The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association is a 100-year old trade association serving franchised new car dealers in the New York metro area.
Our 450 members include new car dealers, as well as allied members that serve the dealership industry. Collectively, they are a powerful economic force: they provide thousands of jobs, pay millions in tax revenue, and support hundreds of charities.
The Association works to support the needs of our dealers and the communities they serve. With this in mind, we've focused on bringing new people into the industry, in all parts of the business.
- Women now buy more than 50% of all new cars and trucks, and influence more than 85% of new vehicle purchase decisions. In 2006, we launched a major campaign to attract more women into the industry. We think our dealerships should reflect this important customer base.
- Encouraging diversity is good business. We presently have dealers with staff fluent in more than a dozen languages. Our members’ workforces reflect the communities they do business in.
In the service part of the business, the shortage of well trained technicians is still a major problem for the industry. But we are making a difference. In just five years, more than 1,500 new technicians have graduated from the Lincoln Technical Institute program at our Center for Automotive Education & Training. Again and again, these young men and women impress us with their vitality, commitment, and hope for the future.
In addition to our campaigns to attract new talent into the industry, the Association continues to serve as a model for trade associations across the nation. GNYADA strives to develop and maintain programs that enable its members to succeed in today’s ever-changing automotive retail market.
About the Industry
This is a dynamic industry that is always evolving and we are evolving with it. However, new technology, an aging workforce, and a shortage of talented young people entering the industry are going to provide us with increased challenges in the years ahead.
At our Center for Automotive Education & Training, we have made a huge investment in training to help those already employed in the industry keep their skills up to date.
Despite the rapid realignment of many automotive brands, our franchised dealers are a vital part of the area’s economic success. Through tax revenues collected, jobs provided to area residents, and in the supply and maintenance of our area’s vehicle fleet, auto dealers are the engine that helps drive our economy.