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2017 Registration Fee Changes

Public Act 174 of 2015 amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to raise the following vehicle registration fees by 20% effective January 1, 2017:

  • Ad valorem fees
  • GVW fees


Added fees for electric & hybrid vehicle

Effective January 1, 2017, electric and hybrid passenger vehicle registrants will be required to pay 20% higher registration fees and an additional fee in the following amounts:

  • Electric vehicles pay an added $135 (not prorated):
    $100 electric fee + $35 electric gasoline tax fee = $135
  • Hybrid vehicles pay an added $47 (not prorated):
    $30 hybrid fee + $17 hybrid gasoline tax fee = $47


Keep reading>> Dealer bulletin: registration fee increase

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Sales Tax Trade-In Credit Increases, plus new RD-108

Beginning January 1, 2017, owners trading in a motor vehicle or trailer coach receive a sales tax credit for the vehicle’s trade-in value up to a maximum of $3,500. This is a $500 increase from the 2016 maximum of $3,000. The partial sales tax trade-in credit increases by law $500 annually. Note: the delivery date determines which credit amount is applied.
New RD-108 Form
The current version of the RD-108 is being replaced. Vehicle dealers may begin submitting the new edition of the RD-108 form for any vehicle delivered to the purchaser beginning January 1, 2017.  (The Department will not accept any transactions submitted on the previous revision as of July 5, 2017.)

A dedicated line for the partial trade-in sales tax credit has been added to the new form. Therefore, dealers no longer need to submit the RD-108T when using the 2017 RD-108 form.

Please see the following links for additional information:

Block on Changes to DOL “White Collar” Overtime Rule


A U.S. District Court in Texas has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against implementation and enforcement of the revised  “white collar “overtime rules formally scheduled to take effect December 1. This means that, until further notice, the existing “white collar” salary thresholds remain in effect and that dealers should not make employee compensation adjustments based on the revised “white collar” rule’s higher compensation thresholds!

The lawsuit challenging the rule was filed by 21 states and a variety of business groups. If you have questions please call MADA at (800) 292-1923.

Give Thanks by Giving Back Around Michigan

It’s nearly that time of year when we gather with friends and family around a delicious meal (and likely some football) to reflect on what we are thankful for. One of the best ways to express that gratitude is to give back to your community. With organizations supporting a variety of causes all over Michigan, there is no shortage of opportunities for you and your family to get involved. Here are just a few of the ways to share your time and energy this Thanksgiving:

Children’s Hospital of Michigan | Detroit

Volunteering with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a fulfilling way to brighten the day of children and their families as they go through a difficult time. There are many ways to help out, such as rocking or feeding a baby, reading to children, visiting patients with your certified pet therapy dog, acting as a tour guide or participating in art cart activities. Learn more about becoming a volunteer here.

Meals on Wheels | Statewide

This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure everyone in Michigan can enjoy a delicious meal during the holidays. Meals on Wheels is committed to providing nutritious food to seniors who have limited mobility or who may not be able to cook for themselves. Volunteer opportunities include pantry work, cooking, administrative duties and delivering food. You can apply here to volunteer as an individual or as a group.

Cooking Matters | Southeast Michigan

Cooking Matters, a Share Our Strength program, teaches low-income individuals and families valuable nutrition information and cooking skills. Volunteers participate as instructors or consultants in the courses, teaching cooking techniques and providing nutrition education. While certain roles require culinary or dietetic experience, there are class assistant roles that require no formal training. You can sign up here. Cooking Matters’ local partner Gleaners Community Food Bank also offers a variety of volunteer family-friendly opportunities to consider year-round, like sorting and packaging of food items to stock their distribution centers.

Ronald McDonald House | Mid-Michigan

For families with sick children in the hospital, Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home. To keep families comfortable and feeling as normal as possible, consider taking a shift at a local Ronald McDonald House. You can greet families, answer phones and keep kitchen and public areas clean and organized. Love cooking? Make a home-cooked meal to share with residents. Certain tasks require volunteers to be 18 or older, so if you want to get the whole family involved, consider hosting a fundraiser or donating common household items to the house. Sign up here to help out in the Mid-Michigan location (or head here to see locations around the state).

Volunteers of America | Statewide

Service through Volunteers of America supports our nation’s veterans, homeless, seniors and many others in need. Activities you can participate in include sorting clothes for the homeless, serving meals and helping with administrative work. With opportunities available statewide and year-round, there is something for everyone looking to support their community. You can apply to volunteer, here.

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This article was originally published on, a website sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  Blue Cross and MADA are your trusted partners in building a healthier business and workforce.

Michigan dealer Wes Lutz elected as NADA vice chairman

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s 63-member board of directors has elected Mark Scarpelli as chairman and Wes Lutz as vice chairman for 2017.

Scarpelli is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill.

Wes Lutz, who currently represents Michigan’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board, is also a past president of MADA. He is president of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Mich.

The new term officially begins at the 2017 NADA Convention and Expo in New Orleans in January.


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NADA wage/hour webinar now on-demand; revised dealer guide also available

The new NADA Dealer Guide to Federal Wage and Hour, Child Labor and Wage Discrimination Compliance (L01) is now available on NADA University Online. It provides franchised automobile and commercial truck dealerships an overview of the federal law on wage and hour, child labor and wage discrimination, along with dealership-specific suggestions for compliance. The guide includes a discussion of the U.S. Department of Labor’s amendments to the “white collar” employee overtime exemptions scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The guide is available at no charge to NADA and ATD members.

NADA members can also access a recorded copy the September 28 webinar, New Wage/Hour Regulations, Issues and Concerns for Dealerships (SE316).

Both the webinar and guide are available at (Your NADA login is required.) Type “L01” in the search bar to find both.

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MADA’s complimentary license review service

The State of Michigan has begun the dealer license renewal process and MADA is here to help!  If your license expires this year, you should soon receive your dealer license renewal application by mail, directly from the state. (Those with a current multi-year renewal will not receive anything from the state.)

MADA has also sent a mailing to dealers with tips, extra information and reminders to help you renew easily and on-time.  (Also check out our special “renewing your license” web page.)

As always, dealers are encouraged to send their completed renewal information to MADA. We will review it for accuracy and contact you if any information is missing or incorrect. Once everything looks good we will personally deliver it to the state. By catching errors before the renewal goes to the state, MADA’s complimentary review service helps minimize delays in processing and approval of your renewal!

New for 2017! Your repair facility name and number are listed on the dealer license renewal.  Please review and note any changes.

If you have any questions about your license renewals, bonds or dealer plates please contact Jean Quinn at (800) 292-1923 ext. 320, or email

Child Passenger Safety Week: September 18-24

Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. NHTSA has developed a toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday, and throughout the year.

Child Passenger Safety Week: September 18-24, 2016
National Seat Check Saturday: September 24, 2016

Learn more here:

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Help for new-car dealership families displaced by flooding

As you have heard, thousands of dealership employees and their families have suffered devastating losses in the recent Louisiana floods. The need for financial assistance is great and will last for many weeks, if not months. The NADA Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund helps dealership families after natural disasters, and NADA has announced that the Foundation will seek to raise $2 million for new-car dealership families displaced by the flooding in Louisiana.  Initial estimates indicate that more than 1,500 dealership families from new car dealerships in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas have been flooded out of their homes and desperately need financial assistance.  As you may have heard from Peter Welch (NADA), he spent a good part of last week in Baton Rouge with Will Green (LA), taking stock of the flood damage.  Because of the severity of the flooding and lack of insurance (affected areas were not in flood zones), the vast number of relief applicants will qualify for a $1,500 check from the Foundation.  To fill the expected gap between what’s needed and what’s on hand, a nationwide fundraising campaign has been initiated.

Please visit NADA’s website at for more information.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Emergency Relief Fund, you can donate online or send a check, payable to NADCF Emergency Fund, to NADCF, 8400 Westpark Drive, Tysons, VA, 22102.

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Driving Michigan’s Economy

Michigan’s new car dealers make a significant contribution to our economy through employment, taxes paid and community involvement.  Consider these numbers…

  • Michigan has about 600 new car dealerships, with an average of 60 employees per dealership.
  • When indirect and induced jobs are added in, that increases to 73,362 total jobs created by Michigan dealerships!
  • $682 MILLION is paid in income taxes (includes income taxes paid for direct, indirect and induced jobs).
  • Michigan dealerships have a $2.0 BILLION payroll.
  • With $25.7 BILLION in total sales, Michigan dealerships account for 21.4% of the state’s total retail sales.

These numbers reflect annual economic activity from 2015.  Read more about the annual contribution of dealerships at