Business View Magazine | April/May 2022

63 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 9, ISSUE 4 As the statewide trade association for nearly 1,400 franchised automobile dealerships in nearly 300 communities throughout the State of Texas, the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) represents the dealer body before the Texas Legislature, Congress, and all regulatory agencies. TADA members are part of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the organization representing all franchised automobile dealers in the U.S. TADA is the voice of Texas’ franchised automobile dealers (cars and heavy trucks) in public policy and regulatory matters, advocating on behalf of its members for fair and ethical business practices to better serve consumers in Texas. Members rely on TADA as a valuable resource, providing access to business best practices, educational training programs, legal support, and an annual conference. The association also supports programs for the resolution of consumer complaints – prioritizing consumer welfare by promoting motor vehicle and driver safety, and a safe highway system. By supporting laws that benefit franchised dealers, the automobile industry, and consumers, TADA nurtures a business climate that stimulates growth, opportunity, and financial stability. TADA has existed for more than a century and over time embraces the franchised dealer laws that exist in the state today. Darren Whitehurst, President of TADA, explains, “The franchised dealer system in Texas was put in place to prevent monopolistic behavior on the part of manufacturers selling vehicles directly to the consumer to make sure consumers are getting the best possible deal on the vehicles they are purchasing. Members have an interesting relationship with the manufacturers who supply the vehicles to dealers and regularly have a great relationship with the consumers Texas Automobile Deale The driving voice for change