NADA: The Voice of the Dealer

The NADA Story

The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to lobby Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience, the National Automobile Dealers Association was born. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new car and truck dealers, with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international.

Advocacy Timeline: NADA’s primary mission as the Voice of the Dealer is to advocate for dealers: to manufacturers, to Congress and the federal government, and to the media and the public. This timeline details NADA actions on dealers’ behalf.

Auto Financing Resources for Consumers: NADA provides tools dealers can use to help their customers learn the basics of vehicle financing and find out how much car or truck they can afford.

Auto Safety Initiatives: NADA wants to help dealers promote informed, responsible decisions by their customers about the safe operation of the cars or trucks. Initiatives include Boost for Safety, the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign, and tire safety. 

Automotive Career Resources: Dealers across the country will host career events for students as part of NADA's Automotive Career Month. Young people receive a "behind-the-scenes" tour of a new-car dealership in their community to see first-hand how the business works in all areas of operation. They have an opportunity to interact directly with dealership employees and view a video on auto careers.

Charitable Foundation: The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization that donates CPR training equipment to health and safety organizations, provides grants to private/independent colleges and universities and helps dealership employees whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters.

Dealers Election Action Committee: NADA’s political action committee, DEAC, helps dealers contribute to the political election campaigns of pro-business, pro-dealer candidates for election or re-election to the U.S. Congress.

Green Campaign: NADA's new Green Campaign — with the theme "A New Car Is a Green Car" is designed to raise awareness of how the auto industry is boosting fuel economy through innovation and new technologies that combat climate change.

Industry Relations
 effectively represents and communicates dealers' interests to the manufacturers. Industry Relations staff members meet with car company senior management a minimum of two times per year to discuss the NADA Dealer Attitiude Survey results. Industry Relations holds additional meetings and dialogue sessions with manufacturers throughout the year.

International Affairs, established in January 2006 in recognition of the increasingly global nature of the automotive industry, provides analysis and serves as an information resource for NADA by monitoring and tracking international developments affecting the auto industry.

Legislative Affairs represents new-car and -truck dealer interests before the U.S. Congress, including a wide range of business, trade, energy and environmental issues that could impact the success of their businesses and the security of the  people they employ.

Regulatory Affairs represents the interest of dealers in the federal regulatory arena. This involves the monitoring and analysis of federal administrative activities, the formation of NADA policies on these matters, and the preparation of guides and bulletins to assist dealers in complying with federal requirements.