Car Dealership Drug Testing

When it comes to hiring employees, car dealerships are just like any other company—they want to ensure that the people they employ are drug-free. After all, the positions in car dealerships often entail handling expensive and potentially dangerous machinery, making it imperative to have employees who are fit for the job. If you’re an HR professional, risk manager, or an employer in the automobile industry, you might be wondering what types of drug tests car dealerships utilize. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the different types of drug tests and which situations they apply to.

Non Regulated Drug Test

A nonregulated drug test refers to any drug test that’s not required by law, typically used for employment. Car dealerships often use non regulated drug tests to screen applicants before offering a job. This type of test can screen for any number of drugs and can be a hair, urine, or oral fluids. It’s worth noting that the use of non-regulated drug tests can vary from dealership to dealership.

Regulated Drug Test

In some states, regulated drug tests are mandated by law for those employed in the transportation industry. For example, the Department of Transportation mandates that employees in safety-sensitive positions undergo a regulated drug test. Regulated drug tests can only test for particular substances, including cocaine, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, and PCP. Additionally, these tests can only be done using urine samples.  A car dealership may have DOT employees who transport cars.

5 Panel and 10 Panel Drug Tests

5 panel and 10 panel drug tests are two common non-regulated drug tests that car dealerships use. The 5 panel drug test screens for five specific substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP). The 10 panel drug test, on the other hand, covers those substances screened in a 5-panel test plus barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methaqualone, and propoxyphene. Both tests are often completed through urine samples.

Hair Test

A hair test is another type of non regulated drug test that car dealerships can use. This type of test screens for drugs in a person’s system by examining his or her hair. Unlike urine sample tests, hair tests can provide results for the use of drugs as far back as 90 days. Hair samples are deemed a reliable way to detect certain types of drug use and are becoming a more popular option for car dealerships.

No THC Drug Test

Some labor markets have been so tight that some dealerships opt to remove the THC from the drug screen.  It is a decision that each dealership should weigh with tight labor vs. safety and risk

Now that you know the different types of drug tests that car dealerships utilize for employment, you may have already obtained a good understanding of which situation each test applies to. Adhering to these drug tests can help create a drug-free and safer workplace for everyone. Remember, always work with reputable drug test providers to ensure you receive accurate, reliable results. By doing so, we uphold the commitment to having a healthy and productive society free from drug abuse.  If you need assistance with your drug free workplace or need to order a drug test today, call Workplace Screening Intelligence at 844-573-8378 or  For more information on WSI services