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Service technician shortage may impact auto dealerships

One of the advantages of buying a vehicle from a dealership is that the facility may have on site a repair and service department. With ease and comfort Florida residents can take their vehicles back to where they bought them for scheduled maintenance, recall repairs, and other standard needs. Service technicians are the backbones of these departments and can be vital resources in the success of auto dealerships in Florida communities.

However, a recent report suggests that a coming shortage of service technicians may be on the horizon. This shortfall is expected because many aging technicians are leaving the industry due to retirement and few young workers are entering the field. This can mean that dealerships and other auto-focused businesses will be competing for limited personnel when it comes to staffing their service departments.

What does it mean to open a franchise?

Owning one's own business is a dream of many Florida residents. While some individuals have creative ideas that allow them to open their own independent shops and stores, others seek out opportunities to run their own franchises under the supervision of corporations. This post will briefly discuss what franchises are and how the corporate-franchisee relationship may operate. Questions regarding auto dealership franchises should be directed to attorneys who work in this unique field of the law.

When a person wishes to use the trademark or trade name of a company, they will likely be required to enter into a franchise agreement. For example, if an auto dealer desires to sell Ford vehicles as a Ford dealership then they will have to secure an agreement with the Ford Corporation to use the images, trademarks, and other proprietary information of the company.

What are mergers and acquisitions in business law?

A business may stand alone for years as a fully separate and independent entity until the day comes that it chooses or is forced to close. However, many Florida businesses go through changes when they join with and split from other corporations and organizations. When two or more businesses combine into one entity, the process of coming together can be called a merger.

A merger is similar to an acquisition. While they both involve the joining of at least two entities, the term acquisition is more often associated with the purchase of a smaller business by a bigger business. When this happens, the smaller business is often folded into the operations of the bigger business.

Issues related to remodeling an automobile dealership

In 2017, the Florida legislature passed a law that changed the relationship between automobile dealerships and the manufacturers that provide them with vehicles and products. Although it impacted many aspects of how these entities may interact in the world of car sales, one area that it had significant effect upon was how often dealerships should undertake remodels of their facilities.

In practically any type of business, there is a push to stay relevant and to put forth the best possible face toward consumers. The automobile industry is no different and, as such, dealerships have found themselves undertaking multi-million dollar projects to improve the aesthetics and appearances of their facilities. Taking on these projects is undoubtedly expensive and can affect the profits of an auto business.

Know what to include in a commercial lease agreement

Florida residents who have started their own business understand the importance of finding just the right location for their new enterprise. A business that is not situated in a place where consumers will visit it may not survive the first year. While some business owners may choose to invest in the site where their business will be located, others may elect to rent a space for their operation.

Commercial leases are important relationships between property owners and the individuals who wish to use their real estate. Contracts often govern these relationships and crafting an effective lease agreement can mean the difference between a smooth lease relationship and one fraught with problems. This post will touch on some of the important terms that should be included in commercial lease agreements but, as with all legal matters, readers should discuss their own situations with their trusted attorneys.

How can I get a Florida motor vehicle dealer license?

Getting into the automobile dealership business is no easy task. In addition to securing a franchise (if that’s the path you plan to take), finding a perfect location and securing adequate financing, you also have to be properly licensed.

The steps required to get a dealership license in Florida are specific. Taken one by one with the help of qualified counsel, they are very achievable.

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