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Governor Issues Additional Guidance Bulletin; Includes Important Guidance for Automotive Dealers

The Governor’s office has issued a Guidance Bulletin dated March 31, 2020 which includes important guidance for automotive dealers. Read the full text here.

Per the Guidance Bulletin, limited sales and leasing activities are deemed essential only in the following circumstances: in order to close a pending transaction as of March 23rd, the date that the Proclamation was issued; or in order to replace a totaled vehicle, damaged vehicle if impractical to repair, extend an expiring lease, or provide necessary transportation to essential workers (refer to the Proclamation) if the essential worker has no other means of transportation. Such sale or lease activity must be by appointment only as scheduled remotely and only 1 dealership employee may be present in the dealership (showroom or office) at any one time and only for the duration of the sale. In addition, the customer must certify that the purchase is essential for one of the reasons listed. Of course, and quite important, the dealership must comply with the social distancing and sanitation measures required.

For sales transactions that qualify, the customer must sign a statement certifying that the transaction qualifies pursuant to the language of the Governor’s Guidance Bulletin and Proclamation. Such document should be required as part of the customer car deal file. We still suggest that management and/or the dealer operator continue to oversee these transactions to ensure compliance.

If you have any questions or need assistance with drafting the necessary documentation, please do not hesitate to contact Kari Brotherton at [email protected] or Shannon Lawless at [email protected].

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