In an unexpected decision, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a dealer protection bill unanimously passed by the California State Legislature. The sticking point was a 'complex formula' for determining dealer reimbursement on warranty and recall work.
October 1, 2018
Despite the decline, the trade group expects the California market will end the year with around 2 million new-vehicle registrations. That would be a slight decline from the 2.05 million registrations the market recorded in 2017, providing further proof the market has plateaued after several years of big increases.
August 28, 2018
New legislation aimed at strengthening dealer protections under California’s franchise laws will have its first committee hearing on Monday. One of its provisions specifically addresses the disclosure policy General Motors issued last summer regarding the sale of non-GM service contracts.
April 19, 2018
General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealers who don’t comply face possible termination of their franchise agreement.
August 24, 2017
General Motors responded on Friday to legal concerns raised in a Feb. 8 letter from the California New Car Dealers Association. The automaker said it is not infringing on its dealers' used-vehicle operations, adding that projected sales from its Factory Pre-Owned Collection program will represent 'roughly 1% or less of current used retail volume our dealer network sells.'
February 23, 2016
The state DMV confirmed today that it is ‘looking into the matter,’ almost month after the state dealer association called on the agency to investigate whether the program violates the state’s ban on ‘bird-dogging.’
September 24, 2015