JOIN US IN BRISBANE FOR AADA2021 FUTURE FOCUSED

The AADA National Dealer Convention & Expo is excited to announce AADA2021 Future Focused, a welcome return to our traditional Convention in the vibrant city of Brisbane this September. AADA2021 Future Focused will present an action-packed onsite program and also…

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…

THE YEAR OF REFORM FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

2021 is looking set to see an unprecedented level of regulatory reform to the Australian automotive new vehicle industry which will benefit new vehicle Dealers. These reforms have largely come about due to the advocacy and lobbying carried out at…

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…

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…

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…

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…