Our coverage of the coronavirus in the dealership world is sparking lots of conversations among readers of autonews.com. Here's a sampling.
"Parts and service are essential. Sales and office work can be accomplished by telecommuting. Sales can make appointments to meet, and/or work in a skeleton crew 'floor day' capacity to reduce non-essential office workforce. Safety of everyone is primary. The entire dealership workforce does not have to be inside the walls to accomplish their jobs and keep sales and administration going." -- disqus_rNium00GJe
"Dealerships are in a unique position. Most employees are paid by commissions earned. If they were paid hourly, dealers would be sending people home. People are losing jobs right and left. No one will buy a car now. Unless, they have one totaled or laid down. Those folks could be easily taken care by a manager on site or salesperson volunteering to work. Better yet, let the dealer principal do it. No need to put an employee at risk." -- Speed6
"Put everybody in masks and gloves and keep on trucking." -- FDC
"To make the playing field equal all dealerships must close. That's the biggest problem, nobody wants to close if their competitors down the street stay open." -- Doo It
"It's impossible & ridiculous to say new car showrooms are critical to the country. Car repair, yes. New car purchases, probably. But it has to be done SAFELY. I just don't see how a dealership can possibly sell cars safely in the age of Coronavirus and social distancing when people MUST assume everyone has COVID-19." -- purrpullberra
"Dealerships need to be shut down. Inessential to keep them open. We are putting our people at risk so corporate America can reign while we get sick and die!" -- Alex