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Are Car Dealerships Open on Sundays?

Remember the days when everything was closed on Sundays? We’re talking supermarkets, drug stores, the movies, and, of course, car dealerships. Sunday was the universal day of rest for Americans, regardless of religious origins or beliefs.

Now, there’s not much you can’t do on a Sunday. The original Blue Laws—laws that enforced businesses to be closed on Sundays—have been repealed, for the most part. However, some states still have standards for selling certain items, like liquor and cars, on the Day of Rest.

Because of this, our team at Stateline Nissan is here to give our drivers in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket the rundown on if and how this applies to their car buying adventures. Keep reading to find out more!

No More Sunday Funday?

Depends on what your definition is. Today, 17 states still uphold the Sunday car sale ban. Several of these states’ senators or governors have attempted to repeal the Blue Laws, but business owners simply aren’t having it. Many car dealership owners like the fact that they’re forced to be closed one day of the week, so that they don’t feel compelled to be open for competitive reasons.

Seven states have “mixed restrictions,” and the rest of the states have left it up to the individual dealerships. Rhode Island is included in this category, and we’ll get to our own laws shortly.

Ironically, those who have the freedom to stay open still remain closed on Sundays. Why? Wouldn’t opening on Sundays allow for more business, given it’s generally the only other day most people have off during the week?

Not necessarily. Many dealer owners feel as though their annual sales won’t automatically increase by being open seven days instead of six. Plus, they want to give their employees at least one mandatory day off to spend with family, and not feel enticed to work seven days in a row.

What’s Rhode Island’s Deal?

We’re glad you asked. We mentioned our lovely state of Rhode Island being a part of the “mixed restrictions” category. So, what does this mean? Essentially, these states have—lo, and behold—different types of restrictions on Sunday car sales.

Rhode Island dealerships are allowed to be open between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Again, this is obviously up to the individual dealerships. Some still choose to remain closed, while others want to take advantage of the extra day for business.

What Dealerships Are Open near Me on Sundays?

If you’re in the East Providence, Cranston, or Pawtucket area, and Sunday is your designated car shopping day, you’re in luck. At Stateline Nissan, we’re open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.

Plus, with our easy car buying process, it’ll still be like your stress-free day of rest—just like the original lawmakers intended (sort of).

If you’re interested in stopping by on a Sunday, you can contact us at any time via our online form. (We accept brunch offerings, as well.)