Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

DEALERSHIP OF TOMORROW (DOT): 2021 UPDATE

“For everything to stay the same, everything must change.” – from The Leopard by G. T. di Lampedusa. Lampedusa was writing about Italian politics in the 1800s, but his epigram also applies to the American dealership scene today. His meaning…

GOVERNMENT REFORMS DRIVE DEALERS TOWARDS A FAIRER FUTURE

On 12 March 2021, the Morrison Government announced that it would be making landmark reforms to the automotive industry in response to “the growing power imbalance” between Dealers and distributors. The Government committed to making the following reforms to the…

DO WE NEED A MOTOR SHOW?

Motor Shows are wonderful events for anyone who loves cars. Manufacturers use them to unveil and hype up concept cars, important new production models and innovations, and the public flocks to see these wonders of technology and horsepower. Yet it…

DIGITAL FOCUS OF NADA SHOW

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) held its 2021 Show online in February, and unsurprisingly, the focus was heavily tilted towards digital marketing and online activity. BDO’s Steve Le Bas, Partner – Head of Motor Retail, and Malcolm Thixton, Partner…

ASIC RELEASES DEFERRED SALES MODEL GUIDE

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released a draft of its regulatory guide to the deferred sales model of add-on insurance. It is not yet the completed article, but does provide an insight into the requirements that are…

AADA ACHIEVES MOMENTOUS FRANCHISING REFORMS

AADA welcomes the Morrison Government’s landmark reforms to the automotive franchising landscape. On 12 March, the Government announced momentous reforms for the automotive industry, which will protect Dealers against the worst abuses by some car companies and bring a degree…

SENATE COMMITTEE URGES ACCC TO EXPEDITE HOLDEN PROBE

The Senate Committee for Education and Employment has urged the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to expedite its investigations into the behaviour and actions of GM Holden. On 19 March, the Committee released its final report into the Relationship…

CAR BUYERS STILL FAVOUR DEALER MODEL: SURVEY

New car buyers still overwhelmingly favour interacting with Dealers, and are confident in the process of finding and buying a new car, according to new research undertaken on behalf of the AADA. Zing! Insights conducted an online survey of 500…

SERVICE AND REPAIR SHARING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

On 24 March, the Morrison Government introduced legislation into the Parliament to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information. The scheme will, for the first time, require car Manufacturers to make information about…

DATA SHARING LAW EXPECTED SOON

The Federal Government is understood to be close to releasing legislation regarding the mandatory sharing of service and repair information. Bodies such as the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) have been campaigning for the Federal Government to introduce a mandatory…