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A trade organization popularly known as NADA. Founded in 1917. Publisher of the NADA Guides.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's National Automobile Dealers Association page on 9 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), founded in 1917 and commonly referred to as NADA, represents nearly 16,000 new-car and truck dealerships, both domestic and international, with about 32,000 separate franchises. It is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.


The National Automobile Dealers Association was founded in 1917 by a group of dealers determined to lower the luxury tax on automobiles from 5% to 3% by lobbying Congress in Washington, DC. After the success in Washington, the group decided to form a permanent union and represent the nation's 15,000 automobile dealers. In July 1917, 130 dealers met in Chicago where they elected George Browne of Milwaukee to be NADA's first president. In 1975, NADA constructed a new corporate headquarters in Tysons Corner, Virginia where they currently reside at 8400 Westpark Drive.


NADA exists to provide automotive information and advocacy to three groups. Consumers are served by their NADA Guides which provide information about vehicle pricing for new, used, and classic automobiles in addition to motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and manufactured homes. Related to this, the company regularly issues reports and press releases about the automotive market such as analysis of the hybrid car market.

NADA also serves dealers in two ways: by following pricing trends on new and used vehicles as well as providing an advocacy association to represent dealerships before the US Congress and other government agencies. In addition, to further consumer education regarding vehicle financing, NADA is a supporter of Americans Well-informed on Automobile Retailing Economics (AWARE).

Charitable activities

In 1975, NADA established the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF). Since it establishment NADCF has given more than $9 million to various groups and organizations. NADA has also established numerous fund and grant programs including the Ambassadors Program, the Emergency Relief Fund, Medical Grants, the Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, the Joseph J. Sanchez Memorial Fund, the John P. Winston Sr. Memorial Fund Memorial Fund, Leadership Council, the Legacy Program, Northwood University Grants, and the Survivors Relief Fund.

In 2003, NADA partnered with Harvard Palmer Jr.'s Vehicle Donation Coalition to simplify the car donation process. The joint venture resulted in upwards of $50MM being donated to charity.

Political campaign contributions

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, from 1990 to 2006, NADA donated a total of $21,167,642 to political campaigns 31% of which went to Democratic candidates while 69% went to Republican candidates.

In January of 2014, Hillary Clinton was paid $325,000 to deliver a keynote address before the association at their annual conference held in New Orleans. It was during this speech that Clinton admitted she had not driven a car since 1996 and that her yellow Fiat was stolen in the 1970's in Arkansas.

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2001 BookN.A.D.A. Consumer Classic, Collectible, and Special Interest Car Appraisal Guide: 2001 Retail Edition by National Automobile Dealers Association

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20 March 2002Austin, Texas Amerisale inc. releases DynaPic for Windows to the automotive industry at NADA in New Orleans 2002Amerisale, Inc.
15 December 2015NADAguides Now Offers A Pay-Per-Report Version of Its New Manufactured Home Price ToolNADAguides
26 February 2016NADAguides Warns of Online Vehicle Escrow Scam Utilizing the NADAguides.com NameSpark Studio PR for NADAguides
7 March 2016NADA Convention & Expo 2016 Using a Suite of Innovative Solutions Powered by a2z, Inc.a2z, Inc.
16 March 2016NADAguides to Showcase Its New Manufactured Home Price Tool at the 2016 Tunica Manufactured Housing ShowNADAguides
28 March 2016Search Optics Roars Into NADA with New Mobile-First Marketing Products and Accelerated Global GrowthSearch Optics
31 March 2016NADA 2016 DEBUT: Dealer Connect Powered by Autonet Mobile, the First Connected Car Platform Which Continuously Connects Customers and Vehicles to DealersAutonet Mobile
2 April 2016NCompassTrac Releases the KickStart Photo Experience Product at NADANCompassTrac LLC
26 April 2016NADAguides to Showcase MH CONNECT Products in Las Vegas at the 2016 Congress & ExpoNADAguides
6 July 2016Usha Chari Named Director of Information Technology of NADAguidesNADAguides
12 July 2016Hana Shanaa Named Partner Optimization Manager of NADAguidesNADAguides

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