As Congress is poised to pass a historic $2 trillion stimulus package to address the impact of the escalating COVID-19 health crisis, America’s auto dealerships continue to work through the challenges of operating during the coronavirus pandemic.
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 new law provides certain eligible employees with potential coronavirus-related emergency paid sick leave, emergency family and medical leave, and expanded unemployment insurance.
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.
New light-vehicle sales in February were strong, with a SAAR of 16.83 million units for the month—an increase of 1.9% compared to February 2019. Raw sales volume topped 1.3 million units, an increase of 8.4% compared to February of last year.
New light-vehicle sales in January were close to flat compared to this time last year. January’s SAAR of 16.84 million units represents an increase of 0.8%.
The year came to a close with new light-vehicle sales of 17.1 million, according to the Automotive News Data Center. This marks the fifth straight year of more than 17 million units sold.