Auto Sales Now Essential in California


Auto Sales Now Deemed Essential. As you know, DealerXT has been fighting for dealerships to be declared Essential since the first Shelter In Place Orders were issued on March 17. DealerXT contacted county and state officials directly and prepared a petition to Gov. Newsom’s office that collected HUNDREDS of signatures and comments from California dealers demanding that the Governor’s Office declare auto sales essential in California.

We are pleased to announce that our efforts have paid off! Auto Sales Now Deemed Essential (with certain limitations)


Gov. Newsom’s Office just amended their Essential Workforce List and specifically added auto sales as ESSENTIAL. Here are some highlights of the updated Guidance:

  • “Workers critical to … sales…of vehicles” are essential “if remote working is not practical.”

Gov. Newsom did indicate that Counties may impose more strict regulations and that if there is a conflict between County and State orders, the more strict order applies.

As we mentioned in a newsletter last week, many California Counties have changed their County Stay at Home Orders to allow car dealers to sell cars. Some are only allowing “Online Sales”, while some have gone further to allow “In-Person Sales” to take place. Also, many counties are requiring safety protocols to be submitted to the County Public Health Office for approval.

Here is a list of the California County Orders:

Counties that now specifically ALLOW In-Person Auto Sales and Leasing:

Counties that allow “Auto-supply, auto-repair, and maintenance…and automotive dealerships.”

Counties that now ALLOW Online Auto Sales if delivered to a Residence or another Essential Business and Social Distancing Guidelines are followed:

Counties following State Executive Orders (which now specifically include auto sales as essential, if remote working is not practical):

Counties that allow “Auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities“:

Counties that allow “Auto-supply, auto-repair” only:

  • Nevada County

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