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Our View: No need to sell cars on Sundays

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:07 a.m. CDT

Sometimes, it’s important to get away.

Important to relax and unwind. Important to give people some time to figure things out on their own.

Since 1983, Illinois car dealers have been closed on Sundays, a law that’s equal to all dealerships.

That has been called into question since a Federal Trade Commission report prepared at the request of state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, was released in March.

The report said that the mandatory closing makes it harder for customers to comparison shop and diminishes competition. We don’t understand that assessment.

Reality is that car dealerships being closed on Sundays gives customers an opportunity to comparison shop at their own speed – without a salesperson interrupting. Each Sunday, while dealerships aren’t selling cars, shoppers can browse the inventory and prices at their own speed.

With online resources, comparison shopping is becoming easier to accomplish before customers even head to the dealership to make a purchase.

Remaining closed on Sundays allows for salespeople to have time off away from the dealership. It also allows for smaller dealerships to remain viable. Smaller dealers could not afford the added expense of hiring workers for Sundays, but, if Sunday was opened for sales, many would feel pressured to have salespeople there anyway.

The current system appears to be working, and local dealers are in support of keeping the ban on Sunday sales.

If it isn’t broke, there’s nothing to fix.

At this point, all seems well on the local car dealership front.

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