COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how
DETROIT — At some point, we’ve all felt like a chump in a car dealership showroom, waiting for the salesperson to emerge from a shrouded back office where they presumably spent the last 20 minutes pushing a hard-nosed manager to chip another hundred bucks off the price of that car you’re haggling over.After hours at the dealership, it feels like an endless game that you’re destined to lose.But that exhausting and enigmatic car-buying process at bricks-and-mortar stores will be a relic of the past in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts predict. Mandated stay-home orders ...
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Coronavirus could make it tougher to find pickup truck you want
Add a potential pickup truck shortage to the list of impacts from the coronavirus.It’s an issue on the mind of Charlie Gilchrist, whose string of dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is feeling the crunch of continuing demand and limited supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic and auto manufacturing shutdown. Zero% financing deals have also had an impact.“We’re going to have a shortage … especially down here in Texas,” said Gilchrist, past president of the National Automobile Dealers Association and whose dealerships cover the big truck brands — Ford, Chevrolet, GMC and Ram. “We’re facing a ser...
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Businesses with big drops in electricity consumption during pandemic: Car dealers, dry cleaners, restaurants
Want to know how much the COVID-19 outbreak has affected businesses? A good indication comes by simply measuring how much electricity they’re using.And data gathered by Innowatts, an analytics company based in Houston, show that if you’re a car dealer, a restaurant owner and even a dry cleaner, you’re in a world of hurt. Each of those areas reported reductions of 51% or more in electricity consumption last month as business activity evaporated in the wake of coronavirus restrictions.But a handful of businesses actually increased their electricity use.“Our global economy is an electricity-based...
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