A Word From Our President

From the President

Rob Fisher, Northside Auto Sales

As we move into the Spring selling season, I trust everyone is preparing for a robust few months continuing on for the rest of 2017! According to many automotive economists, the outlook for the used car business should see an increase in most sectors. I am sure there will be many changes ahead, but if we keep informed and educated, we will be able to navigate through them successfully. This is why membership in VIADA is a necessity. Of the many benefits of association membership, being well informed and educated in the ever changing business climate are two very important functions of the Association. Let your fellow dealers, both inside and outside of the Association, know of the many benefits that we have to offer! There is power in numbers and we need more dealers on board. Speaking of power in numbers - 10 members attended the VIADA “Day on the Hill” in Richmond. The group attended a Transportation Committee meeting and collectively visited over 20 legislators. Thanks are extended to Lois Keenan and Jamie Davis for organizing this important event. My wife, Dale, and I recently attended the District 7 dinner meeting in Harrisonburg. It was well attended and we were graciously welcomed by District President Eddie Haley and the members of District 7. Lois Keenan presented an update from the home office covering recent legislation of which VIADA had an impact in the current legislative session. Another great benefit the Association provides. While we were visiting the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, we took a few days to stop in on some local independent dealers. We were able to introduce ourselves to 25 dealers and I can truly say they all live up to the word “independent”. There were certainly 25 distinctive examples of conducting business. Several concerns were brought to my attention as well as the impact they have on daily business activities. From curbstoning to over regulation and “over the top” attorneys on the prowl, the list goes on. Many of their concerns can be addressed through the Association. Since there are so many models in the independent automobile business, it is important that we have a commonality and share ideas among each other to improve our business as well as ourselves. The way to do this is through Association membership. I look forward to visiting our other Districts in the near future. This issue of our publication is focusing on our partner auctions. I would like to extend a big thank you to the numerous auctions for their continued support of VIADA dealers. Their willingness to offer discounts via the Auction Card is another huge benefit to you. Take it out of your drawer or wallet and use it! The card has value many times the cost of membership and the auctions are glad to accept it. It is up to you to use it! Dealer Day is set for May 9th at The Hospitality House in Fredericksburg. The speakers and agenda have been set and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. We will cover topics important to all phases of your operation (see page 14). The ever popular Title & Registration session will be in the afternoon. Register Today! – you won’t regret it! I would like to thank the Board and the entire staff for all you do for the Association. Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous Spring! At your service, Rob Fisher VIADA State President | Northside Auto Sales | (703) 368-5666 | rob@northsideauto.com

Rob Fisher, Northside Auto Sales

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