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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled some frequently asked questions and answers from years of experience serving our guests at the show. Please choose a category or browse through the questions below; chances are you’ll find the answer you’re looking for! If not, feel free to visit our contact page and send us your question.

GENERAL | FOOD & DRINKS | PARKING & DIRECTIONS | SPECIAL NEEDS | EXHIBITS | CAMERAS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: What are the dates of the 2015 Show?
A: The 2015 Philadelphia Auto Show will be held Saturday, January 31 – Sunday, February 8.

Q: In what year did the Philadelphia International Auto Show begin?
A: The Philadelphia International Auto Show began in 1902, and the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia has been producing the show since 1997.

Q: Can you sit inside the vehicles?
A: Almost every manufacturer’s display welcomes show-goers to sit inside the vehicles, pop the hood and kick the tires; however no one is allowed to sit in the concept or exotic vehicles.

Q: Will the representatives try to sell me their cars?
A: The Philadelphia Auto Show is a non-selling show. This means that no sales are allowed to be made on the floor and no one will pressure you into buying anything. It is a show for you, the consumer, to inspect all angles of the vehicles and have a pressure-free environment in which to do it. The product specialists at each manufacturer booth will be able to answer any questions you may have about the vehicles.

Q: Will the manufacturers give out rebates on vehicles?
A: It varies by manufacturer.

Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: You can buy Adult and Child tickets (no senior or discount tickets) on this site beginning in late November. All tickets can be purchased at any auto show entrance within the Pennsylvania Convention Center during regular show hours.

Q: Are group tickets available?
Yes, group tickets are available at a discounted rate in packs of 25. To purchase, please call the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia at 610-279-5229, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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FOOD & DRINKS

Q: Can I bring food or drinks into the show?
A: No, you are not permitted to bring food or drinks into the show. You may purchase food and drinks inside the Convention Center, or you can get your hand stamped and visit the many restaurants and shops outside the Convention Center.

Q: Are alcoholic beverages permitted at the show?
A: While you cannot bring alcoholic beverages into the Convention Center, there are places to purchase alcoholic beverages inside.

Q: Where can I eat at the Convention Center?
A: There are food stands located throughout the Convention Center during the auto show. You may also get your hand stamped in order to leave and enjoy the many restaurants in the area.

Q: Do the vendors at the Convention Center accept credit cards?
A: Some vendors do, some do not. Play it safe and bring cash, although there are ATMs available inside the Convention Center.

Q: Where are good places to eat near the Convention Center?
A: There are many wonderful restaurants in and around the Convention Center. The Reading Terminal Market is located adjacent to the Convention Center, with its entrance at the corner of 12th and Arch Streets. You can also find more information on area restaurants here.

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PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Q: Where can I find directions to the Auto Show?
A: Driving directions to the show can be found here. If you plan to ride SEPTA or PATCO to the show, you can find directions here.

Q: What is the cost of parking around the Convention Center?
A: The cost of parking around the Convention Center depends on if you park on the street or in a parking garage. The cost of a garage varies from owner to owner.

Q: Where can I park around the Convention Center?
A: Parking is available on the street and in parking garages. Click here for our Trip Planner map, which includes parking lots and garages around the Convention Center.

Q: What is the most convenient way to travel to the show?
A: The easiest way to get to the show is to take SEPTA. Not only does SEPTA allow you to avoid all of the traffic, but you can also purchase an Independence Pass for unlimited one-day travel on SEPTA services!

Q: What are some hotels in the area?
A: Area hotels are included on our Trip Planner map here.

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Q: Is there a place to check bags and coats?
A: Coat check is available for a fee.

Q: Can I rent a wheelchair?
A: Yes, there is a wheelchair rental at every entrance. The rentals are on a first come, first serve basis. You will be required to leave a valid Driver’s License and a $20 refundable deposit that you will get back when you return the wheelchair.

Q: Can I bring wheelchairs and strollers?
A: Yes, you may bring your own wheelchairs and strollers into the Convention Center. We recommend using the North Broad Street or 11th & Arch entrance for the best elevator access.

Q: Are there designated smoking areas?
A: Smoking is not permitted in the Convention Center. If you wish to smoke, please be sure to have your hand stamped, and exit the facility to do so.

Q: Is there handicapped parking available near the Convention Center?
A: Parking situations differ with each parking area. Links to each parking facility are included on the Trip Planner map.

Q: Are there elevators to accommodate people with special needs?
A: Yes, elevators are available. We suggest entering at North Broad Street or 11th & Arch if you will need to use an elevator.

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EXHIBITS

Q: Where can I find what cars are going to be at the show?
A: You can continue to check the Featured Cars section of this website for the latest list of vehicles. As soon as we know a vehicle is coming, we will post it there.

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CAMERAS

Q: Are cameras or video recorders allowed?
A: Yes, cameras and video recorders are allowed at the show.

Q: Can I take pictures of the displays?
A: Yes! We encourage you to take pictures of the displays.

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