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FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

Given several recent high-profile data breaches and the attendant likelihood of identity theft incidents, the FTC has issued a reminder to all businesses of their duties under federal law to identity theft victims.  Specifically, businesses are reminded that they must provide identity theft victims – or law enforcement at the victim’s request – with a…

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OSHA PROPOSES $152,099 FINE

Please see the following press release  regarding a dealership’s failure to implement a chemical hazard communication program; the improper storage of flammable liquids; as well as allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area. As a result of the violations, three employees died and two more were injured at the…

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Car Dealers Turn to New Programs to Appeal to Buyers

As more consumers shop online for their vehicles or give up car ownership altogether, traditional auto dealers are being forced to adapt. Don Flow, chief executive of North Carolina-based car dealership Flow Automotive, said providing options and convenience are key to meeting changing demands. His dealership recently launched a car subscription program, called Drive Flow,…

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TxDMV Names New Director of Enforcement Division

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has named Corrie Thompson the Director of the agency’s Enforcement Division. Thompson previously served as the Managing Attorney for the Enforcement Division where her role included providing counsel and supervision to attorneys who handle administrative prosecution of motor vehicle, motor carrier, oversize/overweight and salvage vehicle dealer cases.

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How Can Dealers Master Google? Google Explains.

Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant’s growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google heard them and is releasing what it calls its first dealer “playbook” to lay out the basics and best practices for its platforms. Click here…

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Dealer Cannot Advertise "Tax Free Weekend"

Although August 8–10, 2014, is Texas’ Tax Free Weekend for clothing and footwear under $100, school supplies under $100, and backpacks under $100 for elementary and secondary students, a dealer may not advertise a “Tax Free Weekend” or any similar type advertising. As a reminder, a motor vehicle dealer commits a Class C misdemeanor if…

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Revised Notice of Complaint Procedure for New Vehicles

A franchised dealer is required to provide notice of complaint procedures to each person to whom the dealer sells a new motor vehicle.  (Occupations Code § 2301.205(a)) Attached is the recently revised form, Notice of Complaint Procedure for New Vehicle Owners and Lessees.  The post office box address, telephone number, and website address have changed. …

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Population Forecasts Data

Download the following source data file for the population forecasts from the State Data Center: POPULATION FORECAST DATA (Excel File) It lists for all counties the “mig1” forecast of population for two of the age groups that might be the most important to dealers. “Mig1” is the standard forecast of migration, which holds that established…

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Governor Perry Signs Documentary Fee Legislation

In early June, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1248 relating to the documentary fee charged in connection with the sale of certain recreational vehicles and boats. This legislation allows for an increase in the documentary fee and delegates to the State Finance Commission and the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner the responsibility to…

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