a best practice, you should involve all departments of your dealership. Under federal law, you cannot deliver a new car subject to a recall unless it is repaired. Unfortunately, we sometimes see

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Pandemic Update: May 7

May 10, 2021

May 7, 2021 Easing COVID restrictions at dealerships? Not so fast. You may have seen news reports about Governor Northam’s plans for easing restrictions in Virginia. The Governor said he hopes to be able to lift restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing by June 15, if the vaccination rates continue to increase and the

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Is it really a lawyer calling?

May 7, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP We sometimes get a call from a client claiming that a customer’s lawyer called the dealership looking to discuss the client’s deal (or most often to discuss terminating the deal).  The first question to our client is how the dealership knows the caller is really an attorney.

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Cox Automotive April Forecast: Hot New-Vehicle Sales Pace Expected to Continue

April 28, 2021

ATLANTA, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — April U.S. auto sales, when announced next week, are expected to reveal a very hot new-vehicle market. The April sales pace is expected to finish near 16.5 million, which is down from last month’s robust 17.7 million level but still a healthy pace for the industry. Sales in March were especially strong

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Review your repair orders now to avoid litigation later

April 28, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP   Chances are that you include fees to your service customers in addition to parts and labor charges.  It has been nearly two decades since there was a major challenge to a fee added to repair orders. There, the national chain Jiffy Lube was charging an “environmental

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Sales of Electrified Vehicles Jump Up 81% in the First Quarter of 2021

April 19, 2021

ATLANTA, April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to an analysis of the U.S. auto market by Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book, sales growth of both electric and hybrid vehicles outpaced overall market performance in the first quarter of 2021. Electrified vehicles – automobiles featuring large battery packs and electric motors in the propulsion system – accounted for

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A Message from Don Hall

April 16, 2021

  True success means planning for succession April 2021 The ride of life won’t last forever. That’s the hard truth. You may have experienced great success in building your business, but those who are true success stories plan for a future for their families and businesses when they’re gone. It’s there in the very word

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Vaccine Update for Dealership Employees

April 14, 2021

April 1, 2021 Information about COVID-19 vaccine availability is regularly updated by the Commonwealth and federal government. Bookmark this page and check back often to keep your team informed of vaccine availability. When we know new information, you will too. APRIL 1, 2021 Governor Ralph Northam today announced that all individuals in Virginia age 16

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