Dealers set to head to Capitol for Policy Conference

Dealers from across the U.S. will head to Washington, D.C., next week to represent the used automobile industry on Capitol Hill.

The NIADA Policy Conference is Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. The two-day event brings dealers together with members of Congress and regulators to discuss real legislative and regulatory issues facing the independent automobile industry.

Tuesday, dealers will hear from representatives from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. After a training session about the Day on the Hill, NIADA will hold the PAC Cup Dinner.

The PAC Fund helps NIADA support candidates for office who share NIADA’s philosophy.
Wednesday, dealers will spend the day meeting with lawmakers. Among issues the NIADA will be addressing with lawmakers are 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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