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Front Royal’s Marlow Beck named Chair of Virginia’s top automotive association

July 21, 2021

RICHMOND, VA (JULY 21, 2021) – The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association named new members to its Leadership team to fight and advocate for the state’s franchised new car and truck dealers. Emily Marlow Beck, the third-generation owner of Marlow Auto Group in Front Royal, Va., was named Chairwoman of the VADA’s Board of Directors. She joined

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A Message from Don Hall

July 18, 2021

Electric Election: Let’s keep your successes alive! Support our summer PAC campaign July 2021 All eyes will be on Virginia this November when we are one of only two states with statewide elections. In an election as vital as this one, you cannot be without a voice as voters choose the leaders who will help

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Reuters: When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gas cars?

July 12, 2021

How many miles do you have to drive an electric vehicle before its carbon footprint is smaller than a gas-burning car? Reuters has come up with some answers by examining data from the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. The news service analysis notes that EVs start off generating more CO2 than gas vehicles during the

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Be sure recall repairs are completed

July 12, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP Recall repairs are critical to manufacturers and to dealers. For manufacturers, federal law requires that recalls be completed. Manufacturers have been criticized for not putting sufficient emphasis on completion of repairs. They are under pressure to make sure vehicle owners respond to recall notices and repairs are

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Allied Member Profile: The Branding Agency

July 12, 2021

A full-service marketing partner providing promotional items, digital marketing, and more The Branding Agency is a full-service marketing partner (without the agency fees). Consider us an extension of your marketing team.  We know that success in the automotive industry depends on the strength of your brand and that effective use of your marketing budget is

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Give attention to VPP chargebacks

July 12, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP We have talked repeatedly about how the compliance world for dealers changed dramatically with the result of the federal election in November 2020.  We have warned about the need for a Fair Lending Program and for a program for pricing voluntary protection products like extended warranties and

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Member Profile: Landon Dalton, Terry Auto Group

July 12, 2021

Landon Dalton began working in the dealership world as a teenager and plans to have a long future in the business   Landon got started early in the auto business as a teenager, doing detailing work on vehicles at Terry Volkswagen Subaru in Lynchburg. Landon is still part of the team at Terry Auto Group,

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Va. updates COVID-19 regulations

June 14, 2021

June 4, 2021 State changes some measures enacted to curb virus With the end of mitigation efforts required by the Executive Orders from the Governor and new CDC guidance relaxing some restrictions, dealers have asked about changes to the Final Permanent Standard, enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19. > Get VADA’s new Mask signage for

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Responding to franchisor criticisms

June 14, 2021

By Michael G. Charapp Charapp & Weiss LLP Always respond to critical letters from franchisors We have regularly written about the need for dealers to give attention to communications from franchisors critical of dealer performance. Franchisors contend they send such communications strictly to help dealers to take steps to improve their performance. Sometimes that may

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