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

 Supposed to be getting an X2 in a month maybe six weeks time, we see.

22 April 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Supposed to be getting an X2 in a month maybe six weeks time, we see.

 

X2 Barnsley to Sheffield bus, no need to wait so long to get on board, check the timetable and enjoy the ride. You hoped that we would understand you to be getting a BMW X2...hilarious. No doubt you used "supposed" and "we see" (try we'll see) as your usual get out, for whaen you tell us it didn't turn up. Fool. We wait with (not much) baited breath, for you to post something of interest or even something with a half truth included.  

22 April 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Supposed to be getting an X2 in a month maybe six weeks time, we see.

 

X2 Barnsley to Sheffield bus, no need to wait so long to get on board, check the timetable and enjoy the ride. You hoped that we would understand you to be getting a BMW X2...hilarious. No doubt you used "supposed" and "we see" (try we'll see) as your usual get out, for when you tell us it didn't turn up. Fool. We wait with (not much) baited breath, for you to post something of interest or even something with a half truth included.  

FM8

23 April 2020
Quoting yourself now?

Whaen?

Anyway WHEN are you replacing your Micra?

23 April 2020

FM8 - you're xxxx aren't you? Or Peter C? Keep it up Take it slowly, loving your work. I can't tell you how p@@ed off I've been reading the comments of those two clowns over the past years.....

FM8

23 April 2020
What a cunt... You registered a new account. Talking to yourself too. Crazy, nonce cock.

23 April 2020
Takeitslowly wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Supposed to be getting an X2 in a month maybe six weeks time, we see.

This Car isn't for me, it's a Mobility car for one of my children so they can be taken where ever they need to go day or night, I posted on another site a reply to you trying to be polite and make you think, I praised your intelligence, your obviously clever, but, regarding the rest of the human race as not on your level, and when you get angry you resort to insulting retorts when there are other politer considered words to use.

 

X2 Barnsley to Sheffield bus, no need to wait so long to get on board, check the timetable and enjoy the ride. You hoped that we would understand you to be getting a BMW X2...hilarious. No doubt you used "supposed" and "we see" (try we'll see) as your usual get out, for whaen you tell us it didn't turn up. Fool. We wait with (not much) baited breath, for you to post something of interest or even something with a half truth included.  

22 April 2020

Great news, this will be a massive relief to many families of auto industry employees

23 April 2020

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.

23 April 2020
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?

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