Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

THE NUMBERS GAME

May 2020 VFACTS arrived in all its expected ugliness – but with a few surprises both positive and negative. The accompanying chart shows which franchises won or lost – although perhaps given the COVID-19 crisis it’s more a case of…

DEALERS AWARDED OAMS

AADA congratulates Cairns Holden Dealer, Richard Ireland, and Gold Coast automotive royalty, Rebecca Frizelle, after they were both awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) in the latest Queen’s Birthday honours. Mr Ireland received the honour for his service to the…

CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY AFTER COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic and associated enforced shutdown has changed the way we live and work, at least in the short-term. Wherever possible, people are working from home, meetings are being conducted by Zoom, and a business meeting in a…

TYSON SUTTON ELECTED AS WA BOARD DIRECTOR

The AADA Board and Secretariat welcomes Tyson Sutton as the newly elected Western Australia Board Director. Tyson Sutton has been Managing Director for the Regent Motors Group in WA since 2007. The Group is comprised of 12 vehicle franchises. Prior…

INSTANT ASSET WRITE-OFF EXTENSION

AADA has congratulated the Federal Government for extending the expanded instant asset write-off until the end of the year. AADA CEO James Voortman said it was very welcome news for car Dealers and hoped it would help the industry recover…

OUR AGEING CAR PARK A CONCERN

The 2020 Australian Bureau of Statistics Motor Vehicle Survey found that average age of vehicles across Australia is 10.1 years, a figure that is twice as high as it should be. Tasmanian vehicles were the oldest at 12.5 years, while…

AGENCY MODEL RAISES QUESTIONS

With Honda’s announced intention to shift to an agency model, Mercedes-Benz doing the same for electric vehicles, and Volkswagen likewise in Europe, it raises a number of questions AADA believes Dealers deserve to have answered. AADA is not against a…

AUTOMOTIVE CODE – WHAT IT SHOULD COVER AND DOESN’T!

The recent release of the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes – Franchising) Amendment (New Vehicle Dealership Agreements) Regulations 2020 sought to address the power imbalances that exist in commercial arrangements between Dealers and distributors. Below we explain some of the…

THE COVID CREDIT SQUEEZE

While the Federal Government has sought to keep credit flowing in the Australian economy during the COVID-19 economic slowdown, individuals who would normally have no issue financing a vehicle are having their credit applications denied. AADA has heard of many…