On CBT News for March 27, 2020: AIADA President Cody Lusk Discusses the Importance of Classifying Dealerships as ‘Essential’

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Today on CBTNews.com – Friday, March 27th, 2020:

AIADA President Cody Lusk Discusses the Importance of Classifying Dealerships as ‘Essential’
On today’s show, we welcome back AIADA President Cody Lusk. Cody speaks to CBT’s Jim Fitzpatrick about how Washington has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and what local dealers and the AIADA are doing to get through this time.

Cody LuskCarmakers Shifting Gears to Manufacture Critical Supplies in COVID-19 Fight
Manufacturers Ford and General Motors (GM) are joining the fight against COVID-19. The carmakers are partnering with medical supply producers to help scale the production of much-needed equipment. This news comes after the large automakers agreed to suspend vehicle production as a precaution against the quickly-spreading virus. UAW President Rory Gamble applauded the move, saying, “This will give us time to review best practices and to prevent the spread of this disease. We appreciate General Motors’ actions today and will continue to work with them on health and safety plans to be implemented when we resume production.” Read More

Cody LuskHow Dealerships Can Come out of the COVID-19 Scare Stronger Than Before
The globe is facing an unprecedented challenge, and in many ways, auto dealerships are in the front lines. Despite the growing popularity of online car buying, 95% of vehicles are still purchased in a dealership. Those numbers are likely to drop as new restrictions are put in place to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. What can dealerships do to prepare for what’s next — whatever “next” is? Here are a few ideas for weathering the storm and coming out stronger on the other side. Read More

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