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Welcome CIADA’s 2024 President Mike Whistance

Mike Whistance, 2024 CIADA PresidentDear CIADA Members,
I am honored to be taking my turn as President of CIADA. Our association has set the bar for other Independent Dealer Associations across the United States for many years due to the great leadership we have always had in Colorado.
When I started in the car business in 1989, I would have never guessed what a journey it would be. Starting at a Chevy dealer in Wichita, Kansas, on the sales floor to owning our own dealership with two separate service locations has given my family incredible opportunities. I will do my best to ensure you also have those opportunities. I look forward to meeting and connecting with more CIADA members this year.
Mike Whistance, Country Truck & Auto

CIADA Charity Gala Raises $377,511

On November 18, the Used Car Dealers Charity Fund of Colorado raised $377,511 at the Annual Gala where they celebrated their 10th year! The CIADA Charity Fund exists to represent the Goodwill of Independent Used Car Dealers to help Colorado communities with aid, scholarships, and support in order to make a positive difference with families across Colorado.

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Safeguards Compliance

FTC passes amendment to Safeguards Rule

Automobile dealers are now facing an additional requirement under the Federal Trade Commission’s Safeguard Rule.

An amendment approved in October will require auto dealers and other non-banking institutions to report security breaches involving the information of more than 500 consumers to notify the FTC within 30 days of the discovery. The amendment will go into effect May 13, 2024. (Continue reading here)

Educating Colorado Dealers

CIADA January 2024 Title Class

Title Training Course
Friday, March 22, 2024
Class from 9:00AM to 1:00PM; $99 per person

Online Safeguards Compliance Course
The Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline for companies to comply with changes implemented to strengthen the data security safeguards. Read the FTC press release here.This course is still available.
$75 for Qualified Individual
$49 for Other Employees
Click here for more information.

Pre-Licensing Class: Prepare Your Salespeople for the Mastery Exam
This is a state-mandated course for independent/wholesale dealers seeking to do business in the state of Colorado.
Every Wednesday, CIADA Office
Click here to register.

We Are Improving Our Community Together

When Executive Director Darla Dakin and Rebekah Cohen attended the 2023 Charity Gala representing Camp Wapiyapi, a free camp for children with pediatric cancer and their siblings, they had no idea what to expect other than a possible monetary donation. On January 10, 2024, Darla and the Camp Wapiyapi Board of Directors were presented a check for $102,000 to help them continue “Changing Lives” of children across Colorado. They are honored to be chosen for this generous donation and want to thank all the donors, sponsors and volunteers who made this possible! THANK YOU! [Click to see more recipients!]

SPECIAL OFFER: Get a one-time targeted email to CIADA members promoting your products/services for only $975! Email David Cardella.

Quality Dealer Deadline: Oct. 18, 2024

Since its inception, the CIADA Quality Dealer of the Year Award has come to embody all that it means to be a dealer who is committed to quality, excellence, outstanding customer service, and to making their community a better place for everyone.

Download the QD Guidelines & Submission Form Here

Scholarship Deadline: Sept. 16, 2024

Now is the time to take action and submit your scholarship applications. Whether you’re a high school senior preparing for college or a graduate student seeking funding for advanced studies, the opportunities are abundant and waiting to be seized.

Download the Scholarship Application Here

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Lessons and Reflections from NIADA Executive of the Year and CIADA CEO, David Cardella


Unlock the secrets to success in the auto industry with the wisdom of David Cardella, NIADA Executive of the Year and CIADA CEO. Join us on this enlightening podcast episode, where David shares invaluable lessons and reflections. From ‘Make a Friend, Make a Deal’ to navigating the ins and outs of the industry, this episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking insights and inspiration. Tune in now to gain a unique perspective from a true industry leader. (For audio only, click here.)

Be a CIADA Industry Partner

Our website is proven to be a valuable resource for Colorado independent car dealers and anyone looking to get into the business, as they provide access to guidelines, procedures and forms necessary to operate in Colorado. Each month hundreds of dealers utilize to sign up for state-mandated compliance courses, order forms, and find out about upcoming events and more. (Get pricing here!)

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Recent News, Events & Announcements

Vehicle Exchange Colorado (VXC) Continues to Accept Automobile Dealer Registrations on Rolling Basis

The VXC program helps income-qualified Coloradans recycle and replace their old or high-emitting vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) by providing approved applicants with a discount on the upfront cost of an EV purchased or leased at an authorized automobile dealer. If you are interested in preregistering your automobile dealer for this program, click here.

Learn More Now

View the 2023 Vehicle Exchange Program Guide
Updated Odometer Discrepancies SOP

Per recent discussions at the County Touchpoint meetings and feedback via a Google survey, the Odometer Discrepancies SOP has been updated effective Nov. 14, 2023. Please follow this version going forward. Thank you for your input.

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• Industry Representation Locally and Nationally
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