OK, call me old school! I must say, I appreciate to have a local newspaper and I know many of you feel the same way.
New Paper, new management, and now I’m invited back… Hey readers, what do you think?
I’ll tell you what I told them. I’m not a writer, so you will need to edit it…so as Mark Twain once said here you go(“;, . ?!..;: &,.,, “) you can put these where ever you want.
Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,
Besides the new-car smell, there are many reasons people love buying new automobiles. The excitement of new technology and the contribution to family and work for several years. It all adds up to a significant investment for nearly 50,000 Americans each day who come home with a new or almost vehicle.
However, the untold story is that the buyer at a dealership is effectively supporting a significant local business- The vehicle is a rolling symbol of economic prosperity and investment in ourselves and our communities.
Recently I was honored to attend the Ribbon cutting/ Chamber of Commerce mixer at Gosch Ford’s unveiling of their new showroom.
This got me thinking of the hundreds of people that are directly employed by dealerships in your area, results in millions of dollars in employee compensation including what’s generated in personal tax revenues that support local, state and federal budgets. The Gosch Auto Group has been in the Valley since 1964.
And others have joined our Valley like the Pedder Auto Group and other new car franchises not to mention the Independent Car dealerships like VIP Autos all together brings a lot of money to our community.
Sales at just new-car dealerships account for 15% of all retail sales in the U.S.; accordingly, new-car dealerships generate 15% of all U.S. sales tax revenue, according to research by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), establishing the bright, shining car lot as a symbolic beacon of budget dollars to be appropriated to items including education, police and fire departments, infrastructure projects and beyond.
The car dealership is a haven for employment and a tax base for local governments across the country.
Additionally, the franchised dealership network is one of the countless small businesses that are often family-owned and -operated; 92% of them are privately owned, according to NADA. But beyond the jobs the auto dealer network provides, there are few industries that so directly contribute to the economy.
The car dealership represents value to governments, employees—and also to the consumer.
The Tax Issue
You would think every dealership would be opposed to any tax increase that could steer away from any consumer to the showroom floor. However, I found that not to be the case. Especially for the Dealers or Dealer principals that live locally.
If there was a Hemet Tax increase, the consumer would only pay the tax increase if he resides in that specific town. for example: If Hemet did have the Tax increase, a person from San Jacinto or any other residence outside of Hemet would pay the additional tax.
On the flip side if we did have the Tax increase in Hemet, and someone decided to leave the Valley in an attempt to avoid the tax increase please know it won’t work – because the tax on an automobile is based on your vehicle registration.
However, that should not be a problem if you feel you are helping your community.
Dedicated to Community
Car dealerships are uniquely prominent and easily recognizable in their communities. They’re also beacons behind the scenes, thanks to their significant support of communities and charitable programs.
Their contributions are generous. Dealers surveyed donated or lent out approximately $4.5 million worth of vehicles for charitable causes. Thousands donate time to the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which supports schools, hospitals, emergency disaster relief, Canine Companions for Independence (including a program to help wounded veterans) and other community-based initiatives. So the end result is… Please try local first
Hope this helps
The Hemet Car Guy