Over the years, the government’s view of the auto industry has shifted with changing administrations, both in Pierre and Washington, D.C. The one constant for auto dealers across the state is SDADA’s active role in representing your concerns. SDADA and NADA are involved at every level of government to create a more level playing field for you, to ensure your continued success.
In 1918, the South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association (SDADA) was formed by a small group of dealers where its primary purpose was to advocate on behalf of dealer members at the state legislature.
SDADA remains focused on protecting auto dealer’s interest at the state level, both defending dealers against harmful legislation and introducing measures that protect dealers AND the consumers.
Through attending conferences and agency meetings, as well as monitoring alerts, SDADA stays on top of rulemaking and major policy changes at the state and federal levels — then communicates the impact of these changes to you as soon as the changes are known.
Department of Revenue
Within the Department of Revenue, SDADA staff closely works with the Division of Motor Vehicles on issues that surface across the state’s counties that process titles. Issues include paperwork requirements, variances in county interpretations of state guidelines or laws.
LEGISLATIVE GRASSROOTS MEETINGS
Legislative grassroots meetings are a fundamental component of SDADA in that they’re used to educate elected officials — specifically members of the South Dakota Legislature — about issues that are important to the automotive industry.
These meetings help build relationships between member dealers and their elected officials. In crafting these personal relationships, we hope that when an issue arises, these elected officials will remember our member’s comments before taking any action.
Dealer participation is essential for continued success at the South Dakota Legislature. SDADA wants elected officials to directly hear from you, as your active involvement goes a long way in ensuring that issues facing motor vehicle dealers remain at the forefront of elected officials.
If you can’t attend a meeting in your area, we recommend you send someone from your dealership. Legislative grassroots meetings are our primary way of advocating on your behalf and have proven to be very successful.