Local, family-owned car dealerships are holding onto hope as their businesses continue to feel the negative effects of the coronavirus crisis, writes Jen Samuel for the Daily Times.
While vehicle repair and parts sales were deemed essential during the health crisis, Gov. Tom Wolf recently ruled that sales departments of statewide car dealerships as being “non-essential.”
Now, local dealerships are lobbying to see that decision reversed.
Downingtown’s HG Motorcar Corporation, founded by Jeff Haly 38 years ago, officially closed all in-house departments on March 24. However, the staff remains on-call to help customers as needed.
“I have mechanics on call,” said Haly. “If we have somebody that has an emergency … we will pick it up, we will fix it, we will deliver it.”
Meanwhile, Sky Motor Cars in West Chester, opened by Brett Sholder in 2002, is currently losing sales to car dealerships in Maryland, as they are still allowed to sell cars.
“It’s kind of disturbing,” said Sholder. “You can have somebody local who needs a car and you can’t sell them, but they can drive down 95 an hour, or less than that, and buy a car.”
Read more about the car dealerships in the Daily Times here.