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March 18, 2020

Dealers: Our Stores are Essential to Society

Alexandria, VA (March 18, 2020) – As states and municipalities weigh further restrictions on public gatherings and “non-essential” businesses in the fight against the Covid-19 virus, Cody Lusk, President and CEO of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), has one message to share: Auto dealerships and their service shops ARE essential to the communities they serve.

“These are uncharted waters for all of us. As Americans determine the best way to move forward and protect each other, AIADA asks that lawmakers keep in mind the tremendous value dealerships offer their cities and towns, and the many important services they perform – from brake repairs to addressing critical recalls to providing vehicles to essential workers who can no longer rely on public transportation. Dealers are working around the clock to ensure compliance with CDC guidelines and establish safe conditions for both their employees and customers. Local governments should allow them to continue to make available the essential services their communities require.”

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