Federal government deems vehicle sales essential services

Posted by Sarah Pekala on April 20, 2020

There may be some good news for auto dealers who’ve had to stop selling cars due to COVID-19. Last Friday April 17, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency updated their essential workforce guidelines to include vehicle leasing and sales:

“Workers critical to the manufacturing, distribution, sales, rental, leasing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles and other transportation equipment (including electric vehicle charging stations) and the supply chains that enable these operations to facilitate continuity of travel-related operations for essential workers.”

Before this, automotive maintenance and repair services were deemed essential, not sales. Regulations vary by state, so check with your local government for more information.

If you’re a CarGurus customer, sign up now to add your dealership’s contactless services directly to your CarGurus listings:

  • Social distancing dealership appointments: Shoppers can practice safe social distancing by signing up for a private dealership appointment
  • Virtual appointments: Schedule a virtual meeting with shoppers to give them a virtual walk-around the vehicle they’re interested in
  • Free test drive at home: If the shopper is within a 25 mile radius, you can bring the vehicle to their home for a safe, solo test drive
  • Contactless purchase: Shoppers can either pay for or finance a vehicle remotely, by phone or email, and any paperwork will be delivered to them
  • Free home drop-off: If a shopper is ready to buy, they’ll receive the paperwork and vehicle delivered to their home free of charge, within a 25 mile radius
Topics: auto industry news, covid-19