UK Dealers set to reopen on 1st June but are they ready and are consumer prepared to visit?
Following the recent Covid-19 pandemic, dealerships around the UK have been closed since March, following the coronovirus advice from the government.
Dealerships through England have been preparing their showrooms to reopen on the 1st June, inline with new Covid-19 health & safety guidelines.
With vehicle sales down 99.7% to levels recorded from World War I, and after 10 weeks of shut down (other than essential maintenance work), the dealer network is ready to bounce back!
Many dealers across the network are now offering online solutions to purchase their vehicles and are even offering video walk arounds and social media tools to interact with their customers.
Additionally, Vehicle Manufacturers have also provided online solutions to complete a part exchange and order a new vehicle online, many it even easier to shop without leaving home.
Showrooms will have “one way” floor markers for customers to follow.
Further steps are being taken by deep cleaning and sanitising premises on a daily basis and hourly wipes of touch points, such as keys and car interiors.
Some dealers are taking this further by introducing disposable seat covers, sterring wheel covers and gloves for consumers to use when entering a car.
A contactless collection service has been adopted by many dealerships, allowing consumers to have their new vehicles or car servicing collected and delivered.
Is now the time to buy?
There really is no better time to purchase a new car. As sales are down to new record lows and given the importance of the UK’s automotive industry to the economy, then now is the time to get a perfect deal.
VOLKSWAGEN has introduced a new finance offer where the brand will cover the first three months’ worth of payments on new car purchases. Whilst dealers are offering fantastic deals at the moment to get their stock moving again..
21 September 2020