About NADA

 About NADA

National Automobile Dealers Association
8400 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 821-7000 or (800) 252-6232

The NADA Story

The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince 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.

NADA membership is open to any new car and truck dealership holding a sales and service franchise.


  • Represents all franchised new-car dealers — domestic and import — on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, media and general public;
  • Provides education and guidance on regulatory matters;
  • Represents dealers interests with automobile and truck manufacturers;
  • Develops research data on the retail automobile industry;
  • Offers extensive training programs to improve dealership business operations, sales and service practices via NADA University; 
  • Operates a charitable foundation that distributes funds donated by dealers and friends to emergency/medical and educational organizations and private-sector colleges and universities; and
  • Offers employee benefit plans through its retirement services group, NADART. 

A Day in the Life of NADA 
See how NADA works for America's new-car and -truck dealers all day, every day.