IS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP IMPORTANT?
Is association membership important?
Because we, here at Mullen Agency, promote our goal of providing more than just insurance products and service to our clients, we often get questions regarding independent auto dealerships in general. We encourage all industry related inquiries, but our expertise is insurance. Many times, we find our answer to be:
Mullen Agency has been associated with and a supporter of Texas Independent Auto Dealers Association for thirty-plus years. TIADA is focused on protecting the industry from over-regulation and provides powerful advocacy and a full-time lobbyist. So, whether a member or not, every independent Texas auto dealer benefits from TIADA’s existence. That alone is enough to make me a fan! After all, Texas used car dealers comprise a majority of Mullen Agency clients and they are who we have worked for and with since our doors opened in 1988.
What are the benefits of joining?
Of course, non-TIADA members who call us with varied questions regarding their operations are not particularly concerned with TIADA’s political benefits – they are looking for concrete answers – which brings me to the meat of TIADA’s value to the industry on a day-to-day basis. Near the top of the list of inquiries involve compliance situations. Whether questions involve taxes, insurance, title, OCCC, repossession and – most recently- COVID 19 effects on your business, there is a Compliance Team Member available to listen, to share facts and discuss your concerns. Right now – today – there is up-to-date information on TIADA’s COVID 19 Resource Page.
Education is huge among the benefits available via TIADA. If you are a new dealer, there are classes on How to Become a Dealer. As TIADA members, dealers enjoy substantial discounts on statewide Education Seminars. New members may qualify for up to a 50% discount on an education class of their choice as part of the enrollment package. Seminars are a primary part of the annual TIADA Conference and Expo; the upcoming one is currently scheduled for mid-August in San Antonio.
We can’t leave the topic without mentioning the auction savings on-tap every day for TIADA members .. in fact, over $7,000 in savings at over 45 auctions statewide. The discounts can range anywhere from $75 to $250 off the buy/sell fees and, when taken into consideration in evaluating annual TIADA dues, they virtually eliminate the cost of membership.
Now, we come to one of my favorite membership highlights – Texas Dealer magazine. This monthly publication includes articles pertinent to every dealer’s operation, as well as auction directories and pages of helpful information designed for Texas Independent Auto Dealers. I look forward to the Texas Dealer so I’m informed as to what my dealer clients are talking about and/or need to know.
It has been my experience that Texas independent auto dealers and their operations are enriched by TIADA membership. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.
Our business is providing insurance protection for your business! As always, I appreciate the opportunity of discussing insurance coverages with you. Please call or e-mail me your insurance questions and concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org
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