1928 - 2016
 
  • IMPLEMENTED FIRST FRANCHISE LAW IN THE NATION to protect dealers from unfair termination and coercion by manufacturers.
  • GAINED REMOVAL OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX on cars and trucks.  Includes dealer inventory.
  • OBTAINED PRICE PROTECTION on inventory and sold orders.  FirstStateLaw.
  • Preserved use of FLAT RATE pricing/system.  Attorney General tried to ban use, assert antitrust claim.
  • GAINED EQUALITY BY MAKING ALL REPAIR SHOPS, not just dealers, subject to regulation.  Circuit Court blocked attempt to discriminate against dealers.
  • Secured changes in state’s VENTILATION CODE to save heat.
  • Saved OVERTIME EXEMPTIONS for salespersons, partspersons, and technicians…three times.  Federal and State.
  • GAINED SUNDAY CLOSING LAW.
  • Preserved credit life COMMISSIONS…twice.
  • Initiated improvements in FEDERAL ODOMETER LAW, through NADA.
  • ENSURED SURVIVOR RIGHTS franchise law passed.  First in Nation.  Manufacturers started to change successor language in franchises.
  • PASSED RELEVANT MARKET AREA law to protect rights of existing dealers from unfair and harmful appointments of additional dealerships for the same-make vehicle.
  • STRENGTHENED STATUTORY PENALTIES by providing treble damages in franchise cases.
  • Exposed manufacturer abuses of TRANSPORTATION CHARGES DURING wage-price freeze in the ‘70’s.
  • Gained right for dealers to have a SERVICES FEE.
  • Protected dealer RIGHT TO CHOOSE voluntary arbitration.
  • Got TRADE-IN CREDIT for sales tax computation.
  • Stopped attempt by DOT to permit VAN CONVERTERS to franchise and directly sell new vans.
  • CONVINCED WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT TO ADOPT RULE ALLOWING ASSOCIATIONS TO SUBMIT AMICUS BRIEFS on why court should accept jurisdiction of a case.
  • Prevented Credit Unions form Selling Cars & Trucks (Upholding Existing Law)
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award for NADA Membership Promotion
MORE BIG ACHIEVEMENTS
  • REMOVED the 12% usury cap law on financing.
  • REMOVED $25 cap for finance reserve payable to dealers.
  • Gained right of dealers to SELL THEIR DEALERSHIP to qualified buyers of their choosing.  First in Nation.
  • Gained the right for dealers to CHANGE THE EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT of their dealership.  First in Nation.
  • Gained LEMON LAW that protects dealers.
  • Assured in law that MANUFACTURERS MAY NOT OWN, OPERATE, OR CONTROL A DEALERSHIP in Wisconsin, to assure fair competition.
  • Assured in law that manufacturers will not compete with their dealers in WARRANTY REPAIR.

SERVICE “FIRSTS”

  • First Dealer Reference Manual, first on CD, first on Internet
  • First state dealer association with Education Department
  • First dealer association to develop formal policy and procedures for endorsements
  • First dealer association to have full time professional executive for its Foundation
  • First dealer association to grant 100 scholarships per year for technician development

FIRST BIG EVENTS

  • Created Insurance Trust for group health insurance for dealers and employees.(1947)
  • Created partnership with “fledgling” WISCO (1973)
  • Created CARPAC for state elections support (1976)
  • Created a council for heavy truck dealers. (1978)
  • Created a legal department (1979)
  • Created a council for used vehicle dealers (1980)
  • Joined with Bart Starr and the Gillespie’s to give Rawhide a chance to expand with vehicle donation program. (1983)
  • First Dealer Point quarterly newspaper for “soft news.”  (1985)
  • Made commitment to RAWHIDE new children’s home (1989)
  • Created the Foundation of WATDA for philanthropy “good works” (1992)
  • Created Health Insurance Corporation (2001)
  • Created a Bankruptcy Manual for Dealer Members (2006)
  • Created a Dealer Viability Manual for Dealer Members (2007)
  • Began offering a free online course to assist in preparation for the Motor Vehicle Salesperson License Exam (2008)
WHAT ELSE, WATDA?
  • We build good PR.
  • We provide value through representation to the legislature.
  • We work through the courts to help dealers.
  • We educate your employees.
  • We monitor endorsed vendors.
  • We are an answer place for the hard questions you have.
  • We coordinate with NADA on national issues.
  • We are a great investment!