Pennsylvania car dealerships can start selling once again, but there are plenty of challenges ahead for local auto dealers looking to recover in a weakened economy, writes Kennedy Rose for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
One of the things that has improved in recent weeks are online sales, said Ian Jeffrey, president of Volvo Cars of Fort Washington. But that does not help mitigate the issues created by COVID-19 that have slowed down the entire car-buying process.
Cars that were ordered in January and were supposed to reach buyers by March got caught in the slow production and transportation due to business shutdowns.
Additionally, the usually simple process of delivering paperwork and vehicles to customers became much more complicated with social distancing guidelines, according to Jeffrey.
However, revenue losses incurred over the last several months and possible cessation of operations were not the worst part of the shutdown for Jeffrey.
“To me, it was having that conversation with my staff and saying, ‘I may not see you for a couple of months, and I’m going to have to ask you to go on unemployment,’” he said.
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