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Car dealership remains open, offers mobile car testing

Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 18:01:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Car dealerships are feeling the effects of coronavirus.

Werner Hyundai on Capital Circle is providing a clean and safe dealership for everyone. Chief Operating Officer for the Werner Auto Team, Rick Gladwell explained on Wednesday that his dealership is hyper aware of the situation involving Coronavirus.

He says they are taking all of the necessary precautions. They have hand-washing stations and are greeting customers with a smile.

"What Mr. Werner has asked us to do, in both of his dealerships, is to be aware of that and practice social distancing," Gladwell said. "A smile instead of a handshake."

He said they are sanitizing every car that comes into the dealership and before each car leaves. He also explained that Hyundai has come out with buyer protection program.

They've deferred payments for up to four months. If you lose your job, no payments for six months.

"We're just trying to get the word out that it's all not gloom and doom," said Gladwell. "We're open for business. We intend to sell cars. Now is the time to get a good deal."

Werner Hyundai has added mobile car testing, so customers do not have to come inside the dealership to test drive a vehicle.

"We do everything online, as most dealerships do," said Gladwell. "In our service department, we've moved some of our seating, so when you wait, you're not anywhere near anybody else. We have outside seating set up for customers."

Gladwell said mobile car testing means the dealership will bring the car to the customer to test drive. It will be sanitized before, and then the salesperson can leave for the customer to drive the vehicle.

If the customer decides to keep the car, the paperwork can be done online.