Dealers arrive in Washington for NIADA Policy Conference

Dealers are arriving today to Washington, D.C., for the NIADA Policy Conference.

Dealers will be spending the next three days meeting with lawmakers and federal agencies about issues facing the independent automobile industry.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. The registration desk will be open until 5 p.m.

Dealers will also have a chance to register Tuesday morning before the start of meetings. The NIADA Legislative and PAC Committees will hold meetings in the morning before afternoon sessions with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. NIADA staff will hold a Day on the Hill training session before the PAC Cup Dinner Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, dealers will head to Capitol Hill to hold a series of meetings with legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives to discuss, the Federal Trade Commission’s Vehicle Shopping Rule, Right to Repair and legislation to prevent catalytic converter thefts.

NIADA is asking Congress to stop the proposed Vehicle Shopping Rule, which would add costs, more paperwork and extend the sales process.

NIADA and dealers are pushing for lawmakers to support the “Preventing Auto Recycling Theft Act,” which would assist law enforcement in their efforts to combat catalytic converter theft by marking catalytic converters and creating a more transparent market that deters its theft.

The association also is urging Congress to move forward with the REPAIR Act, which would give vehicle owners and their designee access to diagnostics, repair, calibration and service for their vehicles to allow work to be completed by more repair providers, thereby reducing consumers’ costs.

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