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Who are we?
We are a dues-based organization representing the interests of Washington State independent auto dealers. We support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for all WA State independent auto dealers. All of our members are welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.
We work collaboratively with our members, advisors, and industry leaders to develop new ideas, methodologies, and policies to help move our industry forward. Our mission centers around support, education, and representation in serving Washington State independent auto dealers. Read more about our mission and diversity and inclusion initiative here: IDEA's Mission and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement.
Why choose Independent Dealers Education Association for your industry representation and education requirements?
We have worked in the auto industry for over 20 years, so this association and all of our educational materials have been developed by independent dealers for independent dealers. You wouldn't have an electrician install your plumbing or have your mechanic do carpentry work. You should expect your industry support, education, and representation to be led by industry professionals who have worked in the industry.
Our new dealer education class to become a licensed auto dealer 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 Becoming a Licensed Auto Dealer - New Dealer Education for WA State Auto Dealer Licensing.
Our continuing education for current licensed auto dealers to renew their dealer’s license is a fully online course that can be completed at your convenience. 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.
We also work with state agencies to ensure our education goes beyond the minimum compliance requirements mandated by law.
Who is required to complete the education?
Our new dealer education class is required as part of the process in becoming a licensed independent auto dealer in WA State.
Our continuing education course is required for all licensed independent auto 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. Our class is taught through a live virtual class through Zoom.
For our continuing education course, you do not have to attend a 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 groups that offer education?
We've developed our educational materials with your busy schedule in mind. We know you are busy and your time is valuable, so we won't waste it. All educational materials are developed by independent dealers for independent dealers and is focused solely on information that is relevant to your day-to-day operations and compliance with the law.
Our new dealer education class is offered in a 1-day format and 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 do other groups 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 support, education, and representation really shouldn't cost a lot and with us it doesn't.
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