Should there be a ban on Sunday car sales?

By WEEK Reporter

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 11:02 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The federal trade commission has said a ban on car sales during Sundays is bad for competition.

New legislation has been proposed in the Illinois Senate that would allow auto dealerships to open on Sundays for the first time since 1983.

Is six days of the week enough to make the second biggest purchase of your life?

Some people say no.

"Working people need two days to get their stuff and that Sunday is a valuable day," said Josh Hamann.

"Yeah, I think it would be a good idea because everyone gets out on the weekends and that's when they want to shop for cars," said Holly Wasmuth.

Legislation has been introduced from State Senator Jim Oberweis that would repeal the longtime Sunday ban on automobile sales for licensed dealers.

That would mean more time to sell cars. Good for dealers right?

"No actually we're opposed to being open Sundays," said Mark Weston of Ufring Weston.

He said opening on Sundays would increase overhead and decrease his ability to keep high quality sales staff on hand.

"You'd probably have to hire some part time sales people and my fear is at that point, the quality of the experience is going to go down," said Weston.

Weston said he's not sure if he would open on Sundays to keep up with competition if the law was repealed.

"That gives you a day for your employees to have a day off to be with their family," said Weston.

Both the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association and the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association have opposed the bill.

Some you responded on Facebook:

One said they like to look around on Sundays without a salesperson present.

Another said they just shop ahead on the Internet now.

The sponsor of the bill State Senator Jim Oberweis said it is a role of government question.

"I think it's wrong for government to be telling us whether we can be open or not," said Oberweis. "I think businesses should be free to make their own decision and in the majority of states dealers are free to decide whether they want to be open or not.

Mark Weston said if the industry wants to be regulated by the state, they should be able to.

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