On-site Convention & Expo Rescheduled for March 2022

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) has decided to reschedule the “2021 Future Focused” Convention & Expo to 8-9 March 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with every aspect of life and made it…

GOVERNMENT JOINS DEALERS IN CALL FOR GM ARBITRATION

AADA has welcomed the Australian Government’s call for General Motors (GM) and Australia’s Holden Dealers to settle their dispute via arbitration. Several government members made statements in parliament calling out General Motors’ poor treatment of Holden Dealers, as two days…

Action needed on skills shortages

The AADA has asked the Federal Government for assistance in addressing a critical shortage of skilled workers in the retail automotive industry. The AADA recently conducted a member survey that revealed almost every new car Dealer is suffering from a…

Discussion paper a step towards franchise balance

The AADA has welcomed the release of the Morrison Government’s discussion paper on the second stage of the Automotive Franchising reforms. The paper will specifically investigate the merits of a stand-alone code, options for mandatory binding arbitration and the need…

Collective Bargaining Class Exemption

The new class exemption granted by the ACCC for collective bargaining will allow Dealers, through their Dealer Councils, to negotiate with Manufacturers on behalf of their network, without having to go through the previous notification procedures which were administratively burdensome,…

Train to be the Best!

In the latest of our series, thanks to legendary service adviser trainer, Lloyd Schiller, of LloydSchiller.com and Brooke Samples of Profit Blueprints, Brooke discusses the importance of ongoing training. If you got a cool new toy, like a drone, and…

Reinvest to remain the best

We would all agree the industry is enjoying incredible profitability as a result of an almost perfect vehicle supply versus demand dynamic and new and used vehicle grosses being the best they have been in 20 years (at least). This…

Who’s winning from COVID?

We’re 18 months into living with COVID-19, and as with any mass disruption, there have been winners and losers. It’s been a profitable time for billionaires, with the US’s billionaire class alone increasing their combined wealth by $US1.2 trillion since…

Tax hot topics for the industry

This article covers tax related hot topics relevant for Dealers. Firstly, the strength of the market for second-hand cars is giving rise to luxury car tax (LCT) liabilities Dealers may not be aware of. Secondly, the Australian Tax Office (ATO)…

It’s a Game Played in Two Halves1

THE MONTH Following a robust June (110,000) July VFACTS was, as expected, much quieter at just over 84,000 reported sales. This reflects the usual pattern of lower demand after the financial year end. That said, June 2021 was up around…

The Future is Electric

Electric vehicle (EV) sales grew over the past year and will continue to do so, with help from the NSW Government’s Electric Vehicle Strategy and nearly $500 million in investment to encourage growth in zero emissions vehicles. The annual report…

Know your state’s EV incentives

The future is electric, that much is clear. Some consumers, like some governments and some Dealers, will be quicker to adapt to that reality than others. AADA put together this visual guide to help you understand what incentives your state…