It’s illegal to sell a car on Sunday
435.251 Motor vehicles; sale on Sunday unlawful, exception.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or exchanging new, used or second-hand motor vehicles or offering to buy, sell, trade or exchange, or participate in the negotiation thereof, or attempt to buy, sell, trade or exchange any motor vehicle or interest therein, or of any written instrument pertaining thereto, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday.
History: 1953, Act 66, Imd. Eff. May 12, 1953.
Michael Schwab Reply
Saturday is the last day of the week. It always has been. Commonly called “Sabbath”. The only organizations that call Sunday ‘the last day of the week’ are churches.
The true Sabbath is on Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the week. Please visit SabbathTruth.com to see the truth about this. The catholic church attempted to change the Sabbath in the early centuries. But now that we have our Bibles back people are turning back to the truth of the 10 Commandments by the millions. God bless!
I believe everyone should have a minimum of 2 days off regardless.
But here is a question…If car dealers were allowed to be open on Sundays, would the still need to work 12 hour days?
Like any other business, all business want to make money, so perhaps the car dealers require their sales people to work 12 hours a day because they know they only have 6 days to make their money.
On a side note. how come I have never met e female care sales person? What’s up with that?
As a car saleswoman, OUCH. We’re out there, but we often get butted out of the industry by male salesmen, and often the customers. They don’t think women can do it. However, I can guarantee you we would still be working 12 hour days. We don’t work 40 hours – we work 60 hours, minimum, after lunch breaks, plus staying late if paperwork isn’t done. This doesn’t increase our pay at ALL. Big business doesn’t care.
Just out of curiosity. What does your comment have to do with the artical of dealerships being closed??
That being said.,,,, even though your comments have nothing to do with car dealers being closed on sundays. I DO AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE EQUAL RIGHT FACTOR OF WOMEN IN THE DEALERSHIP BZZNESS.
Well hello my name is Denise and I am a female car sales person in the Battle Creek area
Lorna Reece Reply
I am female and sold cars in California (where Sunday sales are allowed). Every dealership I ever worked at had sales department hours from 9 am to 9 pm daily. The California mandated 2 days off per week was achieved by a schedule where half the employees would work Monday until 3, be off Tuesday, and come in at 3 on Wednesday. They would then work all day Thursday while the other half had their one full day off, and Friday until 3. Both groups worked all day Saturday and Sunday. It was because of this grueling schedule that I stopped selling cars.
I like being able to stop by a dealership on Sunday and not be pressured by a salesman. This also carves family time into a job with long hours and I support that as well.
This is not a stupid law. I am a sales person at a dealer and I don’t get to see my daughter very often. Sunday is my family day just like it is most of yours. If your parents were gone all the time growing up, you would probably resent them. Don’t complain and cause me to be resented by my daughter!
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I am a cashier at a car dealership and was astonished at the law when I found out. Like you guys I thought Sunday=everyone’s day off, good day to sell cars!!!
After working here for a few months though, I think it’s a good law. These sales guys work 12hour days and toward the end of the month come in 6 days a week. They already run themselves ragged so at least Sunday they can have a mandatory rest.
Well at least on Sunday, you can look at the sticker shock and walk around window shopping without sales people trying to sell you something.
Sometimes Sunday is the only day I have off I’d like to look in other towns but there’s no time, this is a stupid law in an economy like this one you’d think they would skip this law. Every community needs more tax dollars Sunday sales may help them out.
That’s astonishing, Steven. I thought Harley was one of WI’s biggest manufacturers! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! Although having the same law in MI makes even less sense.
So it is Sunday here in WI and the weather is starting to warm up. Since its a day off, I decided to run down to the local harley davidson to look at the newest bikes coming to the market. I tried inquiring about the bikes on the floor but was told that since it was Sunday prics could not be discussed. I was at the least shocked and kinda thought they were kidding but when the conversation ended I realized they weren’t. I’m a new resident to WI. 5he taxes, especially real estate, are some of the highest in the nation. The holes in the roads will tear the frond end out of your car, you can buy beer but can’t buy a car? Who makes these decisions and are the paid by the state to serve the People?
I agree it is a stupid law. I wonder if one dug deeper that they may find out why the law was passed in the first place. Personal view without research so here it goes the big auto makers in 1953 got together and lobbied (paid) to pass a law. Could the auto makers have gotten together to conspire this? Think business, if all sales of vehicles are illegal, then they all would be competing for the same number of days to sell without any addition strain to stay open like the next guy. They can shut their businesses down which saves them all a lot of money. With the law passed they all could make the same amount of money in 6 days than7 days. If someone is going to buy a car they are still going to buy it,(a little frustrated if you wanted it on Sunday) anyway. While saving money by not being open, paying labor, utilities and other costs related to being open. The Auto industry can save millions in today’s standards. Maybe the law isn’t challenged because the auto makers don’t want it changed.
I was born in 52, and I remember the dealerships being open in my youth. If it was the industry that wanted to ban sales on Sunday, it would be the law throughout the country, which it isn’t. So much of the work is done over the internet now it makes no sense to not be available to the customer’s convenience. Our economy depends so much on the automobile industry’s success it’s un-American to restrict car sales. Here in IL, I can buy liquor & porn and go gambling on Sunday, but I can’t buy a Chevy.
With the auto industry in the tank, you’d think this kind of law would be repealed.You can purchase anything else on Sunday in IL.They even changed the liquor sales start time from noon to 11am so we wouldn’t rush home from liquor stores to catch the start of football games. No other industry loses one of its most productive days to outmoded blue laws like this. And with the state crying for tax revenue, you’d think another day of sales tax would look pretty sweet. I don’t work for any auto dealer or in any part of the industry, but I know stupid when I see it.
Well who ever wrote the first / opening comment to this add/artical, Sunday isn’t the first day of the week. It’s the last day.
Read your history book or better yet your bible.
Hints….in the beginning.