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Archive December 2018

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TxDMV Announces Rule Changes

Earlier this month the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced several rule changes that affect dealers. These changes relate to the acceptance of electronic signatures, certified copies of Texas titles and delinquent transfer penalty fees. Check out the blog post below for a full explanation of the changes and how they may affect your dealership.

Texas Federal Court Strikes Credit Card Surcharge Prohibition: Legal or Not Legal?

Please note that the article below provides an update on a pending case before the U.S. District Court for the Western District Court of Texas.  The court’s finding may allow merchants and dealers to pass along the actual credit card surcharge or processing fee….but not a penny more!  The Texas Attorney General, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, and the Department of Banking have not provided any guidance on this topic.  Texas Business and Commerce Code Section 604A.0021, while unconstitutional, is still on the books in Texas.  TIADA will have more information soon on this important change.

TIADA Meeting with Texas Lawmakers Before Legislative Session

The 86th Texas Legislature will begin in Austin next month and TIADA is busy getting ready to protect your business and your industry during this legislative session. TIADA board members and staff have been meeting with key legislators over the past few weeks to develop key relationships that will help accomplish TIADA’s legislative agenda. These relationships will allow TIADA to advocate on your behalf during this crucial time. Take a look at a summary of a few of these meetings below and don’t forget to sign up for TIADA Day at the Capitol, your chance to meet with lawmakers directly in February!

TIADA Member Targeted by Blackmail Scam

Recently, a dealer contacted TIADA about a threatening email he received regarding a title transfer involving one of his customers. At first glance, the dealer assumed the letter came from an attorney representing a customer, or possibly even a government regulator. However, the dealer soon realized that was not the case and contacted TIADA with fears that something more sinister was going on.