A message from Paul John, Executive Director
After a long fight from our members, GIADA staff, and government affairs team, shortly before midnight on Thursday, the conference committee decided to only fix leasing, which stayed in HB340, but everything else in the bill is dead. TAVT tax on used car sales by a dealer stays at “book.” No changes. That’s right, NO CHANGES. No “higher of the two” No “tax on retail” BHPH dealers are protected. TAVT using “book” remains intact. No Changes!
This defeat is a huge victory for GIADA and a huge victory for ALL USED CAR DEALERS IN GEORGIA!!
For the fourth year in a row, GIADA beat multiple powerful legislative stakeholders to strip out any tax increase on ALL used cars.
As was said to our government affairs team, Thrash-Haliburton, at midnight last night by a legislator, “Chalk this one up for the guy working three jobs.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution said this morning:
“The used car lobby worked overtime to kill that provision, and in the end, it was successful”.
Please be sure to thank Lee Cavender and Billy Graham, GIADA board members, who are car dealers just like yourself, for literally putting their businesses on hold to make sure they would be camped out at the Capitol for weeks on end, to be ready meet with legislators and preparing themselves to testify on every car dealer’s behalf. All of the testimonials we did were spot on and helped to change the course of this bill. You would be amazed to learn how many law makers in Georgia do not understand our business, or realize how critical used car dealers are to our economy. Well, they do now, I promise you.
Also, please give thanks to fellow car dealers Bob Rainey, John Weir, and many others who took their time to come to the Capitol, make phone calls, and send emails. It was truly a team effort.
This just confirms that GIADA and all the used car dealers across the state not only have a voice, but we are now a very loud and the most powerful voice. Lawmakers heard us. They know who we are, as they have known for a long time now. They just didn’t know how strong we can be when we are fighting to protect our livelihood! Thank you GIADA members for making the calls and sending the emails. It worked.
Once again, Mo Thrash and John Haliburton, our lobbyists, are rock stars! Without their guidance, leadership and their relationships, trust me, the results would have been very different. I cannot even begin to tell you how many meetings we had with House Reps and Senators to ensure they understood our position, and more importantly, understand our business. Many decisions and judgement calls were made along the way and, lucky for us, they were all right on the money.
This is why 2500 dealers gladly pay their annual association membership dues. It’s very clear what we do for dealers. GIADA is the largest independent auto dealer association in the entire United States. So, if you are reading this and are not a GIADA member, pick up the phone and call 770-745-9650, or go online right now to pay your $250 and support your state dealer association that fights relentlessly to keep Georgia a great environment to do business as a used car dealer. Stop riding for free. It’s not fair to all the dealers that pay their dues every year. Do the right thing, support GIADA, because GIADA supports you! GIADA supports all business models. Retail, Sub-prime, BHPH, Brokers, Digital, Internet, and doesn’t care if you sell 5 cars per month, or 500. GIADA wins because of strength in numbers. We will be facing new challenges next year at the Capitol. We need to get to 3000 members before then. We want to keep government out of your business, and keep vehicle tax low for your customers. Stop making excuses and join GIADA today so GIADA can continue to protect your future.
Spread the word dealers. GIADA is your friend, and really does care about your success. And GIADA has a seat at the table at the Capitol. Help us reach our goal of 3000 members in Georgia. If you need more reasons to become a member of GIADA, read this.
Executive Director, GIADA
Georgia Independent Automobile Dealers Association