Trillium Automobile Dealers Association

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Editorials by Larry Lantz

TADA President 2017 - 2018

  • 08/12/2017
    Automotive dealerships aren’t going anywhere
    At the height of the dot-com boom in the early 2000s, there was speculation about the future of automotive salespeople. Many so-called experts predicted that salespeople would become redundant once consumers could buy vehicles online.
  • 08/05/2017
    Why on-board technology has changed the way we drive
    In the late 1960s when I first began driving, the most advanced electronic feature on my car was an AM-FM radio with an eight-track tape player. Throughout my life, I’ve observed the evolution of electronics in cars, from those clunky AM-FM radios to the sophisticated computerized engines and telematics. (In automotive terms, telematics is the monitoring of a vehicle using on-board GPS and diagnostics systems, to determine a car’s movements and its mechanical operation.)
  • 07/29/2017
    The automotive retail business is still all about the customer
    If you have purchased a vehicle from a registered new car dealership in the past decade, you have probably used the internet to assist you in that process. In fact, more than 90 per cent of all vehicle purchases now originate online, and, as a result, consumers are visiting fewer dealerships in their quest to find their next dream car.
  • 07/22/2017
    Distracted driving needs to stop — now
    What is it going to take to get motorists to put away their mobile devices while driving? This is a question that police departments, government agencies, automotive associations (including the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association) and insurance companies have been grappling with for more than a decade.
  • 07/15/2017
    A car’s journey, from concept to showroom
    The next time you’re viewing new models in a dealership, you will have a greater appreciation of all it takes to make a particular vehicle ready for market.
  • 07/08/2017
    Compensation fund keeps dealers accountable
    Any consumer who has bought from an Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council-registered dealer may contact its free complaint handling service. I recently wrote about OMVIC, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, and how it has impacted dealers and consumers since it began regulating vehicle sales in Ontario in 1997.
  • 07/01/2017
    Birth of the automobile in Canada worth celebrating
    From the sun-dappled forests of Vancouver Island to the towering granite cliffs of Newfoundland, this weekend Canadians will be celebrating the 150th birthday of this great nation.
  • 06/24/2017
    Auto industry applauds asbestos ban
    Canadian consumers and automotive technicians might be surprised to learn that select aftermarket parts pose a serious health risk to the technicians who work with these materials.
  • 06/19/2017
    Birth of the automobile in Canada worth celebrating
    TADA President Larry Lantz proudly recounts the history of Canada's automobiles and the exceptional efforts of the men and women who work in the auto industry.
  • 06/02/2017
    Operating a dealership in a small town has its benefits
    From population, to the weather, and the the atmosphere of a small town community TADA President Larry Lantz expands on the differences between rural and urban dealerships.
  • 05/27/2017
    Georgian College Auto Show a unique experience
    For many of the students enrolled at the Automotive Business School of Canada at Georgian College in Barrie, the Georgian College Auto Show represents one of the high points in their academic year.
  • 05/20/2017
    An automotive success story
    At new car dealerships across Ontario, thousands of men and women are enjoying tremendous success in their chosen careers and making a positive difference in their communities.
  • 05/13/2017
    Dealer review, rating sites are highly influential
    In the early 1980s, a new measurement tool called the Customer Satisfaction Index was introduced into the retail automobile industry. A CSI survey is the evaluation form sent to new car buyers from manufacturers and third-party firms to gauge how satisfied customers are with their dealers, their products and services.
  • 05/06/2017
    What to consider before replacing a car
    A question that car owners will inevitably ask themselves is, "When should I replace my current vehicle?'
  • 04/29/2017
    An Automotive education can change your prospects
    For those who want to pursue a career in the auto industry, there’s plenty of post-secondary school options available. Most professional careers today require some form of post-secondary education, and the retail automobile industry is no exception.
  • 04/14/2017
    Dealer’s Voice column has new voice
    Larry Lantz, of Hanover Honda, is the new president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.

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  • BOB REDINGER SIGNS OFF AS TADA PRESIDENTThis is my final Wheels column as president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA). It has been my pleasure serving as president, and I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed being a Wheels columnist in Canada’s largest circulation newspaper for the past year.


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