A proposal by Senator Jim Oberweis to authorize Sunday car sales would allow dealers to run their businesses as they see fit, give consumers more shopping options, and ultimately increase tax revenues for Illinois.
Senate Bill 22 would repeal the prohibition enacted in 1982 that has prevented Illinois consumers from being able to buy cars on Sundays. It would allow for the sale of motor vehicles on any six days of the week chosen by the business owner.
Senator Oberweis said car dealers should be able to sell their products on any day of week, even Sunday, just like every other business, with economic benefits for Illinois.
“This bill would allow more automobile sales in Illinois, which will, by the way, provide increased tax revenue for the state of Illinois,” Senator Oberweis said.
Uri Adler, a used car dealer, testified in support of the legislation March 5 before the Senate Transportation Committee in the Capitol.
“I am an Orthodox Jew. I am prohibited by my religion from opening the dealership on Saturday, when a large percentage of used vehicle transactions and activity takes place for most dealerships. I am unable to participate in that activity for that reason,” Adler said. “The only other day that’s available to me on a weekend – when people have time to shop for used vehicles, and to browse used vehicles and to conduct these transactions – would be on Sunday. I have many potential customers that would like to visit the dealership on a weekend day. Sunday is available to them, it’s available to me, but it’s prohibited by state law.”
Micah Sapoznick, a used car dealer whose business is mostly Internet-based, also testified March 5 that the Sunday sales prohibition impacts his ability to sell cars.
“I have lots of clients that want to come from out of state … and unfortunately, the weekend is the only time for them that they are able to make these plans and come in. If they run into any type of travel issues and are not able to make it in on time on Saturday … they have to turn around … and get back to work on Monday,” Sapoznick said. “Not being open on Sunday also stops a lot of people that do work on Saturday, that do work six days per week, and their only day to come in would be Sunday, and that prohibits them from being able to buy a vehicle.”
Senator Oberweis said 34 states allow car sales on Sunday.
“I have the results of a poll … that shows that voters in every district in Illinois, in every demographic – male, female, city of Chicago, downstate, suburban – have a strong preference for being allowed to have the choice of whether or not they want to buy automobiles on Sunday,” Senator Oberweis said. “It is only the big franchise car dealers and their lobbyists and campaign money that keep a bad law like this in place.”
The 25th District Senator said he hopes for a strong grassroots effort to help pass Senate Bill 22.
“When I first proposed ending the government-imposed ban several years ago, I thought the auto industry would be happy to get government off their backs. But I soon found out that most car dealers don’t want to open on Sunday and don’t want their competitors to be open either,” Senator Oberweis said. “I am asking consumers to please contact your state legislators and tell them Senate Bill 22 deserves a public hearing and a public vote.”