NY: Auto Sales designated ‘Essential’

By Staff Writer March 29, 2020 1116
 Governor Cuomo is allowing licensed auto dealers to sell cars online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo is allowing licensed auto dealers to sell cars online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York has changed  course and designated auto sales as an essential service.

On March 26, the Empire State Development Corp. authorized dealer sales by adding new authorization language: “automotive sales conducted remotely or electronically, with in-person vehicle return and delivery by appointment only.”

The New York Independent Automobile Dealers Association had lobbied heavily for the change and celebrated the announcement.

This language allows dealers to sell vehicles over the phone and over the internet and schedule in-person vehicle return and delivery by appointment only,” stated Paula Frendel, executive director of the NYIADA. “This change allows our independent dealers to continue to sell vehicles to our population, who need vital transportation for individual and family safety and maintenance purposes during this time. This will mitigate negative economic repercussions which would have occurred for a full closure as well.”

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