NADA shows depth of Louisiana flood damage & need for donations


Peter Welch recently walked through what previously was a lovely neighborhood in Louisiana’s state capital.

Someone recording video followed Welch, the president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, as he passed by shoulder-high piles of floodwater-soaked furniture, possessions, drywall and other debris in an effort to show the devastation and subsequent need for dealers to give toward NADA’s goal of generating $2 million for the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

In front of a brick home with a lush green lawn partially covered in flood-ruined material, Welch described the scene in Baton Rouge, La., where as much as 22 inches of rain fell in a single weekend earlier this month as, “they’ve lost their homes or as you can see here, the homes are still standing but they’ve lost all of their possessions.

“Most of these areas are not in flood plains and therefore no one here has flood insurance, which exacerbates the problem,” he continued in the video that’s posted here.

On Thursday, officials announced a collective $15,000 donation to NADA’s efforts that are providing financial assistance to dealership families impacted by the flooding in southern Louisiana. The Ohio Automobile Dealers Association donated $10,000, and the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association donated $5,000.

“We're grateful for NADA spearheading this effort and are fortunate to be in a position to help,” OADA president Zach Doran said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those employees in need at dealerships in the affected areas, and we hope that our contribution makes a difference in helping get people back on their feet.” 

Dealership families displaced by the flooding can apply for financial assistance through the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund, which provides funds immediately after natural disasters.

“When others are in need, auto dealers are always there to lend a hand,” GCADA president Lou Vitantonio said. “We feel there is no better way to show support for dealership families affected by the flooding in Louisiana then by donating to the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund.”

To apply for assistance or to contribute to the fund, visit www.nada.org/emergencyrelief or call (703) 821-7102.

Checks can be made payable to:

NADCF Emergency Fund
8400 Westpark Drive
MS 7
Tysons, Va. 22102

“We’re asking every dealership in the United States donate $1,000 to adopt a dealership family affected by the flooding. Our dealerships are one big family. When a member of our family hurts, we all hurt,” Welch said.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donations from the dealer groups in Ohio, but we are a long way from reaching our $2 million goal. We are urging all dealer associations and dealers throughout the county to donate to the fund,” he went on to say.

NADA leads effort to raise $2M for Louisiana dealer families impacted by flooding


With Enterprise Holdings sending resources as well, National Automobile Dealers Association president Peter Welch and National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation chairman Annette Sykora arrived in the flood-ravaged areas of Louisiana’s capital city and announced they would seek to raise $2 million for franchised dealership families displaced by devastating flooding.

Welch and Sykora are meeting with dealers and dealership employees in Baton Rouge this week to assess the need for financial assistance. NADA reported that initial estimates indicate more than 1,200 dealership families from 60 dealerships in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas have been flooded out of their homes and desperately need financial assistance.

“At NADA, we view our dealerships as one big family. When a member of our family hurts, we all hurt,” Welch said. “That’s why it’s time to come together and help our dealership family members who are hurting in Louisiana by contributing to the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund.

“We call on auto dealers across America to help raise funds to help families through the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund,” he continued.

The Emergency Relief Fund provides dealership families with funds up to $1,500 affected by natural disasters. Dealership employees can apply for financial assistance through the NADA Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund.

To date, the fund has supported more than 8,700 dealership families affected by natural disasters. To apply for assistance or to contribute to the fund, call (703) 821-7102 or visit www.nada.org/emergencyrelief.

“The flooding in Louisiana has been described as the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy,” said Sykora, who served as NADA chairman in 2008. “Now that the flood waters have receded, the real work of rebuilding begins.

“Thousands of dealership employees and their families have suffered devastating losses from the recent flooding,” Sykora added about the disaster where as much as much 22 inches of rain fell in a 48-hour span. “The need for financial assistance will be significant and will last for months to come.”

Automotive Compliance Consultants heard the call and quickly responded with a donation of $1,000 to aid dealership employees affected by recent floods in Louisiana.

The firm also called on other vendors marketing to dealerships to get behind this NADA initiative and donate

“We hear the call from Peter Welch, president of NADA, for dealerships to donate $1,000 each to the National Automobile Dealer Association’s Emergency Relief Fund to raise $2 million for employees of dealerships affected by these devastating floods,” said Terry Dortch, president of Automotive Compliance Consultants.

“Though not a dealer, we owe it to dealerships nationwide who trust our compliance services to help out like this when disaster strikes so many who feed their families, pay their bills, and live in great communities due to their employment in America’s automobile dealerships,” said Dortch, a former dealer.

President Obama traveled to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, as well, and he echoed some of the same sentiment as NADA's leadership.

"Sometimes when these kinds of things happen, it can seem a little bit too much to bear," Obama said on Tuesday. "But what I want the people of Louisiana to know is that you’re not alone on this.

"Even after the TV cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in their homes and lives are rebuilt," the president went on to say.

Enterprise sending money & vehicles

In the wake of devastating flooding, Enterprise Holdings is working with the insurance industry and disaster relief agencies to help meet the transportation needs of Louisiana residents and first responders traveling to the region.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation — the philanthropic arm of the Enterprise brand — also is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, water and supplies for residents in the affected areas.

“Communication and cooperation are key in overwhelming situations like these,” said Mike Edwards, general manager and vice president for Enterprise Holdings, which operates National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car as well as the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in southern Louisiana.

“After a catastrophic event, there's an urgent and immediate need to support disaster relief teams as they lead cleanup and repair efforts,” Edwards continued.

Enterprise highlighted that it already has deployed more than 3,500 vehicles into affected portions of Louisiana to aid in the recovery process.

“We are coordinating with operations in neighboring states and shipping rental vehicles into Southern Louisiana as quickly as possible,” Edwards said. “We work directly with our insurance industry partners to coordinate and process information for the benefit of our mutual customers.

“We also are in direct contact with relief agencies so vehicles are ready and waiting for them to fan out across the affected parishes,” he went on to say.

NADA seeking funds to help store employees impacted by Louisiana flooding

TYSON, Va. - 

The National Automobile Dealers Association said thousands of store employees have suffered devastating losses from the recent flooding in Louisiana where storms left more than 20 inches of rain in some places.

In light of NADA officials stressing that the need for financial assistance “is great and will last for many weeks to come,” the association is asking members to donate to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which orchestrates its Emergency Relief Fund. That segment helps dealership employees after natural disasters.

Dealers can help the cause by going online to give at www.nada.org/emergencyrelief.

Checks also can be made payable to NADCF Emergency Fund and then sent to:

8400 Westpark Drive
MS 7
Tysons, VA 22102

Dealership employees affected by the flooding can apply for financial assistance through the NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund. Officials pointed out that lost wages or commissions are not eligible for reimbursement from the fund.

Established in 1992, the fund has provided more than $5 million to more than 8,700 families. To apply for assistance, dealership employees can call (703) 821-7102.

Manheim Pennsylvania to host teen driving safety program


As part of its commitment to support local community efforts, Manheim Pennsylvania Auto Auction this weekend will once again host Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe (B.R.A.K.E.S.), a safe driving course geared toward teens.

Auction management highlighted that two four-hour sessions featuring hands-on defensive driving education for nearly 160 teens throughout Lancaster County will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We’ve been proud to support this meaningful event for the past four years, and each year the turnout exceeds our expectations,” said Joey Hughes, vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania.

“As a leader in the auto industry, we want to do our part to contribute to practices that promote education, awareness and safe driving,” Hughes continued.

The intensive driving school is open to young drivers age 15 to 19 who possess a valid learner’s permit or driver’s license and have at least 30 hours of driving experience. Parents are also included in this program, which teaches enhanced levels of concentration and vehicle control under the tutelage of highly skilled professional instructors.

Training consists of a half-hour classroom lecture followed by five hands-on exercises, including accident avoidance, off-road recovery, distracted driving, panic stop and skid control.

“B.R.A.K.E.S. is dedicated to helping teens make safer decisions while on the road and preparing them for the hazardous conditions they will inevitably face,” said Doug Herbert, founder of B.R.A.K.E.S.

“Working with partners like Manheim, we look forward to bringing the training back to Lancaster County as well as to new cities in an effort to reduce teen driving accidents nationwide,” Herbert went on to say.

Manheim Pennsylvania AA management added that the program is free; however, since space is limited, a $99 refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.

For more information about B.R.A.K.E.S. or to register a teen for the course, visit www.putonthebrakes.org

The event at Manheim Pennsylvania AA is the latest safety initiative orchestrated by the wholesale industry. Auto Remarketing highlighted the latest developments in a two-part series that included this feature story as well as this follow-up report.

Galpin ramps up its Summer Sales Event with community efforts

NORTH HILLS, Calif. - 

Southern California’s Galpin Motors announced that it will take its annual Galpin 10,000 summer sales event to the next level with a massive community initiative that involves raising funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), collecting school supplies for local schools and having its employees complete community service hours.

“The Galpin 10,000 has been a fun summer sales event that the local community has supported for many years,” Beau Boeckmann, president, said in a news release. “This year, the team at Galpin has gotten together to take it to the next level. We look forward to reaching our goals and to creating a positive impact within our community.”

Galpin’s community initiatives will kick off with a social media campaign through which Galpin employees, customers and community members can raise money for CHLA by uploading a short video sharing a fond memory with their car to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #Galpin10k or #Galpin10000. Community members can encourage friends and family to share videos as well. For each video Galpin receives, the dealership will make a $1 donation to CHLA.

The Galpin 10,000 will continue its community and charity initiatives throughout the summer. The dealership will strive to contribute as many hours of charitable service as possible in the local community, with activities such as city beautification projects and volunteer work.

Galpin will further its community initiatives with a school supply drive. The dealership will place bins throughout its showrooms to collect the educational items before back-to-school season.

In addition to the three key initiatives, Galpin formed a team that ran in the Wildwood Trail 10k Run on Saturday.

Throughout the Galpin 10,000, all photos and videos will be aggregated on the Galpin Motors’ homepage and reposted from the Galpin social media handles.

For more information and to participate in the Galpin 10,000 initiatives, visit:

— www.facebook.com/GalpinMotors
— twitter.com/galpinmotors
— www.instagram.com/galpinmotors
— www.instagram.com/galpinautosports

Galpin Ford was Auto Remarketing’s CPO Dealer of the Year in 2013.


KAR roundup: IAA's new notary tool & latest charity work


KAR Auction Services business unit Insurance Auto Auctions rolled out its newest offering on Tuesday, something the salvage auction company is calling IAA Express Notary.

Officials highlighted this service allows for the electronic assignment of title documents in an attempt to shorten the cycle time significantly for total loss settlements. This tool is the newest development in the IAA Total Loss Solutions suite of products that can directly allow for more management of costs, while simultaneously boosting customer satisfaction and retention.

Carriers that choose Express Notary as their document delivery service can tap into a national network of mobile notaries who will travel directly to the vehicle owner and execute documents on the spot. The electronic assignment ability can allow the notary requirement to be satisfied at a faster rate, leading to an overall enhancement of the customer experience.

“The mobile aspect of Express Notary markedly reduces the time typically required for a total loss settlement to be processed,” said Pat Walsh, senior vice president of business development at IAA. “Because the notary can meet the vehicle owner at a place and time of their choosing, rather than requiring the vehicle owner to execute the entire process on their own, the results are distinctively more efficient and more accurate, giving customers a greater sense of relief.”

In addition, improved cycle time can lead to a reduction in costs, as insurance carriers are able to save on vehicle rental fees and to better allocate employee bandwidth.

“By deploying mobile notaries, insurance carriers remove the step in the claims process that customers find most inconvenient, which in turn leads to increased policyholder satisfaction and retention,” IAA chief executive officer and president John Kett said.

“Every feature added to IAA Total Loss Solutions further demonstrates IAA’s dedication to consistently innovating as an industry leader to provide a seamless suite of technologies that streamline the total loss claims process for our customers and theirs,” Kett went on to say.

ADESA Boston raises more than $55,000 for JDRF

In other KAR news, fellow business unit ADESA announced that its ADESA Boston location has raised more than $55,000 for JDRF so far during the auction’s annual charity drive.

The main event of the charity drive was the auction’s 16th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in May. This event raised more than $38,000 through a live auction, show entry fees and sponsorships.

“The success of this annual event is astounding,” ADESA Boston general manager Jack Neshe said. “Thanks to tremendous generosity from our employees, our customers, local businesses and law enforcement agencies, as well as the community, we’ve been able to support the important research that JDRF funds to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes.”

More than 50 motorcycles and 180 cars were on display. First-, second- and third-place trophies were awarded by a panel of judges in both the car and the motorcycle categories. Everyone was eligible to vote for the People’s Choice trophy, which went to auctioneer Mike Chambers’ 1975 Volkswagen camper van.

During the past 16 years, the auction’s annual charity drive has raised more than $600,000 for children’s charities including JDRF, a leading advocacy group for people with Type 1 diabetes. The drive runs through June 30.

“This event has become a favorite in the community, and we look forward to hosting it every year,” Neshe said. “The classic cars and motorcycles draw fans back year after year.”

KAR family generates $27,500 for NIADA Foundation

When the bidding ended in the NIADA Convention’s Expo Hall, Andrew Gurowitz was the last man standing.

The owner of Fairfax Motors in Fairfax, Va. — and Virginia's reigning State Quality Dealer — placed the winning bid of $27,500 on a 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited donated by ADESA, AFC, IAA and TradeRev, members of the KAR Auction Services group of companies.

All proceeds from the auction, which was held last week during the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo at The Mirage in Las Vegas, benefit the NIADA Foundation, which spearheads the association's commitment to charitable giving in addition to awarding scholarships to deserving college-bound students across the United States and providing training and educational opportunities to automobile dealers and the general public.

The vehicle, an ivory white 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited with a black leather interior, a sky-slider roof, a wood-grain dash and 9,320 miles on the odometer, will be delivered to Gurowitz free by ADESA/AFC/IAA/TradeRev.

Gurowitz prevailed in a spirited bidding battle with California's State Quality Dealer, Mehdi Chitgari of Classic Chariots in Vista, Calif.

Over the past four years, KAR company-sponsored auctions at the NIADA Convention and Expo have raised a total of $97,200 for the NIADA Foundation. During last year's event, Pennsylvania dealer Andy Gabler bid $27,500 for a 2013 Mercedes C250W.

KAR family again raising funds for NIADA Foundation


For the fourth consecutive year, members of the KAR Auction Services group of companies — ADESA, AFC, Insurance Auto Auctions and TradeRev — will auction off a premier vehicle during the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo to benefit the NIADA Foundation.

Officials highlighted this year's vehicle is an ivory white 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited with a black leather interior, a sky-slider roof, a wood-grain dash and a mere 9,320 miles on the odometer.

The vehicle will be on display in the Expo Hall during the convention, which begins next Monday at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The Expo opens the next day. The auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 16 at the NIADA Dealer Lounge in the center of the Expo Hall.

ADESA will transport the vehicle free for the winning bidder to any location in the continental U.S.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the NIADA Foundation, which spearheads the association's commitment to charitable giving in addition to awarding scholarships to deserving college-bound students across the nation and providing training and educational opportunities to automobile dealers and the general public.

In 2015, the foundation's activities included significant donations to the Heart of a Warrior Foundation, the Austin Disaster Relief Network and other charities.

Over the past three years, the ADESA/AFC/IAA-sponsored auctions at the NIADA Convention have raised a total of $69,700 for the NIADA Foundation. During last year’s event, a 2013 Mercedes C250W sold for $27,500.

Enterprise extends commitment to disaster relief


The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has renewed its $1 million pledge to the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program. Additionally, the philanthropic arm of Enterprise has pledged $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the wake of the Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfires.

This second annual $1 million contribution to the ADGP is in addition to $125,000 already donated by the foundation during the past year to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts for flood victims in Houston, Missouri and North Carolina.

 “As a global organization, we understand how important the Red Cross is to people and organizations across the world,” said Carolyn Kindle, vice president and executive director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation. “We continue to support its efforts to provide comfort and care to communities during their times of need.”

“Ongoing financial support from ADGP members helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance,” said David Staszak, Red Cross chief development officer. “Money donated by the public and ADGP is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster.”

Enterprise's support of ADGP complements the company's ongoing work to provide critical transportation alternatives in the face of natural disasters.

With more than 5,600 neighborhood and airport branch offices throughout the United States and 600 in Canada, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is able to quickly and easily move vehicles around the country and into affected areas. The extensive Enterprise network also facilitates strategic support for insurance companies, utility companies and government agencies so they can get the recovery and restoration process underway as quickly as possible.

In addition, each Enterprise regional operation has an Emergency Action Plan that focuses on how Enterprise's branch offices communicate with each other to ensure that the right number and types of vehicles are available when and where they are most needed.

Tens of thousands have been temporarily displaced by this month’s Fort McMurray wildfires, and many have lost their homes.

“We are thankful that our employees and their families have been accounted for and are safe, but we know the job is far from done," said Jim Thompson, vice president and general manager for Enteprise in Alberta.

"On behalf of everyone at Enterprise, we want to commend the brave firefighters, emergency services personnel and aid workers whose efforts have saved lives and are protecting the community from further devastation," he continued.






Social good campaigns attract car shoppers — if they know about them

IRVINE, Calif.  - 

A majority of respondents to a recent Kelley Blue Book survey said they would be more likely to purchase a particular vehicle brand from a company involved in a social awareness campaign — but a similar majority said they are unaware of any such campaigns.

Many automotive companies have campaigns that seek to inspire social good, and that commitment to charitable causes can resonate with consumers, lending a “human face” to the company and strengthening brand awareness.

Of the 1,172 people participating in the KBB survey, 62 percent said they are more likely to purchase a vehicle brand if that brand is promoting a social good campaign. But 60 percent of respondents said they are unaware of any.

“It’s clear consumers appreciate automakers that give back to the community through charitable work, and they like to spend their hard-earned money with a company that is making a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Karl Brauer, senior director of automotive industry insights at Kelley Blue Book.  “Awareness, however, may be the bigger challenge, with a majority of consumers unaware of any social good efforts sponsored by automakers.”

Highlights from the survey:

— For respondents who had heard of specific social good campaigns, Subaru had the highest percentage of recollection at 61 percent, followed by Honda at 44 percent and Ford at 29 percent.

— Millennials are more aware of the Helpful Honda Dealers Campaign than any other age group. (Launched in California in 2007, the campaign aimed to end the stigma that auto dealers are untrustworthy by sending Honda dealers out into the community to do perform “random acts of helpfulness” such as washing cars and feeding parking meters.)

— Ford, Chevrolet and Subaru are the first brands that come to mind when consumers think of social good campaigns.

— Fifty-six percent of respondents who support these types of campaigns say they would like auto manufacturers to support army, military and/or veteran organizations, followed by children's charities at 42 percent.

— Sixty-four percent expect auto manufacturers to carry out social good campaigns.

— Seventy percent say they would like to see more automakers promote social good campaigns.

—  Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed said they donate money and/or goods to charities.

Crown Group VP raising funds for National Pediatric Cancer Foundation


Joe Lamphier, vice president of sales and marketing for Crown Automotive Group, said he will be participating in Cut for a Cure to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Cut for a Cure is the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s annual campaign to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Individuals who participate in the campaign set a fundraising goal to encourage their friends and family to donate money, and at the end of the campaign, shave their heads in honor of children who struggle with cancer.

Lamphier plans to shave his head on June 15 and has set a fundraising goal of $10,000, which he hopes to reach by that date. He has dedicated his efforts through Cut for the Cure to honor two individuals he knows who battled pediatric cancer: Dana Bertoch-Levin and Remi Stortch, and their families.

“I’ve supported the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation for many years, serving on the board of directors since about 2001 and serving as its president from 2006 to 2007,” said Lamphier, who is the VP for the 23-store group that has dealerships in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee.

“It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, and I’m honored to be able to have this opportunity to participate in a way that can directly impact the lives of the children and families that the foundation works with each day,” he continued.

Pediatric cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease in children, and according to the foundation. Officials said 43 children per day or 15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

All the money raised through Lamphier’s Cut for the Cure fundraising campaign will benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and its research initiative, the Sunshine Project.

To contribute to Lamphier’s fundraising goal, visit this website.

All Crown dealerships earn Environment & Safety Elite status

In other news, Crown Automotive Group also recently announced that all 23 of its dealerships across three states have achieved the prestigious distinction of Environment & Safety Elite.

This program was created by the Clean Auto Alliance, a nonprofit organization that comprises automotive businesses, manufacturers, government agencies and dealerships and aims to address environmental, safety and transportation best practices.

The organization said the Environment & Safety Elite distinction recognizes dealers that meet or exceed best practices spanning six environmental and safety categories, including DOT and supplemental programs, emergency response, environmental, hazard communication, loss control and safety systems.

In order to be considered for this honor, officials said the Clean Auto Alliance takes into consideration a dealership's efforts to stay in compliance with regulations from OSHA, the EPA and the DOT.

“We’re incredibly proud of this achievement, and of the hard work we’ve done to make sure all our dealerships reach the high standards set by this program,” said Tim Reid, facilities manager for Crown Automotive Group. “At Crown, we have a commitment to sustainable business practices, and we will continue to strive to exceed the benchmarks set by the Clean Auto Alliance across all our dealerships.”

All of the group’s dealerships earned this status, which is granted for one year to facilities that meet all the requirements.