A Buick-GMC dealership in Ohio let city employees borrow pickups from its new-vehicle inventory so they could avoid having to ride with colleagues while traveling to job sites during the coronavirus pandemic.
The owners of Toth Buick-GMC, in a suburb of Akron, decided the trucks were better off being put to use by helping the community than sitting on the lot. They offered six GMC pickups, which were returned to the dealership as each was eventually sold over a three-month period, the Akron Beacon Journal reported last week.
The city of Green used them so workers in its service department didn't have to share vehicles while on the road.
"When the COVID thing reached us in March, we just had a lot of down time," Russell Toth, who owns the dealership with his brothers Steve and Nick, told the newspaper. "At some point it finally dawned on us maybe we should be thinking about what we could do to help, which led to the pickup truck proposal. I just figured they'd be running supplies all around and didn't even think of the concern from the drivers' perspective."
Now that the pickups have been sold, the dealership is working on another, even bigger way to help the city. It's planning to donate a $26,000 GMC Terrain to a community health program that provides nonemergency rides for patients and elderly residents.