Who are we?

We are an association dedicated to supporting, educating and representing WA State Independent Auto Dealers. We achieve this by supporting the independent vehicle dealer in their commitment in operating their business with transparent and honest business policies and practices, providing high quality auto dealer education that fosters and enhances the independent vehicle dealer's knowledge, and representing and assisting the independent vehicle dealer in all matters while encouraging well-grounded business principles that uphold state and federal rules and regulations.

Why choose Independent Dealers Education Association for your dealer education?

All of our educational materials have been developed by independent dealers for independent dealers. We also work with state agencies to ensure our education goes beyond the minimum compliance requirements mandated by law.

Our new dealer education class is taught by business professionals who have worked in the auto industry for over 20 years and the class goes above and beyond the legislative intent for the motor vehicle dealer education. You will learn how to establish, operate, and grow your new dealership. For more information, visit WA State Independent Auto Dealer - New Dealer Education.

Our continuing education is a fully online course focused solely on education. We've developed a comprehensive curriculum targeting industry news, best practices, new and upcoming legislation, and reviews of state and federal regulations to help keep you in compliance. For more information, visit WA State Independent Auto Dealer Continuing Education.

Who is required to complete the education?

Our new dealer education class is required as part of the process in becoming a licensed independent motor vehicle dealer in WA State.

Our continuing education course is required for all licensed independent motor vehicle dealers, who sell used vehicles only, in order to renew the motor vehicle dealer license.

Do you have to take a live class for the education credits?

For our new dealer education class, yes you do need to take a live class. During COVID, our class is taught through a 1-day virtual class in Zoom from 9am to 5pm.

For our continuing education course, no you do not have to attend a live in-person or live virtual class. Our continuing education course is an online course that can be completed at your own pace and can be taken anytime, anywhere.

How does our education compare to the other association?

We've developed our educational material with your busy schedule in mind. We know you are busy and your time is valuable, so we won't waste it. Our new dealer education class is offered in a 1-day format. Our auto dealer continuing education course is just one course that will satisfy the full 5 hour credits that you need in order to renew your dealer's license. We like to say we are the 1st association to offer the 5 hour auto dealer continuing education course fully online!

Why does the other association charge so much for their membership and education compared to IDEA?

This is another question we get asked frequently and honestly we wonder the same thing. Higher cost does not equal better service. Quality service and quality education really shouldn't cost a lot and with us it doesn't.

Do you have a question regarding a specific situation?

We are happy to help!  If you have questions that involve a specific situation and you are not quite sure what the answer is, give us a call at (509) 220-5530 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will be happy to answer any questions you have so that you can remain in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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