Can You Walk Around a Closed Car Dealership?

March 20, 2024

Car dealerships are notoriously challenging places for consumers to shop. They’re often crowded and filled with high-pressure salespeople that may even size you up by the clothes you’re wearing or your status in a protected class (i.e., sex or marital status). The experience can be so unpleasant that many people compare it to getting a root canal without anesthesia.

But if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, it may be worth considering taking your search to an off-hours time when there are fewer people. And while you can’t technically “trespass” onto a car dealership’s property outside of its business hours, it’s generally not recommended that you enter the showroom itself as this could violate state and federal laws on trespassing.

If you do decide to visit a closed car dealership, be sure to follow news articles and reach out to your local consumer protection office for assistance. They can provide guidance on how to proceed, including information on any ongoing investigations or legal actions.

It’s also important to remember that there are alternatives to visiting a car dealership, such as online car buying platforms that allow consumers to select a vehicle and have it delivered directly to their door with the monthly subscription covering insurance and maintenance. These services typically offer more flexibility on where and when to purchase a vehicle, making them an excellent option for those who need a car but don’t have the time or energy to visit a dealership in person.

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