The government has confirmed that car dealers can sell and deliver cars during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
On 23 March, car showrooms along with various other retail outlets were closed to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Although many dealers were and still are available if you’re looking to buy a car, it was unknown whether firms could deliver them.
So, the news that cars can be sold remotely comes as a welcome relief to many.
In a statement issued to Car Dealer Magazine, a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and 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 to sell 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.”
While it means dealers are now able to sell and deliver cars, trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said it’s a “decision for each company” to make.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, told the magazine: “‘It remains a decision for each company based on their own unique circumstances and ability to comply with the requirements, especially in terms of vehicle delivery.
“When the time is right, reopening car showrooms will be a crucial first step to restarting the market and getting the wider economy back on its feet. We need to see car dealerships in the first wave of retail re-openings.”
The government urged dealers to strictly follow social distancing guidelines for workers – especially being 2m apart wherever possible.