Dealer Groups, ATD, Alliance for Automotive Innovation Urge Trump to Clarify Auto, Truck Sales as Essential
The ability to provide replacement cars and trucks in response to any number of scenarios will be vital to ensuring that those in need of reliable personal transportation continue to have access to it, the groups said, stressing that franchised car and truck dealers recognize the need to conduct even limited sales and leasing activities in manner that protects the general public, our customers and our employees.
Alliance for Automotive Innovation, NADA and MEMA Call on White House and Congress to Pass Economic Stimulus Package to Address COVID-19 Impact
The Alliance, NADA and MEMA have asked Congressional leaders and the White House to enact policies that provide immediate economic relief broadly, as well as to the auto industry, and that help all businesses work through the challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
From increased sanitizing and cleaning to maintaining social distancing, auto dealerships are doing everything they can to keep their customers, employees and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration issued guidance classifying automotive service as essential. While the essential nature of automotive service is not really in question, as service and repair is required to keep America’s fleet of cars and trucks on the road.
The new law provides certain eligible employees with potential coronavirus-related emergency paid sick leave, emergency family and medical leave, and expanded unemployment insurance.
The Detroit Three automakers will shut down their U.S. plants to stop the spread of coronavirus, bowing to pressure from the union representing about 150,000 hourly workers at those facilities, industry officials said.
Detroit automakers and the United Auto Workers agreed on Tuesday to curtail production at the automakers’ U.S. factories, limiting the number of workers on the job at one time to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease among roughly 150,000 factory employees.
Given the lack of uniformity in how states and local municipalities taking action are classifying dealership sales, service and parts operations, NADA and the Alliance have requested that the U.S. government ensure that the nation’s motor vehicle fleet remains as safe and operational as possible by considering vehicle repair, maintenance and sales facilities as essential operations during the coronavirus outbreak.
There have been many reports from healthcare providers, pharmacies, grocers, retailers, utility companies, banks, credit unions and financial service providers, among others, that routine, important customer service calls from are being blocked by the providers because of this protocol. NADA has recently received reports that dealers have also now begun to face these issues on calls made from their dealership.