Are car dealerships still open during the coronavirus outbreak?

The coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed the way we do many things, including buying a car. Car showrooms and dealerships have been told to close, but many will revert to online sales...

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In line with the latest Government advice for everyone to stay at home where possible, and for all non-essential businesses to close from 23 March, car showrooms across the UK are closing their doors. Many are asking staff to work from home and are reverting to selling cars online, though. 

And with car service departments allowed to stay open, many of these will remain open with limited staff in place, working to strict guidelines to minimise the threat of infection to themselves and customers, in order to help key workers who rely on their cars continue to work. 

Dealers are all promising to honour existing purchases and have staff on-hand to deliver new vehicles. All of the dealer groups are stating that the cars, keys and anything else you may touch will be disinfected and that delivery and collection drivers will be wearing gloves and other protective clothing to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus. 


Using computer to shop for cars online

You don’t have to visit a showroom to view a potential purchase; the majority of dealers will be happy to send you a video with a virtual walk-round of the car. Modern car dealers are tech-savvy and are likely to be able to chat with you on FaceTime, Skype and Whats App, as well as via text and email. 

Many car makers have created online portals, where you can trade-in your old car, buy a new one and have it delivered by a franchised dealer, without the need to leave your home. 

You can also buy a new car via What Car?’s New Car Buying service. You can contact one of our network of dealers and talk through the deal with them, through our online chat platform. You’ll be guaranteed to get our Target Price discount on every car, too.

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