As Northwest Pennsylvania looks forward to a rollback of some COVID-19 restrictions, Senator Dan Laughlin called on the Governor to lift the restriction on in-person vehicle sales.
In a letter to the Governor, Senator Laughlin stressed the need to provide immediate relief for Pennsylvania’s struggling car dealers.
“Not only do these businesses have millions of dollars’ worth of vehicles sitting idle on their lots and thousands of employees sitting just as idle at home, but there are many people across the Commonwealth — including some in critical life-sustaining professions — who need reliable vehicles,” Senator Laughlin wrote. “Online sales, while an important step forward, simply does not adequately serve the needs of Pennsylvanians, especially those who prefer to ‘kick the tires’ before investing in a vehicle.”
Senator Laughlin said he has been assured by many Erie area car dealers that they can work within the CDC guidelines to keep employees and customers safe when they reopen their doors for vehicle sales.
“I believe we can, and should, allow them to reopen and operate in a safe manner,” Senator Laughlin wrote.
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