Governor Tom Wolf allows online car sales in Pennsylvania amid COVID-19 shutdown

BUT THERE IS A CATCH THAT CUSTOMERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF. FOR THE PAST FOUR WEEKS CUSTOMERS HAVE STAYED AWAY FROM CAR CONNECTIONS SUPERSTORE IN NEW CASTLE. THEY CROSSED THE STATE LINE TO BUY IN OHIO. THAT’S ABOUT TO CHANGE. >> I’VE NEVER BOUGHT A CAR ONLINE BEFORE. I AM GOING TO NOW. REPORTER: ROBERT MROZEK IS ONE OF MICHAEL MANSOUR’S CUSTOMERS WHO WILL BUY ONLINE FROM CAR CONNECTIONS. MANSOUR IS ALSO PART OF THE PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT AUTOMOBILE DEALS ASSOCIATION WHO APPLIED PRESSURE TO THE GOVERNOR TO ALLOW ONLINE CAR DEALS. >> WE PUT CONTINOUS PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNOR AS A FRONTLINE SERVICE TO OUR DEALERS AND A COMMITMENT TO ALL OF OUR DEALERS. CONVINCING HIM THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS. REPORTER: NUMBER ONE COCHRAN CEO ROB COCHRAN SAYS PENNSYLVANIA CAR DEALERSHIP OWNERS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS HAVE SUFFERED DURING THE PANDEMIC. >> MANY OF THEM REALLY NEEDING THE VEHICLE. SOME INVOLVED WITH COLLISION, THEY DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO WAIT A MONTH OR SIX WEEKS TO GET THEIR CAR. IT WAS CREATING HARDSHIPS FOR MANY. REPORTER: ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNOR IS ALLOW ONLINE CAR SALES, WE’RE TOLD CUSTOMERS CANNOT TEST DRIVE A VEHICLE BEFORE PURCH

Governor Tom Wolf allows online car sales

Car dealerships were not on list of essential businesses amid COVID-19 shutdown in Pennsylvania


Details and guidance for online car sales have not been flushed out, but dealerships across the commonwealth are breathing a sigh of relief because it means they no longer have to watch the buying public cross state lines to make vehicle purchases.Many dealers complain of hardships during the past four weeks because they were not on Gov. Tom Wolf’s list of essential businesses, not even for online sales.”I lost a tremendous amount of business that I would have normally sustained under my own rooftop, and lost it to Ohio,” said Michael Mansour, owner of Car Connections Superstore in New Castle. “The big question is, have you lost your customer for eternity or are they going to come back? We don’t know that.”Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran, said the buying public unable to travel across state lines has also faced tough obstacles without the ability to buy in Pennsylvania.”Some of them involved in collisions, they really didn’t have the ability to wait a month or six weeks to get a car and it was really creating hardship for many,” Cochran said.Those are some of the messages sent to Wolf from auto dealership organizations in recent weeks, Mansour said.”We put continuous pressure on the governor as a front-line service to our dealers and a commitment to all of our dealers, convincing him that this is an essential business,” Mansour said.

Details and guidance for online car sales have not been flushed out, but dealerships across the commonwealth are breathing a sigh of relief because it means they no longer have to watch the buying public cross state lines to make vehicle purchases.

Many dealers complain of hardships during the past four weeks because they were not on Gov. Tom Wolf’s list of essential businesses, not even for online sales.

“I lost a tremendous amount of business that I would have normally sustained under my own rooftop, and lost it to Ohio,” said Michael Mansour, owner of Car Connections Superstore in New Castle. “The big question is, have you lost your customer for eternity or are they going to come back? We don’t know that.”

Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran, said the buying public unable to travel across state lines has also faced tough obstacles without the ability to buy in Pennsylvania.

“Some of them involved in collisions, they really didn’t have the ability to wait a month or six weeks to get a car and it was really creating hardship for many,” Cochran said.

Those are some of the messages sent to Wolf from auto dealership organizations in recent weeks, Mansour said.

“We put continuous pressure on the governor as a front-line service to our dealers and a commitment to all of our dealers, convincing him that this is an essential business,” Mansour said.

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