As our industry begins the journey into the new year, we recognize that you continue to face challenges in our rapidly changing industry.  As such, there has never been a better time to be involved in your association.  The impact IADA has in representing Idaho dealers can make the difference in ensuring your dealership is viable.  Our primary mission is to look out for your dealership, protect your investment, and help ensure your continued success.

As the Industry has evolved, so too has the IADA.  Two important changes for the Association are the hiring of Jim Addis as our Vice-President and partnering with DFI as your source for most of your dealership supplies. 

As a former dealer, Jim served on our board for 14 years, with 2 terms as President, and served several years as DEAC Chairman.  During these two terms the Association was able to pass sweeping franchise legislation reform, strengthening our positions with our manufacturers, eliminating predatory practices, and putting, in statute, your right to retail reimbursement for warranty repair work.  Jim also serves in the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 4 in Coeur d’Alene.  His presence at the Capitol will help ensure our association is aware of pending legislation that may impact our franchises.  This awareness will also help the Association in future legislative efforts.

In late 2019, the IADA Board changed how the Association ran its dealer store.  The IADA has partnered with DFI as our endorsed vendor for most dealer supplies, excluding those forms that the IADA holds the copyright: V-202 and V-303 Retail Installment Contracts, IADA-4 Idaho Standard Credit Application, and IADA-10 Idaho Odometer Statement.  While we will continue to supply these 4 forms, I encourage your dealerships to purchase as much as they can from DFI as this directly supports your IADA.  This change allows the Association to be much more efficient, improves our bottom line, and allows the IADA to focus on its core mission, To protect your investment, and help ensure your continued success.

As always, we will continue to offer the following important services:

• Lobbying for franchise law improvements
• Representing dealer views before state agencies
• Fighting to reduce advertising abuses
• Reducing liability through contract enhancements        
• Developing cost effective education classes

• Negotiating changes in compliance guidelines
• Identifying effective service providers
• Providing F&I products for greater profitability
• Improving dealer communications
• Lowering the cost of stock & promotional items

I’d also like to invite you to this year’s convention in McCall, June 7th through the 10th.  Our speakers include Representative Joe Palmer, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Paul Metrey, NADA’s Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, Erich K. Gail, CEO of the Cardinale Group of Companies, and other industry and legislative leaders.  We will also be hosting a legislative round-up, where Jim will detail this current session, insights into next year’s session, and host a dealer roundtable where we can discuss potential legislation for the coming session.  I encourage you and your management team to attend and help us plan for our future.


Kelly Hirning


Hirning Buick GMC

Pocatello, Idaho

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