England’s Car Dealerships Are Reopening
More than two months after they were forced to close by the pandemic, new and used car dealerships in England are being allowed to reopen from 1st June. Only, of course, if they comply with Government guidance on social distancing.
With dealerships closed UK car sales fell by 97 per cent in April. Meanwhile the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which claims keeping dealerships closed cost the Treasury £61million A DAY, expects just 1.68million cars to be registered in the UK in 2020. That’s the lowest yearly total for almost three decades.
In this new reality dealers may take appointments to limit the number of people in their showrooms, which should have been kitted-out with lots of new signage, supplies of hand sanitiser and so-on, and keep cars in said showrooms locked. Meanwhile most test-drives will now be unaccompanied, and everything will be thoroughly cleaned on the reg.
What this means for us and our customers is that deliveries that were put on hold can now start to happen again. It’s been a rough couple of months but slowly things are returning to some sort of normality. As always, if you need any advice or prices, please give us a call on 01642 793444 or pop in for a socially distanced chat.