About Us

The NADA Story

The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new car and truck dealers, with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international.

NADA membership is open to any new-automobile or new-truck dealership holding a new automobile or truck sales and service franchise.



  • Represents new-car and -truck dealers — both domestic and international franchises — on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory and public arenas;
  • Provides counsel on legal and regulatory matters;
  • Represents dealers interests with car and truck manufacturers;
  • Develops research data on the retail automobile industry;
  • Offers extensive training programs to improve dealership business operations, sales and service practices via NADA University;
  • Operates the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation that distributes funds donated by dealers and friends of the industry to emergency/medical and educational organizations and private-sector colleges and universities.
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