Serving the interest of Ontario New Car and Truck Dealerships for over 100 years
Editorials by Frank Romeo
TADA President 2012-2013
02/23/2013 Are-you-prepared-in-the-event-of-an-accident# Automobile accidents happen and they don’t always happen to someone else. When they do happen, it’s reasonable to experience feelings of shock, anger, fear and confusion. This can lead to a great deal of stress for some people.
02/16/2013 Auto tech students shine spotlight on automotive careers For the past 11 years, automotive tech students from high schools in and around Toronto have tested their knowledge and mechanical skills in a competition at the Canadian International AutoShow.
The students compete for prizes, scholarships, tools and the opportunity to represent their schools and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) at the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International AutoShow in April.
01/26/2013 7 Steps to Financing Your Next Vehicle When buying a car, an important consideration is how it’s going to be paid for. If you are among the approximately 80 per cent of buyers who finance or lease their vehicles (as opposed to paying cash), here are seven key points to keep in mind when buying from a registered new car dealer.
01/12/2013 Recalls are a fact of life in the auto industry It seems every few months, an automaker announces a recall. These announcements often dominate the headlines, particularly if the number of affected vehicles reaches into the millions.
01/05/2013 Auto trends to watch for in 2013 Fortunately for the Canadian economy, the world didn’t end on December 21st, 2012, as predicted by the Mayan calendar.
According to auto analysts and market watchers, 2013 is expected to be another rebound year for the automotive sector (which accounts for 25 per cent of the economy).
12/29/2012 A Year in Review I consider it a huge honour and a privilege to serve as President of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA). It’s equally thrilling to serve our Association during such a pivotal and groundbreaking year in the retail automobile industry.
12/08/2012 The best time to buy a car Several Wheels readers have asked me when is the best time of year to buy a new car. Many factors come into play in trying to answer that question.
12/03/2012 Beware of flood damaged vehicles Hurricane Sandy dealt a devastating blow to parts of the northeast U.S., causing billions in property damage and resulting in nearly 100 deaths.
One of the unfortunate realities of natural disasters is the criminal element that attempts to profit from the misfortune of others.
11/23/2012 Buying your first car? Here’s some advice Buying your first car is an experience that thousands of Canadians look forward to each year with great anticipation, and it’s a special moment that people remember for the rest of their lives.
Whether you’re 18, 25 or older, there is something thrilling about buying your first car that speaks to life’s broader themes of freedom, maturity, financial responsibility and, of course, pride of ownership.
11/16/2012 Certified-pre-owned-programs-provide-many-benefits In 2000, pre-owned vehicle sales represented just 56.6 per cent of the total market, and in 2010 that figure had climbed to 65 per cent (representing 2.9 million of the 4.4 million vehicles sold in Canada).
11/12/2012 Vehicle shelf life depends on many factors In October, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants released a report on light vehicle registrations in Canada. The report stated that 22.2 million vehicles were registered in 2011, compared to 20.2 million registered five years ago in 2007.
10/26/2012 Is it time to revisit the no fault auto insurance program? In 1990, the Ontario government introduced the no-fault insurance system to replace the old tort system. No-fault insurance was meant to expedite the processing of claims, to combat fraud and to prevent injured parties from suing those who caused the accidents (except in rare circumstances).
10/22/2012 Internet is becoming more influential in the car buying process A few weeks ago, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association hosted automotive digital marketing conferences in Toronto, London and Ottawa.
All three conferences were full-day events attended by dealer principals, sales managers, automotive students and marketing personnel, and featured some of North America’s leading internet marketers.
10/16/2012 Now is the time to install winter tires Last year, Ontario had it relatively easy with the snow and cold. But, judging by the weather forecasts and farmers’ almanacs, winter is expected to return with a vengeance this year.
Although the first snowfall should be weeks away, now is the time to prepare your vehicle for winter driving.
10/06/2012 TADA joins forces to prevent distracted driving A recent report conducted for Ford Motor Co. revealed some interesting stats about distracted driving.
The report stated that 99 per cent of licensed drivers said they were safe drivers. Yet, the same group admitted that they regularly engaged in activities that are classified as ‘distracted’ while behind the wheel.
05/17/2012 Youth apathy to cars a worrisome trend A recent article in the Atlantic reported a worrisome trend in automobile retailing: namely, that young people aren’t that interested in buying cars...
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.