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    Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

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    Washington — Auto dealers are bracing for slower sales in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. They are also asking to be treated as "essential operations" and left out of government-ordered shutdowns.

    Nationwide, dealerships are resorting to bringing sanitized test-drive vehicles to the homes of potential buyers who are leery of visiting showrooms in the era of social distancing and self-quarantines. They working out financing over the phone or internet.

    Facing the prospect of expanding shutdowns as state and local government scramble to prevent the further spread of the virus, the National Automobile Dealers Association and Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represent dealerships and carmakers respectively, said the Trump administration should make sure dealerships are exempted from any state or federally imposed restrictions on U.S. residents' movements.


    "As our nation continues to confront the coronavirus’s challenges, we want to underscore the importance of ensuring that consumers have access to a safe and well-functioning motor vehicle fleet," NADA President Peter Welch and Alliance for Automotive Innovation President John Bozella wrote in a letter to the president.

    "Motor vehicles, both new and old, are critical to ensure that the public can get food and other necessities of life, as well as to continue to interact with one another in a manner consistent with public health officials’ recommendations," the letter continued. "Given the importance of safe transportation in addressing the coronavirus outbreak, we have an obligation to ensure that motor vehicles remain safe and are properly maintained."

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Ford Canada, notified us this morning that All March Incentives conclude today.

    Meaning "New Exciting Incentives March 21st"

    Or "Stay at Home Dealers"

    Most of Ford Canada Corporates are working from Home already. So without Sales, things would go much easier.

    It is just "Service and Parts" that need to stay open for "Essential Services"

    Supply and Demand, will work it's self out in 2-4 months.

    Any other Dealership Employees feeling this?

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    Ford Canada, notified us this morning that All March Incentives conclude today.

    Meaning "New Exciting Incentives March 21st"

    Or "Stay at Home Dealers"

    Most of Ford Canada Corporates are working from Home already. So without Sales, things would go much easier.

    It is just "Service and Parts" that need to stay open for "Essential Services"

    Supply and Demand, will work it's self out in 2-4 months.

    Any other Dealership Employees feeling this?
    I think if they can demonstrate that they can transact business in a coronavirus safe way they can stay open, safe for both the employees and customers. I’m very torn – it is imperative to wipe out the coronavirus as people are dying. But at the same time this is devasting the economy and can lead us into a worldwide depression unlike anything we’ve ever seen, people have to make money.

    I agree with InCogKneeToe that auto repairs are essential, but is buying a new car that essential to risk further spreading the virus? However, the stay at home dealers, etc. could work.

    In a similar vein I did use the carwash this past Sunday. I brought Clorox sanitizing wipes to cleaning the steering wheel and the gearshift and my hands. And I immediately rolled down the windows as I drove away to clear the air in the car (plus they leave the doors open as they clean the interior). While I’m certain the Clorox wipes are not good for the leather and my hands I do feel like I’m greatly minimizing the chance of transmitting the virus. Similar precautions can be taken for car repairs… I’m not a mechanic, but it seems like the repair bays are separated by a good 10 feet, so is it correct to say a good chunk of the day is spent reasonably separated from coworkers? What do mechanics/dealer employees think? Plus, if not to cold, the garage doors can be kept open for additional ventilation.

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    specially equipped bug out buggies could be a good sales line to pursue..

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Unless they are throwing 30% off on the hood, I see no reason to buy a car right now. This is the struggle the dealerships are going to encounter. A lot of people in the restaurant/hospitality field are getting laid off, and with the financial markets in the dump, a lot of people on fixed income will hold off as well. This is going to severely stress test the entire network, from manufacturers to dealers to suppliers.
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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    Unless they are throwing 30% off on the hood, I see no reason to buy a car right now. This is the struggle the dealerships are going to encounter. A lot of people in the restaurant/hospitality field are getting laid off, and with the financial markets in the dump, a lot of people on fixed income will hold off as well. This is going to severely stress test the entire network, from manufacturers to dealers to suppliers.
    That's the other side of this.

    Are the March Incentive Concluding Today (Mar.20th) because 20-30% is going on the hoods tomorrow? "Keep America Rolling"

    I side with the "Send the Note to Dealers, Stay Home" theory. More than Blow Out in the midst of a Blow Out.

    The shortage of vehicles 2 weeks/months from now is going to be much like 1994. When we had a limited supply of GMT400's. a Customer would come in the Dealership and ask "What's the price on that Sierra"

    Our reply would go something like "Isn't the Price right there on the Window?"

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    IMHO the DEALERS are ONE operation that SHOULD CLOSE IF we close all other retail operations
    * the SERVICE departments should get an essential service listing BUT not selling NEW cars
    both from the factories shutting down AND dealers are a likely spot for a virus to spread and VERY HARD to disinfect properly IF we deem selling cars essential what about HOME HARDWARE? or the NIKE STORE as we need new kicks as we go out for our solo walks to not go bat crazy

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    ^^^Agree, they're just going to have to take the L for a while and chill out with the rest of us, nobody is going to buy a new car anyway while we're on an essential personnel only type lockdown.
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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    ^^^Agree, they're just going to have to take the L for a while and chill out with the rest of us, nobody is going to buy a new car anyway while we're on an essential personnel only type lockdown.
    True. They're worried about funds and making ends meet, so a new vehicle is far from their agenda for most of the paycheck to paycheck mainstream Americans IMO.

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    ^^^Agree, they're just going to have to take the L for a while and chill out with the rest of us, nobody is going to buy a new car anyway while we're on an essential personnel only type lockdown.
    I doubt ANY "lockdown" like Italy/ France would happen in the USA BUT if it did it would be essential service only and LIKELY army delivery of rations in a "hot spot"
    in an AMERICAN style city how can essential service keep going without all the "support" people like car repairs / laundry service ETC

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Nobody is going to work, nobody is driving, cars don't break-down or need repair sitting in the driveway.

    I had to go into the office for a few hours, at 2:00 in the afternoon, the traffic on the main road looked like 7:00 am on a Sunday morning.

    I had to drop something off at the post office and buy some fertilizer............ post office, empty - Hardware store, maybe 10 people (not counting employees).

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Driving is one of the few impugnable freedoms out there : 60 MPH social distancing.

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Dealerships sales? No. Service departments to service government fleets while this **** goes down? YES!
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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Nobody is going to work, nobody is driving, cars don't break-down or need repair sitting in the driveway.

    I had to go into the office for a few hours, at 2:00 in the afternoon, the traffic on the main road looked like 7:00 am on a Sunday morning.

    I had to drop something off at the post office and buy some fertilizer............ post office, empty - Hardware store, maybe 10 people (not counting employees).

    It's like a ghost-town, everywhere!
    And look up into the sky, no airplanes.

    Though one thing still running is the internet, my wife has been doing a lot of shopping and getting deliveries.

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    Re: Dealers brace for slow sales due to virus, want to be exempted from shutdowns

    If anyone out there needs some work during these weird times, some of the big retailers (internet/big box) are hiring workers: Walmart, Domino's, Amazon, Kroger, etc.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money...is/2886881001/

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