The New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, founded in 1918, is a
non-profit organization serving franchised new car and truck retailers
throughout New Jersey.
NJ CAR’s purpose is to promote the principles of commercial honor and integrity
in the sale and service of motor vehicles.
The primary objectives of NJ CAR are to further any legitimate interests of its
members, to keep its members informed on a variety of business matters,
practices, trends and legislation, and to provide special products and services
to its members.
When the organization was founded 80+ years ago, its mission was simple: protect
and serve the interests of automobile retailers. Today, NJ CAR defines its
mission as follows:
The Coalition’s mission statement, coupled with the unique entrepreneurial
attitude of auto retailers, has allowed the management and staff at NJ CAR to
continually explore and create member services that meet the special needs of
our members. It makes NJ CAR an exciting place to work and a valuable
organization to join. The challenges are constant. The ingenuity and commitment
of the members and staff are without limits. Working together and keeping this
mission clearly in mind promise to make the years ahead just as exciting and
fruitful for NJ CAR and its members who place their trust in this organization.
- To protect and advance the public, government and industry interests of
franchised new car and truck retailers;
- To provide accurate and authoritative advice on statutory, regulatory and
legislative matters affecting the interests of automobile retailers;
- To maintain and enhance the quality, scope and nature of membership services
offered by the Coalition to New Jersey’s franchised new car and truck retailers;
- To constantly evaluate existing services and aggressively explore new options,
in order to ensure that the Coalition continues to serve the essential business
needs of automotive retailers; and
- To build upon the Coalition’s reputation as one of the Garden State’s leading
business advocacy organizations.
What We Can Do For You
Today, NJ CAR continues to serve franchised New Jersey auto retailers by
providing the following services to its members:
NJ CAR serves its members by providing valuable assistance in the areas of Motor
Vehicles, Tax, Insurance and Banking contacts, and with Safety Programs, Public
Relations, Employee Relations and Local Association Organizations. The Coalition
also assists members with the interpretation of New Jersey and federal laws and
At frequent intervals, members receive a brief and concise NJ CAR NewsLetter
that keeps them informed on important corporate matters and provides necessary
information concerning national and State laws, as well as rules and regulations
affecting the automotive business.
A major responsibility of NJ CAR is to represent New Jersey’s automotive
retailers in legislative matters. The Coalition has been active at every session
of the New Jersey Legislature in defending the industry against adverse
legislation, as well as initiating and supporting legislation favorable to
franchised New Jersey new car and truck retailers.
- Exchange of Ideas
NJ CAR's Annual Meeting and Business Expo is a valuable opportunity for members
from all over the State to renew acquaintances, make contacts, and, most
important, exchange useful ideas. Maintaining important business relationships
and providing mutual support is an essential part of Coalition membership.
NJ CAR is under the direction of member retailers who are elected as Trustees
for a period of two years by members in their counties. In turn, these Trustees
elect officers, including the Chairman of the Board, for a term of one year.
Training and Education
Periodically, NJ CAR offers a variety of seminars and workshops. Seminars and
education initiatives are specifically designed to address the unique business
environment of automotive retailing. The Coalition strives to provide a high
quality educational program, which focuses on all areas of dealership
operations: sales, service, office personnel and management.
Classification of Membership
The Coalition’s By-Laws establish two classifications of membership: