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Obituary for Dusty Rhodes, Long-Time Auction Owner in Austin

Dusty Rhodes, long-time auction owner in Austin, TX, passed away on November 19, 2022. He was born July 17, 1943, in Hobbs, NM, and then lived in Odessa, TX, for many years, where he met the love of his life, Mary Lou, whom he married in 1961. They were happily married for 61 years! He enjoyed spending time with his family, and many friends, spending the summer in Lake City, CO, flying his Bonanza airplane, fishing, and playing golf.

21 Arrested in Nationwide Catalytic Converter Theft Ring

Twenty-one people have been arrested across five states in a nationwide, coordinated takedown of members of a national catalytic converter theft ring, the Justice Department reported in November. The criminal network sold catalytic converters “to a metal refinery for tens of millions of dollars.” Across the country, law enforcement executed over 32 search warrants, and millions of dollars in assets have been seized in the operation.

TxDMV Now Requires Inspection Verification for Buyer Tags, Announces Temporary Tag Redesign

TxDMV has updated webDealer to disable the ability to print a buyer’s tag without a valid inspection and announced the planned upcoming redesign of temporary tags. The webDealer system now automatically checks for a valid inspection. For more information on other aspects of the update, check out TxDMV’s bulletin. This requirement aligns with TxDMV requirements for using a buyer’s tag.

FTC Extends Compliance Deadline for Safeguards Rule

The FTC has extended the compliance deadline for the Safeguards Rule by six months – to June 9, 2023 – in response to reports of personnel shortages and supply chain issues. If you’ve already been working on implementing the revised Safeguards Rule at your dealership by the original December 9th deadline, that’s great for your dealership and your customers. 

Automotive Group Sued by the Federal Trade Commission

Passport Automotive Group, its president, Everett Hellmuth, and its vice president, Jay Klein, will pay more than $3.3 million to settle an FTC lawsuit. In the FTC’s complaint, the FTC alleges that Passport regularly advertises certified, reconditioned, or inspected cars at specific prices, but then adds extra certification, reconditioning, or inspection fees that it falsely claims consumers are required to pay.

New Dealer Licensing Rules Proposed by TxDMV

TxDMV recently published proposed rules relating to the licensing of dealers in Texas. Now that the proposed rules are published, the law allows interested stakeholders such as TIADA and yourself to weigh in on the proposed rules through both written comments and public testimony.