Coronavirus sideswipes auto sales: 'We're going to ride this out,' says one car dealer after shutting off all sales

EL CAJON, Calif. — Normally, the showroom at El Cajon Ford is busy, with its staff selling about 40 cars and trucks a week. But these are not normal times. The dealership’s showroom has been empty for days and this week’s sales count came to zero.That’s because management decided to close down all sales on March 21 due to the stay-at-home orders put in place by Gov. Gavin Newsom aimed at trying to blunt the spread of the coronavirus.“Right now, we have no sales people anywhere in the store so they don’t have to worry about getting sick,” said Paul Dyke, El Cajon Ford’s general manager.While so...


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