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About TADA

The Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) is the statewide trade association representing over 1,400 franchised automobile dealerships in 289 communities throughout the state of Texas. TADA advocates on behalf of the dealers at the Texas Legislature, Congress, and all regulatory agencies.

President's Message

By now, you’ve likely experienced the lasting, upending effects of COVID-19 on your dealership, your family and your daily life.  I know I have personally.  My family has seen its daily routines turned upside down and our activities severely constrained.  We have learned what it means to flatten the curve, to socially distance, and to have an annoying piece of cloth covering our mouths and noses.

For me and the new job, what started off as a great plan to meet with dealers across the state face-to-face came to a screeching halt in March.  I am thankful that I had the chance to meet dealers in the Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Lubbock, Amarillo, and Killeen areas, but I have miles and miles of Texas to go and I look forward to getting back out on the road again.   

Another fallout of this pandemic was the cancellation of our annual TADA meeting scheduled for April 26-27 in Austin.  This was the first time since World War II that an annual meeting has not been held and I missed the opportunity to begin developing new relationships. 

For those of you I haven’t met or that didn’t get to read the last Dealer's Choice magazine, my background is in political advocacy, the last 16 years of which have been at the Texas Medical Association representing Texas physicians at the state and federal level.  I am a strong believer in the philosophy that all politics is local and that grassroots advocacy is the foundation on which to build an effective association.  TADA has a storied history on doing just this in its legislative advocacy and is also renowned nationwide for its stellar legal and regulatory efforts. 

The TADA team has done a fantastic job keeping you up-to-date on what is happening at the state and federal level and helped work to ensure that dealers were classified as essential businesses and could remain operational in the pandemic.  They have answered scores of questions and kept a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in Austin and Washington, D.C and out in dealerships across Texas.  I was fortunate to have inherited such a committed team.  I also am incredibly fortunate to have gained a fantastic group of regional executives.  During the past several months I have seen them work their local government officials to ensure dealerships could provide needed sales and services to customers. 

COVID-19 may have changed the way we do business temporarily, but it has already had a lasting effect…and the implications of this new disease are likely here to stay.  With it, though, are elements of optimism.  I am more convinced than ever of the essential role that franchised new car and truck dealers play in protecting the safety and security of Texans.

I am proud to now be a part of the dealer family.  The article in the current  Dealers’ Choice magazine titled “Making a Difference“ highlights  examples of what several Texas dealers have been doing for their communities during this pandemic. These are but some of the latest in the many local charities and endeavors dealers have supported over the years, decades and last century.  Although it is impossible to predict what the next several months will hold, for TADA business goes on…focusing on the legal, legislative and regulatory issues that impact Texas dealers.  We have the 87th Texas Legislature scheduled to convene on January 12, 2021 and we will be ready.  Just as you are there for your customers and communities, your TADA is here for you.

Covid - 19 Information

New FAQs on PPP Loan Forgiveness August 7 2020

PPP Lenders May Submit Forgiveness Applications Starting August 10, 2020

City of Austin Emergency Rules for COVID-19 and Required Signs

Face Coverings and Service Department Sign

Governor Issues Executive Orders for Face Coverings andMass Gatherings

FFCRA Reminder and Poster

PPP Loan Maturity Date

Templates - Dealership Sign & Health and Safety Policy

New PPP Forgiveness Applications

H.R. 7010 - PPP Extension

CDC Update Employer Guidance

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application & Forgiveness

PPP Guidance FAQ #47

PPP Good Faith Certification FAQ #46

Vehicle Inspection Requirements, Motor Vehicle Sales Tax and Battery Sales Fees

Thoughts on Federal Paycheck Protection Program May 8 2020

IRS & SBA Updated PPP Guidance (May 6, 2020)

SBA issues FAQs 40 to 42

webDEALER Programming Changes for Delinquent Transfer Penalty Waiver

PPP Loan FAQs Updated May 1, 2020

PPP Loans Update April 29 2020

Governor Abbott's "Open Texas" & GA-18

SBA Releases more FAQs on PPP

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers

FFCRA Guidance Q&A

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Status of Auto Dealers in Texas (April 17 2020)

Vehicle Titling if TAC Closed

SBA issued an Interim Final Rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), effective  April 15th 2020.

U.S. Department of  Labor Publishes New OSHA Poster Aimed At Reducing Workplace Exposure to the Coronavirus

CDC Interim Guidance for Essential Service Providers

Updated FIC Chart for SBA Loans

FAQs from SBA

New Guidance Clarifies Application Under PPP of Affiliation Rules and 500 Employee Limit

Additional Loan Document Requests by Certain OEMs

Updated PPP Information--Application & SBA Franchisor Number (SBA Numbers Updated April 9 2020)

Governor's Order

Texas Franchise Tax Deadline Extended

IRS Guidance & Forms - Covid-19 Tax Credits

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order No. GA-14
Governor Abbott issues a new statewide Executive Order (EO) effective 12:01 a.m., April 2, 2020 and continuing through April 30, 2020.
"Essential services" consists of the lists in the CISA and includes automotive repair and maintenance as well as workers critical to rental and leasing of vehicles.  (see attached).

The EO (executive order) does not prohibit people from accessing essential services or engaging in essential daily activities so long as the necessary precautions are taken; CDC Guidelines followed.
The EO supersedes any conflicting order issued by a local official, but only to the extent that such local order restricts essential services allowed by this EO or allows a gathering that is prohibited by this EO.

Paycheck Protection Program Forms Link
Borrower Information

It is recommended that you contact your lender as soon as possible regarding whether they process SBA loans as well as for necessary information that they will need to process your application.

Expanded DOL Q/A Guidance

The FFCRA leave provision take effect April 1 , 2020 and remember to provide the required notice to your employees

FFCRA Leave Entitlement; IRS Issues Effective for Leave

City & County Orders/Declarations Reminder

DOL Issues New Q&A for FFCRA
New items Start at #15 through #37

Medical Facilities in Need of Surgical/Dusk Mask, Please Read how may be able to help

Travel Authorization, Police Visits

EPA Disinfectant List for COVID - 19

DOL Issues Additional Guidance (30 Day enforcement policy) & Required Posters

DOL Sick Leave Guidance (FFCRA)

IRS Notice 2020-18 Relief for Taxpayers

City Orders and Dealership Signs

TxDMV Response - Dealership Hours Concerns

Treasury, IRS and Labor Plan to Implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses

Coronavirus Tax Relief

Essential Business "Travel Pass"

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

CDC Guidance - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Workplace Suggestions

TxDMV  COVID-19 / Coronavirus Emergency Information

OCCC Issues Temporary Guidance for Motor Vehicle Installment Transactions

Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Extension


Texas Dealer Academy 
Dealers Choice Magazine
Legislative Issues
  Winter 2019   
Want to pass on your dealership to the next generation?  Members can enroll young family members/staff in this leadership training program tailored for franchised dealers.   TADA’s quarterly magazine provides up-to-date information on business and industry issues making it a critical resource for franchised dealers and affiliated industry partners.   Learn more about the issues facing our industry at the state capitol through our policy papers and legislative session recaps.


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                                        TADA ANTITRUST STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) and it is the responsibility of every TADA member to comply in all respects with federal and state antitrust laws. No online communication, activity or discussion including a TADA meeting or other function may be engaged in for the purpose of bringing about any understanding or agreement among members to: 
     1. Raise, lower, or stabilize prices or any element or economic factor thereof; 
     2. Allocate markets; 
     3. Encourage or discuss boycotts; 
     4. Foster unfair trade practices; 
     5. Assist monopolization; or 
     6. In any way violate federal or state antitrust laws. 

The examples are for illustration and are not meant as an exhaustive list.


Chairman's Corner

“It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Chairman of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) this year and represent over 1,400 of the franchised automobile dealers in this state.  I have tremendous respect for the TADA Staff because they have put together a great organization. I’m proud to be part of that. Read More »

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