A Free and Easy Way to Finally Organize Your
Dealership’s Important Documents!
by: Brett Richardson
I am frequently the first person an RV dealer contacts when they have
a quick question or comment about an RV manufacturer’s practice as
it relates to their dealership. The dealer will ask whether a certain
business practice is allowable under their dealer agreement and under
the relevant state laws. Addressing dealer questions is much easier when
the dealer has the relevant documents in front of them. I can help
dealers locate and understand their rights under state law, but I have a
more difficult time assisting dealers to understand their dealer
agreement when the dealer does not have a copy of the agreement for
RV dealers are busy running their enterprise, and sometimes,
important business documents are misplaced and soon forgotten. We are
all guilty of it, and we all know better. We figure that we will
organize ourselves later. Guess what? The time is now – and there
is help available.
Eric L. Chase, a partner with Bressler, Amery, & Ross, who works
out of his law firm’s offices in New York and New Jersey, is a
nationally recognized attorney in the area of automotive franchise law,
and a frequent speaker at dealer conventions.
Chase has prepared a guide to help dealers organize their paperwork. His
publication, Implementing Best Practices: Eric Chase’s Legal
Audit Checklist for Auto Dealers, is a must-read for dealers who
want to organize their relevant paperwork.
The guide is too long to run it in RV Executive Today, but
we have put it up at www.rvda.org.
The checklist addresses different business and compliance documents
dealers should keep at their fingertips. Also included in his checklist
are highlights about certain manufacturer documents dealers should pay
close attention to when received. The checklist also triggers a dealer
to action when documents are out of date.
Chase drafted this checklist for automotive dealerships, however, his
checklist is equally applicable to RV dealership operations.
For a copy of the checklist, visit the member resources section
of www.rvda.org. If
you would like to know how to locate state laws for your file, send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.