Car owners and car dealerships are in for a big surprise next year when the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the National Association of Home Automobile Repair Stores (NHAMS) introduce a new set of guidelines for car rental companies and their car dealers.
The guidelines are aimed at ensuring that car rental businesses adhere to the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and provide an equal opportunity to all customers.
NADA’s new guidelines include: • A requirement that car rentals are designed with “inclusionary criteria” that would prevent discrimination.
Nada has made clear that the goal is to avoid having rental companies discriminate against people who are disabled, LGBTQ individuals, and women and minorities.
• A demand for equal pay for equal work.
NAA says that rental companies must pay all employees equally for all work regardless of the job they are working on.
• The requirement that all rental companies maintain a vehicle inventory of at least 20 percent of the total available vehicle inventory.
• An insistence that car dealers offer a “minimum price” for each vehicle that the company can sell for.
NAAA says that this “minimum pricing” requirement is necessary to ensure that car owners can afford to purchase their vehicles.
The NADA/NHAAMS guidelines are not binding.
The new guidelines will be available on November 18, and will be followed by other industry-wide efforts.
These include the National Home Automotive Dealers Associations’ (NHADA) new online platform for car owners to report issues and share best practices, and the U.S. Automobile Industry Association’s (AAA) voluntary guidelines on discrimination in the rental industry.
In the meantime, there are a few car rental services that are still offering car rental and car dealership services to people with disabilities.
Here are the top five rental services and car rental brands that offer car rental for people with disability.