Auto Dealer Law

Comprehensive Legal Expertise for Auto Dealers

Representing auto dealers in all aspects of their businesses has been at the core of Charapp & Weiss for three decades.

Automobile dealerships are complex businesses with unique legal problems requiring highly specialized knowledge and skills. Charapp & Weiss has been profoundly successful in auto dealer law. Legal and automotive groups routinely seek firm attorneys to lecture and to share their expertise and insight.

Charapp & Weiss represents auto dealer clients in a wide range of regulatory and litigation matters:

  • Franchise matters
  • Transactions
  • Dealership realty
  • Regulatory and statutory compliance
  • Personnel
  • Licensing
  • Litigation


Decades of experience with dealership franchises

The firm counsels auto dealers on all aspects of their relationships with franchisors, from development of a franchise to daily operation, termination of an agreement, contract renewal and franchise disputes. Attorneys focusing on auto dealer law assist with franchise matters such as:

  • Audits
  • Dualing
  • Point relocation

Attorneys at Charapp & Weiss understand the interplay between franchise agreements, state and federal statutes and corresponding case law.

Leading lawyers in auto dealership transactions

Charapp & Weiss represents dealerships in acquisition of dealerships, financing for operations and improvements, and in the sale of dealerships to third parties, managers or family members. Clients benefit from the firm’s decades of experience in purchasing and selling dealerships. The firm provides valuable advice tailored to clients’ goals and needs so that clients can make informed decisions before proceeding.

Skilled attorneys handling dealership real estate

Real estate is a valuable and critical investment for dealerships. Charapp & Weiss has substantial experience representing dealers with real estate matters, including:

  • Acquisition
  • Financing
  • Refinancing
  • Leasing
  • Sale
  • Zoning
  • Land use
  • Environmental compliance

Up to date with ever-changing auto dealer laws

Automobile dealerships face a myriad of laws that affect their businesses. Navigating through these voluminous, complex and sometimes conflicting laws can often be difficult. The firm keeps abreast of changing state and federal laws and regulations and keeps clients on track for compliance by:

  • Keeping dealerships informed
  • Designing compliance systems
  • Drafting dealer forms and paperwork
  • Training personnel regarding compliance

Keeping dealership personnel on the right track

Charapp & Weiss has an extensive employment law practice that, when combined with the firm’s knowledge of auto dealership law, provides auto dealers an excellent resource for addressing all personnel legal issues.

Dealers trust the firm for reliable counsel regarding:

  • Hiring
  • Training
  • Employment documentation
  • Personnel administration
  • Employee manuals
  • Discrimination claims
  • Wage and hour issues


The firm counsels clients on the best means for complying with state and federal laws and avoiding employment disputes. When disputes do arise, the firm possesses significant litigation experience to achieve the best possible outcome for auto dealers.

Legal help with auto dealer licensing issues

Charapp & Weiss has broad and substantial experience in representing dealers in state licensing issues for auto dealerships and their employees.

Litigation skills car dealers trust

At its heart, Charapp & Weiss is a litigation firm. The firm’s attorneys combine the skills acquired handling complex and varied litigation on a daily basis with their unsurpassed knowledge of auto dealership law to provide clients optimal counseling and representation. The firm regularly represents clients in judicial and administrative arenas throughout the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.

Sophisticated representation. Attentive service.

Contact Charapp & Weiss at any of our locations for more information about our Auto Dealer Law practice and targeted solutions for your legal issue.