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Monday, 30 March 2020 19:06

Family-Owned PA Auto Dealerships Hold onto Hope as Coronavirus Crisis Rocks Main Street

Written by Jen Samuel, Daily Local News
Sky Motor Cars team members include, left to right, Kevin Reece, Justin Spoont, owner Brett Sholder and Andrew Rennard. Sky Motor Cars team members include, left to right, Kevin Reece, Justin Spoont, owner Brett Sholder and Andrew Rennard. Daily Local News


D'Ambrosio said there is no playbook for this. In recent days, he’s told his employees that everyone will have food for their families.


“Chester County is the best community in the world,” D'Ambrosio said. “They know that they’re strong and we’ll get through this. They’re great people here. They’re the strongest group of people I’ve ever met in Chester County. They’re civic oriented.”

He added, “We'll be fine. The fear factor has to subside. And fear is terrible.”


Jeff D'Ambrosio Auto Group is a leading full-service dealership in Chester County dedicated to bringing high-quality vehicles and great service to the region. The dealership carries a large selection of new cars and pre-owned vehicles across a wide spectrum of brands.


“Life is full of disturbances,” D'Ambrosio said. “This is when leaders lead and you can really tell the people that are of really good character---how they react.”


He said he tells the staff on his team to be leaders.


D’Ambrosio expressed his thanks for his family, community and employees. “I am very worried about them because I know their fear is terrible.”


He welcomes his team calling him with questions. “I really care about my employees. My employees are my friends.”


Delaware has closed down auto sales in the First State until May 16.


In Harrisburg, the effort to legalize online car sales for commonwealth-based auto dealers continues.


“We have made requests to the governor’s office to allow for online sales to continue to help our dealer members and satisfy the needs of the communities they support,” said Stine on behalf of the PAA.


“Such online sales, with limited interaction for the customer, would be beneficial both to dealerships and to their customers, but to date we have received no response to our requests.”


“The Wolf administration's highest priority remains protecting public health and safety,” said Casey Smith, communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Interstate travel is not prohibited.”

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