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Internet sales and contactless delivery measures must be put in place to ensure social distancing is maintained, though
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22 April 2020

Car retailers have been given the green light to start selling and delivering cars again following the coronavirus lockdown - so long as they continue to strictly adhere to social distancing regulations.

In a statement to Car Dealer Magazine, a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said: “We have asked non-essential shops like car dealerships and showrooms in England to close, unless they provide urgent car repairs and other necessary services.

“They are all able to continue tosell cars remotely and deliver cars, as long as they follow our clear guidance from Public Health England to protect both employees who cannot work from home and their customers.”

The clarification means that retailers set up for online interactions with potential customers can restart both sales discussions and actual selling - so long as all paperwork can be completed remotely.

Meanwhile, anyone who buys a car, or those who are waiting for a car they have bought to be delivered, can receive it, again so long as strict social distancing protocols are followed. Since the lockdown began Autocar has been contacted by several car buyers whose vehicles have arrived in the UK, but which couldn’t be delivered because of the current restrictions.

While it is not yet clear which retailers or manufacturers will look to restart or ramp up operations under the guidelines, there have been several indications that car buyers have begun shopping again in recent weeks.

A weekly car buyer survey by What Car? revealed last week that one in five people researching cars on its website was looking to buy as soon as the lockdown ended,  while Robert Forrester, boss of the Vertu Motors retail group, revealed yesterday that the firm received 366 sales enquiries over the internet and took 50 sales orders yesterday.

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Paul Dalgarno 23 April 2020

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Woogy007 23 April 2020

"So, if your car needs a

"So, if your car needs a service, or has broken down, what do you do?, whom do you call?"...... The A Team? Ghostbusters??
Biter 23 April 2020

Nonsense Statement

Dealerships are not going to return to work while the Government furlough scheme is in effective and lockdown/social distancing rules as they are today apply.

Returning to work right now for car, caravan, motorhome dealerships makes zero sense? Where are people going to travel to? 

Selling the odd vehicle online still involves taking staff out of furlough for three weeks.

Peter Cavellini 23 April 2020

Breakdown.

Biter wrote:

Dealerships are not going to return to work while the Government furlough scheme is in effective and lockdown/social distancing rules as they are today apply.

Returning to work right now for car, caravan, motorhome dealerships makes zero sense? Where are people going to travel to? 

Selling the odd vehicle online still involves taking staff out of furlough for three weeks.

So, if your car needs a service, or has broken down, what do you do?, whom do you call?

Biter 23 April 2020

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Biter wrote:

Dealerships are not going to return to work while the Government furlough scheme is in effective and lockdown/social distancing rules as they are today apply.

Returning to work right now for car, caravan, motorhome dealerships makes zero sense? Where are people going to travel to? 

Selling the odd vehicle online still involves taking staff out of furlough for three weeks.

So, if your car needs a service, or has broken down, what do you do?, whom do you call?

Hello Peter. This statement relates to sales. Dealerships can already remain open for repairs if they choose to do so.

Unfortunately dealerships and suppliers cannot stay open for a few odd jobs that might get booked in. Getting the car serviced is not currently covered as essential travel.

 

Peter Cavellini 23 April 2020

Good info.

 Thanks Biter, that info answered the question.

catnip 23 April 2020

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Thanks Biter, that info answered the question.

And what a polite, constructive reply from Biter. Some others on here shold take note.

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