The government has confirmed that car dealerships can sell vehicles online and deliver them during the lockdown period.
Car dealerships, along with the majority of other retailers, have had to close their doors to customers following the government’s lockdown announcement on March 23 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
And though several dealerships have been continuing to promote their operations via online platforms, many have had to cease trading entirely to remain on the safe side. With the rules surrounding car deliveries unclear, most dealers took the decision to close their doors until the lockdown conditions were eased.
However, a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) told Car Dealer Magazine: “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.”
It means that dealers can sell cars online and deliver them to households providing they follow key safety guidance.
The spokesperson added that current health and safety guidelines issued to car manufacturers would also be useful to car dealers, with the key points detailed below:
April 22, 2020