On Monday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extended the state’s stay-at-home order until at least May 8. That same day, we’ll start to see some life again in the area when construction projects can resume, as long as certain guidelines are followed.
Philadelphia, PA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/27/2020 --Car dealerships across the commonwealth are now breathing a sigh of relief. Effective immediately, they can now conduct sales online. The dealership lot has been a lonely place lately.
"When we were all on a level playing field, it was a little bit easier to swallow," car dealer Gary Barbera said.
Barbera felt the sting firsthand. While in-person car sales have been prohibited throughout the Northeast, surrounding states like New Jersey, Delaware and New York have permitted dealerships to sell cars online. That has not been the case in Pennsylvania, until now.
"Because of Senate Bill 841, auto sales will now be allowed to take place online," Wolf said.
The bill doesn't speak so much to car sales as it does to notary services, which is a requirement in purchasing a vehicle.
"In order to notarize someone's signature, you have to be next to them," Barbera said. But Senate Bill 841 allows this to happen virtually and therefore, car sales can happen online, too.
"All of our inventory is now virtual on our website," Barbera said.
Barbera says dealerships can't meet their customers in person but customers can peruse the lot.
"Clients can look around, look at the car then either call 1-800-barbera or they can go on their smartphone on the lot, similar to what I do when I order my chicken caesar," Barbera said.
And like a takeout order placed either online or by phone, the new guidelines allow for the car to be handed off in a safe manner, or delivery can be arranged.
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About Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard and his BarberaCares Programs
Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard proudly celebrates their 30th anniversary since swinging open the doors showcasing Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep and CPOV vehicles collaborating with it's own Philadelphia's Credit Connection- On-Site Instant Auto Credit. Over 1000 Vehicles including 300 Jeeps Cheap at one location. Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized by FCA as Philadelphia's #1 volume dealer in both new and pre-owned vehicles for decades. Getting their start as a Dodge dealer has propelled them to be the #1 Dodge Dealer in 6 states, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, and WV since the start while receiving Chrysler's highest accolade J D Power certification.
The Barbera Culture, rooted in the belief that Business Comes Where it is Invited and Stays where it is Well Treated. The Barbera organization hires hospitality and trains talent instilling within every single employee the philosophy of guest hospitality, consistent service, and gratefulness for the client's most precious gift of their valuable time. Their proudest moments are when they are welcoming back families who have purchased 9-10 cars and who send their friends and family. The biggest compliment is the wonderful thoughtful gift of a referral of family and friends.
The Barbera family credits their parents with instilling the Barbera Culture of Hospitality, Family Values and Work Ethic. Their mother Rita Barbera, known to all as "Lovely Rita" was kind, socially conscious, and valued family and hardwork. Their father, Eugene Barbera planted the automotive seed through his business, Palm Auto, a carwash, gas station, auto repair and body shop center located in Fishtown before it bloomed into the sprawling area it is today. The Barbera Family would work for their father as children inspired by their father's work ethic and client satisfaction standards. Their dad said, "Hard work never hurt anyone but Aggravation sure will kill you."
Honored to be recognized with the prestigious Family Owned Business award for dual accolades; Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard for positively impacting their communities economically and BarberaCares for Community Service Excellence. On the heels of this crowning achievement Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is recognized alongside industry icons 6ABC, QVC, and Comcast NBCUniversal for Corporate Philanthropy as the region's most charitable givers.
BarberaCares principles of Support, Enhance, and Inspire lead the way in community service including broadcasting their Don't Text and Drive Campaign- Keep the Boulevard Safe message to everyone, especially the young. Proud to be the inaugural partner of Governor Edward G. Rendell's Adopt-A-Highway state wide clean up initiative from the ground up, 1000's of Turkey and Winter Coat hand deliveries to underserved sections of the city such as Strawberry Mansion, massively leading the way in Solar Recycling Cans around the city. Support of Philadelphia's finest including P.A.L, honoring Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Of course 1000's of individuals, children, families, youth groups, churches and synagogues have been added to the list of those being assisted by BarberaCares over the 3 decades.
Their Philly famous mascot – the Barbera Bear can be seen lending a paw and entertaining during parades and community clean-ups. Gary Barbera's on the Boulevard is also known for where the Stars buy their Cars! It all began with Jim McMahon and Doug Pederson as a young Quarterback in the 90's with many, many stars in between and after. Now it's Coach Doug Pederson and he's been driving Barbera for decades! Now it's your turn. I would be remiss if I didn't ask you.... Is Barbera the Best... Boy I Guess!