Car buying during Covid: What's changed?
HALES CORNERS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Car buying is definitely a different experience these days in light of the COVID crisis. CBS58 spoke with the general manager at Holz Motors in Hales Corner. Mitch Visintainer says sales are down since the pandemic began more than a month ago. Less people are visiting the showroom as well. But he stresses if you're in need of a new vehicle, there's still plenty you can do virtually, including doing your research online via the manufacturer's website or reliable sites like J.D. Power. Also, keep in mind there are some big incentives for you to buy now, including zero percent promotions and deferred payments for 120 days. There are also extra rebates for essential employees, like nurses, chiropractors, and veterinarians.
Keep in mind many dealers' hours are limited now. Also, if you do want to come in and test drive a car, you're on your own. In other words, don't expect the salesperson to ride along with you. One more mention. At most dealers, if not all, the actual showroom, service center, and cars themselves are carefully sanitized repeatedly throughout the day.