Car dealerships in England are open
Many car showrooms in England are reopening their doors today, with coronavirus safety procedures in place to protect customers and staff...
Non-essential retail outlets, including car dealerships, are able to reopen from today (12 April), enabling car buyers to talk to sales staff in person.
It will also be possible to collect a car from a showroom before placing a deposit on it, for the purposes of going for a test drive.
Showrooms must ensure that they comply with strict coronavirus health and safety guidelines and display a health and safety certificate in the premises.
It helps that the desks at many showrooms were fitted out with perspex barriers last spring, ahead of the first national lockdown being lifted.
Other measures introduced include the thorough sanitising of premises every day, wiping down surfaces that are touched frequently every hour, cleaning the touch points on cars before and after a customer sits in the car, and disinfecting cars and keys prior to them being given to car owners.
Even if you're not comfortable visiting a showroom, however, it's still possible to buy a new or used car by ordering it online. And dealers may well continue to let you take delivery via a contactless service.
Choosing a car and arranging finance for it is fairly easy to do remotely, especially with many dealers providing comprehensive descriptions, photos and videos online.
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