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
While the bill further strengthens dealer protections and updates others, several protections aimed at future services and opportunities for automakers to serve customers directly were stripped out of the bill prior to last Thursday’s unanimous vote by the California Legislature.
September 5, 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
TrueCar has agreed to switch California auto dealers from a pay-per-sale to a flat-fee subscription model and double their indemnity to $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.
December 15, 2017
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
The original lawsuit, filed last May, charged TrueCar with acting as a dealer and a broker when it does not have a dealer or broker license. The new amendment asks the court to declare that TrueCar continues to act as a 'dealer' and 'broker” without license.
January 6, 2016
In response to the state dealer association’s claims that Tesla Motors is in violation of state and federal advertising laws, the state DMV issued a warning to electric vehicle makers about adhering to such laws.
October 30, 2015
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
The California New Car Dealers Association has called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motors’ referral program, which the trade groups said constitutes “bird-dogging.”
September 1, 2015
In a regulatory filing this week, TrueCar said it considers a federal antitrust case against dealers to be closed. The FTC was looking into whether dealers refusing to do business with the car-shopping site back in 2011 and 2012 violated the FTC Act.
August 13, 2015
The firm that filed a mass action lawsuit against TrueCar in March has filed a second suit against the car-shopping site, this time on behalf of current TrueCar subscribers.
August 4, 2015
The California New Car Dealers Association filed a lawsuit against TrueCar last Wednesday, alleging the that the shopping site is not in compliance with certain sections of the California Vehicle Code — a claim TrueCar has denied.
May 21, 2015
The California New Car Dealers Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday against TrueCar, alleging that the shopping site is not in compliance with certain sections of the California Vehicle Code.
May 20, 2015
First introduced in February, the bill would increase disclosures, improve safety and provide additional cost protections for consumers who purchase or own used recalled vehicles, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.
March 19, 2015
The California New Car Dealers Association has reached an agreement with bipartisan legislators to author legislation that will increase disclosure of recalls and improve safety.
February 12, 2015