Michigan senator urging Gov. Whitmer to allow internet car sales, leasing during COVID-19 emergency

Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 15:17:55-04

(WXYZ) — State Senator Dale Zorn is urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer to allow Michigan dealerships to sell and lease vehicles online during the COVID-19 emergency.

“Michigan is the automobile state, yet our state’s auto dealers are currently at a great disadvantage compared to dealers in states like Ohio, where they can still sell and lease vehicles in person and over the internet,” Zorn said. “We can allow our auto dealers to compete and protect the public from the coronavirus at the same time."

Zorn specifically asked the governor to consider amending Executive Order 2020-21 to grant state auto dealers the ability to use online sales and leasing options and deliver them directly to the buyer's or lessee's home.

“Our auto dealers have successfully been selling vehicles via the internet for many years through available software such as GM’s Shop, Click, Drive program, which offers no person-to-person contact,” Zorn said. “My request to the governor is about allowing a cornerstone of our economy to continue to function in a limited form while still ensuring our state has the necessary measures in place during this public health emergency.”

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