New Mexico’s Dealer Franchise Bill

September 4, 2018

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This week, New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state’s franchise law, which deals with auto dealerships. Automakers are concerned over how it would impact the state’s consumers. The bill’s provisions would boost the costs automakers pay for warranty work, and would have a negative impact on how automakers audit dealers for quality.

John Whatley, Interim CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, says that state lawmakers and Governor Susana Martinez need to know about how this bill would negatively impact consumers and New Mexico’s business environment.

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THIS DEALER FRANCHISE BILL NEEDLESSLY INTERFERES IN THE BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AUTOMAKERS AND THEIR DEALERS. IT WOULD MEAN HIGHER EXPENSES FOR NEW MEXICO’S CONSUMERS AND IT WOULD SEND A NEGATIVE MESSAGE TO EMPLOYERS IN OTHER INDUSTRIES; IT WOULD SIGNAL THAT NEW MEXICO LAWMAKERS COULD INTERFERE WITH THEIR ESTABLISHED BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

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For more information, visit www.autoalliance.org.

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