Sunday Car Sales Ban Up For Discussion

Published 03/31 2014 04:21PM

Updated 03/31 2014 06:56PM

State lawmakers are trying to overturn a law that says car dealerships aren't allowed to be open on Sundays. 

"I don't see the point, car sales aren't going to go up because of one extra day", says Jim Scherer of Scherer Mazda in Peoria.

State Senator Jim Oberweis wants to repeal the law that went into effect in 1983.
According to the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association, Oberweis believes that state tax revenue will go up if cars are allowed to be sold on Sunday. 

Joe McMahon of the IADA says this is simply not true. 

"The way people shop for cars is changing. Many people do all of their research online before stepping foot on a car lot", he says. 
"People know what they want, how much they're going to pay and what color before speaking to any sales rep", McMahon says. 

He believes that the change of law would bear no meaning for dealerships. 

The bill to override the ban is currently in a senate committee. 

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