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Good Time for Dealerships to Evaluate Dealership Website Accessibility

Now is a good time for franchised dealerships to evaluate their websites for accessibility compliance. If a dealership’s website is not compatible with assistive technologies, disabled customers may not be able to shop for vehicles, make online parts purchases or learn more about what the dealership offers them. In addition to losing potential sales, dealerships…

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Are Dealers Required by Law to Post Labor Rates?

Some OEMs require a dealer to post a labor rate however there is not a specific statute that requires such a posting. If a disclosure or statement regarding is made, whether posted or on a R.O., it should state it is a “flat rate” and not actual in order to clarify the rate.

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U.S. Department of Labor is Updating and Revising the Earnings Thresholds

The U.S. Department of Labor is updating and revising the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees (EAP (exemption for administrative professionals)  or “white collar”) from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime pay requirements.  The final rule will be effective January 1, 2020.  Employees who work more than 40 hours in a…

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If an injury occurs, what must be reported to OSHA?

Workplace health and safety initiatives help prevent injuries and illnesses and protect a dealership’s most valuable asset—its employees. But, workplace accidents do occur occasionally. In addition to following appropriate first aid and emergency procedures, dealers must report all work-related fatalities, in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees, amputations, and eye losses to OSHA. Report fatalities…

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REVISED APPLICATION FOR CERTIIFIED COPY OF TITLE

The application for a Certified Copy of Title (Form VTR-34) has been revised. Following is a link to the revised Form VTR-34. It is also available on the TxDMV website at www.TxDMV.gov. Existing versions of Form VTR-34 remain valid for use; however you are encouraged to use the most recent version. https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/TXDMV/2019/01/02/file_attachments/1131003/Form_VTR-34_%28rev0119%29.pdf

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Child Safety Fee Added to Registration Fee in Dallas County

The Dallas County Commissioners Court voted to add an additional registration fee for Child Safety for vehicles (including motorcycles) sold effective January 1, 2019 and going forward. The county is now charging the Child Safety Fee on each motor vehicle registration (including motorcycles) and renewals. The commissioners court in Dallas County voted to add $3.00…

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Take the Time to Understand Your Customers

A couple months ago I bought my first brand-new motorcycle. In the process, I visited five different dealerships and had five vastly different experiences. The reason I bought from the fifth? The salesperson got me. My first interaction with Bryce was through a quote request form on the dealership’s website. He responded quickly, giving me…

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Appointments to TxDMV Board

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Board Of The Texas Department Of Motor Vehicles July 30, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Appointment Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed John M. Prewitt and Paul R. Scott and reappointed Brett H. Graham to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for terms set to expire on February…

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