For only the second time in 27 years, this publication places two annual trends in a tie for first place. Both the Coronavirus pandemic and the now completed 2020 election cycle will predictably have the most legal impact on dealers in 2021. Together, and singly, these two top trends affect a number of the other Top 25 issues as well. Ironically, despite the many unprecedented challenges of year 2020, America’s franchised auto dealers should see a continuing positive sales and service outlook for 2021. The legal assessment, though, is mixed. That is because dealers must contend with the consequences of the pandemic and anticipated changes in governance and policies.
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