Fixed Ops Magazine - 2021 Vol18 01 - 24

F EAT U RE

DISINFECTING
INVENTORY
IN MOTION
A New Challenge for Car Dealers

L

ong after social distancing and the wearing of

- or potential sources of other viruses and dangerous

personal protection equipment becomes a mem-

bacteria - isn't as simple as stocking up on Lysol. In-

ory (soon, we pray), consumer alertness to mi-

stead, big-league solutions are necessary for protect-

crobial dangers will remain active. It
is redefining how auto retailers view
inventory and dealership traffic.
It is one thing to disinfect horizontal
surfaces. It is quite another to clean
vehicles every time one returns from
a test drive or a porter moves one
off a transporter. Now, a dealer's in-

To clean vehicles

ing team members and customers

every time one returns

center of any disinfectant prod-

from a test drive

must meet the EPA's criteria for use

or a porter moves one
off a transporter

from COVID-level risks. Front-anduct evaluation is that the product
against SARS-CoV-2.
Inventory is not so easily sanitized
and made safe for consumers. That

ventory has also become a moveable risk. It is a safe

task would not be such a problem if the vehicles on

bet that no auto dealer ever thought he or she would

your lot were not moving constantly. And this will be

also be in the vehicle disinfection and personal safe-

increasingly so as state-by-state lockdown rules are

ty business to the level that the COVID-19 pandemic

lifted. When asked about the situation, John Napoleon

has forced upon the industry.  But most companies are

responded, " That's a great question. And one that

now. And especially as it concerns car dealers, they are

concerns me as a dealer, " the Dealer Principal for Car-

in it for the long haul.

son City Hyundai in Carson City, Nevada said. " I'm not
so naive as to believe we're going to be able to clean

Ensuring customers that the vehicles they sit in, test

every vehicle every time someone touches it. " " We're

drive, and take delivery of are not COVID-19 carriers

training staff on this topic, " said Lou Bregou, Direc-

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