Mayor clarifies that on-line automobile leasing and sales is an “Essential Business”
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Emergency Order No. 2020-04 allowing car dealerships to sell or lease vehicles on a strictly on-line basis. To view the Order, click here.
According to the Order, which is consistent with the Mayor’s Stay at Home Order, dealerships will be able to continue sales as long as each step of the transaction is conducted on-line, and the car is then delivered to the customer’s home. The Order clarifies that this is Essential Business, as long as the leasing or sales activities are conducted by licensed new and used car and truck dealerships and only if the activity is for one of the following purposes:
To close a pending transaction that began before the Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-02 was issued (March 22); or
To replace a totaled vehicle, replace a damaged vehicle that is impractical to repair, extend a lease that expires, or provide transportation to essential workers in “Essential Business” or “Essential Infrastructure” if the essential worker has no other means of transportation.
Under no circumstances shall there be in-person test driving of any vehicle, and the buyer must certify that the purchase is essential for one of the reasons provided above. All activities must continue to be conducted in a manner that complies with Social Distancing Requirements established in Emergency Order 2020-02. This is effective at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Violation of the Order is punishable as a misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000, up to a year in jail, or both.