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Calif. Governor Vetoes Dealer Protection Bill

Calif. Governor Vetoes Dealer Protection Bill

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

Calif. Dealers Score Partial Victory With Passage of Dealer Protection Bill

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

CNCDA: Calif. New-Vehicle Registrations Fall for the Fifth Straight Quarter

CNCDA: Calif. New-Vehicle Registrations Fall for the Fifth Straight Quarter

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

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

May 23, 2018

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

Calif. Dealers Seek New Protections Under State's Franchise Laws

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 Settles California Dealer Suit

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

GM: Dealers Must Disclose Non-GM Parts, Service Contracts

GM: Dealers Must Disclose Non-GM Parts, Service Contracts

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

New Gas Tax Hike Not Enough to Fix California’s Crumbling Roads, Group Says

CNCDA: California New-Vehicle Sales Cool in 2016

The California new-vehicle market leveled off in 2016, with new light vehicle registrations increasing by less than 2% during the final three quarters of last year, according to the California New Cars Dealers Association (CNCDA).

March 9, 2017

California Dealers Question Legality of GM’s Online Sales Portal

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

Calif. Dealer Group Amends Lawsuit Against TrueCar

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

Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice

Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice

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

Calif. DMV Looking Into Tesla’s Referral Program

Calif. DMV Looking Into Tesla’s Referral Program

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

CNCDA Says Tesla’s Referral Program Violates Bird-Dogging Ban