SCADA represents new car and truck franchised Dealers across the state of South Carolina and advocates on behalf of its members in public policy, regulatory issues and economic developments impacting the automotive industry. SCADA works to forge meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships between auto dealers and their local, state and federal representatives.
SCADA also provides a wide range of publications, educational opportunities, networking and business improvement services to its Dealer Members to help them excel in a dynamic and ultra-competitive business environment.
SCADA started in 1937 and celebrated the 75th Anniversary in 2012.
Original members were Charles Vogell, R.W. Peeke, Wyche Dickert, T.E. Davis, H.W. Pearce, Ernest Burwell, E.B. Smith, Frank B. Breeland, Charles F. Johnson, Louis Rogers and O.L. Bensinger.
The Association has had four Executive Vice Presidents over the seventy-five years:
- Ella Ford - 1955-1963
- Roger White - 1963-1976
- Patrick E. Watson - 1976-2012
- E. Sims Floyd, Jr. - 2012-Present
- 279 franchised new car Dealers in South Carolina are members of SCADA
- $8.3 Billion in total sales with 13.9% of retail sales
- 13,212 total number of employees by franchised dealerships and 51 average number of people employed per dealership
- $642 Million payroll with $48,632 average annual earnings per dealership employee
- Are independent businesses, not manufacturer-owned stores; the vast majority are local, family-owned businesses that have been in their communities for generations
- Invest millions of dollars in land, facilities and parts and service equipment to sell and service vehicles
- Generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues for state and local government and provide nearly 15% of all retail spending in the U.S.