Have you had your Congressman to your dealership lately?
Most Senators and Representatives do not understand how an auto dealership works today. When Members of Congress learn about how your business works, they become better informed about how their actions affect your ability to run your business.
Do I need to be informed about NADA’s current policy positions to host my Member of Congress?
No. The foremost issue that any Member of Congress cares about is jobs in their district. All you need to do is show the wide variety of people you employ and how you create economic opportunity in your town.
Do I need to make major preparations to host a Member of Congress?
No. This can be as informal as you wish. It can be as simple as having the Congressman stop by, talk to a few employees, and see your operations.
Dealer relationships are a key part of NADA’s success in Washington, D.C. The most effective way to grow your relationships with your federal legislators is to invite them to your dealership for an informal visit. These events are not complicated, nor do they require knowledge of public policy.
It is simply an opportunity for you to show Congress the intricacies of automobile retailing. It will give the Senators and Representatives an opportunity to meet your employees, who represent a broad cross-section of their constituency. Explain what investments you are making in your business, where the profit centers are, and what kinds of vehicles you sell. If the Congressmen have time, you may want to walk them through a sample transaction, which incorporates many important parts of your dealership, to give them a better sense of how your business works.
NADA will provide support for Congressional Dealership Days, including sample letters for you to use to invite your own Senator or House Member to your dealership. If you want to publicize the event, we can also assist you in gaining media interest.
If you wish to participate in Congressional Dealership Days, or if you have additional questions, please contact NADA Legislative Affairs via email, or by calling (202) 547-5500, or (800) 563-1556.
Locate your elected officials.
To contact your local representatives, look them up on Senate.gov and House.gov.
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