Auto dealers bill

Auto dealers bill


THERE’S A NEW CAR SERVICE SWEEPING THE NATION, AND IT’S WORRYING INDIANA AUTO DEALERSHIPS ACROSS THE STATE. SO MUCH SO, THAT HOOSIER LAWMAKERS HAVE STEPPED IN. OUR STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF, DAVID WILLIAMS, IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM TO EXPLAIN. (DAVID) IT’S CALLED AN AUTOMOTIVE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. YOU PAY A CAR MANUFACTURER A FLAT FEE EVERY MONTH, AND YOU CAN DRIVE A BRAND NEW CAR EVERY 30 DAYS, IN CERTAIN CITIES. CAR MAKERS CALL IT A MONEY- SAVER….BUT DEALERSHIPS WORRY IT COULD SPELL DISASTER. (DAVID WILLIAMS REPORTING) ((22:42:52 REPORTER: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AUTO CAR SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES? BROOKE WILCOXSON/FORT WAYNE “OH! NOTHING (LAUGH)./ : )) VEHICLE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES ARE EMERGING AS A NEW WAY TO OWN A CAR. FOR EXMAPLE, JD POWER SAYS HYUNDAI HAS ONE FOR $275 A MONTH IN CALIFORNIA, VOLVO WILL HAVE ONE FOR $600 A MONTH. THEY SAY CADILLAC’S PROGRAM STARTS AT $1,800 A MONTH. (( MADYSON PIPER/ MARCELLUS, MICHIGAN 22:44:35 “YEAH, THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY. I LITERALLY PAY THAT MUCH MONEY FOR TUITION A MONTH.”: )) MATT BELL WITH THE INDIANA AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION SAYS DEALERS ARE WATCHING THE TREND WITH A HIGH-BEAMED FOCUS. ((MATT BELL @ 22:29:23 “WE’RE CONCERNED WITH WHERE THE ROLE OF THE INDIANA AUTO DEALER IS IN THAT RELATIONSHIP. IT’S THE DEALER THAT THE CUSTOMER IS USED TO INTERACTING WITH.”: )) THE WORRY, BELL SAYS, IS THE DEALERSHIPS WOULD BE DRIVEN OUT OF THE EQUATION AND POTENTIAL JOBS WOULD DISSAPEAR. (( MATT / : @ 22:30:32.”WHERE DO THE 25,000 FOLKS EMPLOYED BY 432 AUTO DEALERS FIT IN THAT EQUATION? WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY DO FIT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE’S A LOCAL CONNECTION.”)) WHICH IS WHERE STATE REP. ED SOLIDAY’S BILL COMES IN. ALREADY OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED IN THE HOUSE, BELL SAYS THE BILL, IN PART, WOULD LET LAWMAKERS PUT THE BRAKES ON THESE SERVICES COMING TO INDIANA. (( MATT @ 22:29:43 “WE TAKE TIME OUT. SAY WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN? HOW DOES IT WORK IN RELATION TO THE INDIANA CONSUMER? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THEIR NEEDS ARE SERVED? AND STUDY THAT BEFORE THAT MODEL IS PREVELENT AND ROLLED OUT ACROSS THE STATE.” )) A SERVICE SOME PEOPLE DON’T SEEM TO HAVE MUCH OF AN OPINION ON ((DAISY CIUDADREAL / : 22:42:15 “IT’S A CAR RENTAL (LAUGH)” )) (DAVID) THE BILL IS ASSIGNED TO A COMMITTEE, BUT A HEARING DATE ISN’T SET YET. DAVID WILLIAMS, 24-HOUR NEWS EIGHT (MEGHAN) 100 DAYS TIL THE INDY 500.

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