NIADA Calls for ‘Essential’ Designation

By Staff Writer March 26, 2020 724

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association is calling on the White House to include auto sales as an essential service.

In a letter to President Trump sent this week, NIADA CEO Steve Jordan requested clarification from the Administration that automobile sales and leasing at independent automobile dealerships are essential services permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked that the recent guidance document on the essential critical infrastructure workforce issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency be amended to include vehicle sales and leasing as essential services.

In the letter, Jordan said it is not only critical to safeguard the businesses and services identified as essential, it is equally important to safeguard businesses that enable essential services to continue uninterrupted – including auto maintenance and repair facilities, which were included in the CISA document.

But motor vehicle sales are also essential, Jordan said, noting, “Whether in times of crisis or not, repairing a vehicle may not be a viable option. The vehicle may be declared a total loss, parts may not be available, the vehicle may simply be worn out or it may not be economically feasible to repair it.

“In these instances, the American consumer may have an immediate need to replace the vehicle. Stated differently, the only repair might be a different vehicle” and consumers “will need the sales and leasing (and perhaps financing) services an independent dealer can provide.”

NIADA will continue to encourage all independent dealers to place the safety of their customers and employees first.

 

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