NYIADA PROVIDES COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR DEALERS

NYIADA Coronavirus Crisis WebinarCLICK TO REGISTER
Monday, April 6th at 11AM

What Every New York Independent Dealer Must Know to Operate Under Federal and State Laws Regarding: Employee Sick and Family Leave and Layoffs; Economic Relief Programs; Remote Sales

Covid-19 Updates

NYIADA is dedicated to staying updated on and vigilant with important procedures from the CDC, NYS Department of Public Health and local authorities, all of whom are helping us. As your legislative and supportive body, we are here for you and will do whatever we can to support you, your dealership, and your family. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. NYIADA Executive Director Paula Frendel

CURRENT UPDATES

UPDATE APRIL 1:

NYIADA & NIADA ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST PERTINENT INFORMATION THAT IMPACTS YOUR BUSINESS.
 
NIADA RESOURCE PAGE

NIADA has been working diligently to confront the daily challenges of the Coronavirus and the impact that it has had on the automotive industry and NIADA members. To help consolidate and provide pertinent information, NIADA has created this COVID-19 Dealer Resource page with up-to-date developments that may affect independent dealer business.

CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
 
State-specific information will be posted on: NYIADA’s Covid-19 Resource Page
 
Additionally, Covid -19 Relief available to workers under New York State Law 
Please continue to reach out with comments, questions, or concerns. We are in this together!

 

used car news article

NYIADA’s victory was featured in Used Car News.

UPDATE March 30
RULES FOR REMOTE/ELECTRONIC SALES OF VEHICLES AND IN-PERSON VEHICLE RETURN/DELIVERY (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) DURING NY STATE ON PAUSE

Hello NYIADA,

We announced on March 26, 2020, an enormous victory for our dealers!

“Automotive sales conducted remotely or electronically, with in-person vehicle return and delivery by appointment only” was classified as an “essential service” by The Empire State Development Corporation. Previously, car dealerships in NY had to cease operations completely under Governor Cuomo’s placement of NY State on PAUSE due to COVID-19.

This is a a big win for NYIADA and the New York dealer associations that have been working continuously to create an exemption to allow New York dealers to safely sell cars.

Here are rules that must be followed while you conduct sales during this time:

  • Dealers may sell automobiles remotely or electronically to any consumer. This means selling to consumers online, on websites, email, video chat, telephone calls, etc.
  • Dealers can only allow vehicle return and delivery at the dealership (on the lot, in the service department, or wherever you usually deliver) through appointment only!
  • Staff can be present at the dealership only to the extent necessary to conduct sales remotely or electronically. They must remain at home / work from home otherwise.
  • Dealers cannot keep the showroom open. Only staff that is necessary to complete the in-person vehicle return or delivery or to operate sales remotely or electronically may be at the dealership during the times dealers set appointments with consumers.
  • Dealers CANNOT allow customers to test-drive cars.
  • Dealers must follow the New York Department of Health guidance regarding disinfecting the workplace: Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19

We cannot express firmly enough that you MUST follow these rules. WE COULD LOSE THE EXEMPTION IF THE RULES ARE BROKEN, AND YOUR DEALERSHIP MAY ENCOUNTER FINES. YOU MUST COMPLY!

UPDATE March 26: Good news!
Dear Dealers,

As you are aware, NYIADA has been advocating to re-open dealerships in New York State. We have been calling on Governor Cuomo, the White House, Empire Development Corp. and speaking with the DMV, requesting an exemption and change to “essential status” for Independent Dealerships.

We are overjoyed to announce that today Empire Development Corp. authorized dealer sales: Guidance for Determining whether a Business is Subject to a Workforce Reduction under Recent Executive Orders enacted to address the Covid-19 outbreak.

Here is the authorization language:
“automotive sales conducted remotely or electronically, with in-person vehicle return and delivery by appointment only.”

This language allows dealers to sell vehicles over the phone and over the internet and schedule in-person vehicle return and delivery by appointment only.

This change allows our independent dealers to continue to sell vehicles to our population, who need vital transportation for individual and family safety and maintenance purposes during this time. This will mitigate negative economic repercussions which would have occurred for a full closure as well.

We will continue to update our members with information as we receive it.

NYIADA is here to support you during this time. Now more than ever, it is important that we stick together; as you can see with this update, we are a successful team!

Please continue to reach out with questions, concerns, ideas, or comments. I am here for you.

Sincerely,

Paula Frendel
Executive Director
NYIADA
NYIADA.pfrendel@gmail.com
(855) 694-2324

 

UPDATE: March 25, 2020

UPDATE: March 23, 2020

NYIADA is here to help dealers through this crisis and provide you with information on relief packages as we receive them, such as:
 
Additionally, the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide taxpayers with a range of benefits, including paid sick and family leave for employees.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020
Governor Cuomo Issues “New York State on Pause” Executive Order, Albany NY

Under the Governor’s Executive Order, Automotive Repair Shops remain open, and Auto Sales excluded in the essential services category. Read More — https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

HOW GARAGE LIABILITY COVERAGE WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE (COVID-19)

The New York State Department of Financial Services released a letter to all authorized property/casualty insurers concerning business interruption due to the (COVID-19) and how it is related to your coverage.

Click Here for Full Details

NYS DMV Status Update

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has released a memo Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 containing the following information:

Just wanted to let you know, DMV is open for business. Starting today we’ll be serving issuing office customers by reservation only on the following dates in the following offices:

Today, March 18 – Peekskill, White Plains, Yonkers, West Haverstraw
March 19 – Bethpage, Garden City, Massapequa, Port Jefferson, Hauppauge, Huntington, Medford, Riverhead
March 20 – College Point, Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Harlem, License Express, Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan- Greenwich Street, Brooklyn-Atlantic Center, Brooklyn-Coney Island, Bronx Registration Center, Bronx License Center, Richmond, Albany District Office, Syracuse, North Syracuse Our District Office.

VERIFI is operational – and will continue to function normally. Vehicle Safety staff will be available to respond to dealer needs when necessary. Automotive Facility Inspectors have been temporarily reassigned to assist with the Department of Health call center, but are available to address any dealer concerns on a case by case basis. Our Partnering and Document Distribution Unit is staffed and available to assist your members. And, I’m at my desk, so let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Check the DMV website (“Cancellations, closings and delays” page) for information about status of individual county clerk-run offices.

If DMV status changes, I will let you know. I trust you’re all heeding CDC/DOH guidance to avoid exposure. Stay safe.

Thanks,

Thomas Higgins
Deputy Commissioner for Compliance

We will keep you updated with important information as we receive it.