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.
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Q: What are the dates of the 2020 Show?
A: The 2019 Philadelphia Auto Show will be held Saturday, February 8 – Monday, February 17 (President’s Day).
Q: In what year did the Philadelphia International Auto Show begin?
A: The Philadelphia International Auto Show began in 1902, and the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia has been producing the show since 1997.
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. And we’d love for you to use the hashtags #phillyautoshow and #nothingliketheautoshow if you share them on social media!
Q: Can I bring my firearm to the show if I have a CCW permit?
A: The Pennsylvania Convention Center has a policy that NO ONE other than uniformed police officers are permitted to carry a firearm inside the convention center at any time. There is no location or safe box at the convention center to secure firearms. Anyone observed with a firearm inside the building will be escorted out of the building by Philadelphia Police. Please leave your firearm at home when attending the Auto Show or any event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Q: Is there a lost and found?
A: Yes, lost and found is located on the Main Floor behind the Nissan display. If you think you may have lost an item at the show, please call the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 215-418-4911.
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Q: Where can I find what cars are going to be at the show?
A: You can continue to check the Vehicles section of this website for the latest on vehicles scheduled to appear. As soon as we know a vehicle is coming, we will post it there.
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: How do I get into the Exotics display?
A: Entrance into any of our exotics displays is at the sole discretion of the staff managing the respective displays. The only way to guarantee access is to purchase a ticket to the Black Tie Tailgate, as most exotic displays are open to all attendees that evening.
Q: Can I display my personal vehicle?
A: A limited number of personal vehicles are displayed each year through our Classic and DUB displays. If you are interested in displaying your vehicle, you will need to contact the display organizers directly:
Classics: Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey or Antique Automobile Club of America
DUB: DUB Magazine (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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?
A: Yes, group tickets are available at a discounted rate in packs of 25. Discount tickets can be purchased online with a credit card before the show.
Food & Drinks
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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, as well as a Food Court behind the Car Clubs display and the Overlook Filling Stations on the 3rd floor. 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 on our Explore Philadelphia page.
Parking & Directions
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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. We recommend using the Spot Hero app to lock in a rate and reserve a parking spot ahead of time!
Q: Where can I park around the Convention Center?
A: Parking is available on the street and in parking garages. Click here for more parking information.
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: There are many hotels around the Convention Center. For more information on hotel packages that include free auto show tickets and free parking, check out Visit Philly’s site.
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Q: Is there a place to check bags and coats?
A: Coat and bag check is available for a fee. There are two coat check locations available on weekdays and three locations on weekends.
Q: Can I rent a wheelchair?
A: Yes, manual wheelchairs are available at every entrance on a first come, first served basis. You will be required to leave a valid Driver’s License that you will get back when you return the wheelchair.
Q: Can I rent a motorized scooter?
A: Yes, there is a Scootaround rental location conveniently located inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please contact Scootaround in advance of your auto show visit at 888-441-7575 or www.scootaround.com to reserve a scooter.
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 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. Click here for more parking information.
Q: Are there elevators to accommodate people with special needs?
A: Yes, elevators are available. We suggest entering at North Broad Street if you will need to use an elevator.
Q: Are there services for deaf and hard of hearing attendees?
A: Yes, each year we host a special Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community Access Day at the Auto Show (2020 date TBD). ASL interpreters are available throughout the show that day. Interpreters can be dispatched by texting your location to 484-474-0071.