TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Car dealers are among the many businesses trying to do business during the coronavirus pandemic.
May has been somewhat of a return to normal at Barnes Crossing Hyundai Mazda in Tupelo.
The dealership’s general manager, Will Cody, said the pandemic is changing the way some customers shop.
"It’s definitely a different mindset,” he said. “Customers that would normally plan on spending the weekend shopping for a car at the dealership, and test driving, and meeting a ton of different people at a ton of different lots; they are doing the majority of their shopping online.”
The pandemic also changed the way the dealership does business. There can only be 10 customers in the showroom at one time. As for test drives, employees sanitize cars, and many people test drive without sales associates.
Shopper Dzyre Gildon said the precautions give her some peace of mind.
"I'm getting anxiety about being close to people and the precautions I have to take," Gildon said.
As for business, Cody said the dealership has been pretty busy. This month’s sales are back to normal. In the first week of May, more than 100 people purchased cars.