the Executive Committee for the past two years, Lee is one of a select group of 55 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 100th annual NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, next January. Lee’s passion for education and training made him a natural selection for GNYADA’s Education Committee. In 2010, he helped initiate a program with the Center for Automotive Education & Training and CUNY Queensborough Community College, to help workers displaced by an eminent domain initiative. Lee also contributed to the development of the Center more than a decade ago, and has since been instrumental in pushing for increased electric and hybrid training there.
adult — preferably a parent or guardian — cosign the buyer’s or lease order and the bill of sale/lease. Service: The same cosigning rule applies to service, repairs, or parts contracts offered to minors. It’s prudent to require a signature or telephone approval (even if it means calling them at work) from a parent or guardian before performing repairs that a minor requests. Rentals: While New York law prohibits age discrimination in renting vehicles (as long as insurance is available), there is no requirement to rent to someone who is under 18. in local high schools. He also works with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and the Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) automotive technician program which provides technical education and real- world work experience in dealerships. As a third-generation automobile dealer in New York, Lee’s family and their dealerships have a long history of giving back to their communities. Lee is a generous supporter of the Alzheimer Association, American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes, and Syracuse and Tulane Universities. Through Nardy Honda’s community outreach program, he donates time and funds to 32 local educational and charity organizations. GNYADA congratulates Lee on this prestigious and well-earned recognition.
Lee Certilman, President and Dealer Principal of Nardy Honda in Smithtown, has been nominated for 2016’s TIME Dealer of the Year award. A twelve-year GNYADA Board Member, who has served on Lee Certilman, President and Dealer Principal, Nardy Honda
Lee is an active mentor for students coming through educational programs
5 Selling to Minors: Here are the Rules
When selling a car to a minor, there are precautions to take that will help avoid disputes. Minors — anyone under the age of 18 — are treated differently when entering into a contract. They always maintain the right to void that contract, even after they are no longer a minor. GNYADA recommends the following steps in transactions with minors: Registering and Titling: The DMV permits a minor to title and or register a vehicle in his or her own name, provided he/she has a valid driver’s license. However, if a vehicle is financed or leased, check with the lender first to see if they require an adult cosigner’s name on the title as well as the contract.
Buying / Leasing: As mentioned, buyers or lessees who are under 18 when they sign a contract may cancel it and obtain a full refund at any time. To prevent such a business disruption, make it dealership policy to have an
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