LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Several Covid-19 restrictions are set to kick in for businesses in Tippecanoe County on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
For multi-generational owned businesses, this year has brought unique challenges. The family who owns Del Real Auto Sales is sharing their experience.
"2020 has been definitely crazy," said Hector Bargas, sales manager of Del Real Auto Sales located at 3816 IN-38, Lafayette, IN 47905. "It started in March, and then suddenly we heard on the news, you know what, everyone's going to be in quarantine."
Bargas's wife is the daughter of the owner who started this car dealership in Lafayette back in 1987.
"When I first met my wife's family they just had a little business downtown and then they bought the property over here on 38th and now when we're facing this coronavirus, I've seen them a little worried, thinking 'what are we going to do,'" said Bargas.
Bargas said the Covid-19 effects on Del Real Auto are more indirect. He said when people aren't working, money for rent and groceries becomes a priority, pushing back the need to purchase a new car.
"I think the community is a little scared of going out and buying vehicles or doing shopping because we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow," said Bargas.
He believes generational-owned businesses do however have a safety net compared to fairly new businesses.
"Since they've [Del Real Auto] been in business for a long time, it helped grow customer loyalty," said Bargas. "Now new businesses, I bet they will struggle a lot, I bet it will be hard for them to keep up especially because we don't know what the governor is going to do, you know, shut down the state or shut down some businesses."
He's encouraging the community to follow the county restrictions in order to curve numbers and get businesses re-opened. He's also staying hopeful as we enter what's expected to be a tough Covid-19 season this winter.
"If we all follow the rules we're definitely going to get through this, definitely going to get through this," said Bargas.