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Car dealerships receive 'essential' label, reopen with virtual shopping

Chris Onorato
Updated: March 28, 2020 09:57 PM
Created: March 28, 2020 08:48 PM

You hear it everywhere you go these days: a 'new normal.'

It looks different for each of us and no one can say with absolute certainty how long it will last.

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But you can now include car dealerships, like the Lia Auto Group, among those recalibrating the way they do business.

Car dealerships were no different from so many other businesses at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and here at home in the Capital Region.

They fought to keep their doors open, even if only virtually.

The automotive industry petitioned president trump's initial guidelines which did not include the sales aspect of car dealerships in a list of services still essential during this pandemic and 10 days after that first ruling, vehicle sales are back in business.

Albeit with some significant changes; showrooms are not open to the public and test drives are not allowed for the time being.


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