How Delaware Valley car dealerships are doing during the pandemic

Kimberly Adams
April 19, 2020 - 3:38 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  While many companies are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, several local automobile dealerships have found ways to keep doing business.

"People are starting to buy more cars. They're feeling more comfortable,” said Capital Motor Cars president Christopher Amico.

Amico said there is no showroom at his offices in Marlton and North Jersey there's no need since they've always operated their business online. 

Customers choose their cars from an inventory on the website that the company acquires through hundreds of dealerships and car manufacturers throughout the country.

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With COVID-19 and social distancing in place, he said, "Every steering wheel is covered, every seat is wrapped and every floor is covered with a fresh paper mat. The handles on the doors are wiped down, our drivers are fully covered with N95 masks, gloved during the entire process.”

For Moorestown customer Bharat Ramprasad, the car was left right outside his home, and the paperwork was completed online.

"They convinced us they could do it in a very safe way for my family and they delivered on that,” he said. 

Auto sales aren't allowed in Pennsylvania at the moment, but Barbera's Autoland president Gary Barbera said they continue to handle emergencies and he anticipates Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will lift the ban.

"Any appointment we have, any vehicle that was previously ordered or anybody that uses our Barbera touchless buying service, we will be able to do business with,” he said.