Government confirms we CAN sell cars online!
The government has confirmed that car dealerships CAN sell cars online and deliver them during the lockdown.
In an official statement issued to Car Dealer Magazine, a spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said:
‘We have asked non-essential shops like car dealerships and showrooms in England to close unless they provide urgent car repairs and other necessary services.
‘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.’
The news will come as a welcome relief to car dealerships who have been anxiously waiting for an official statement from the government.
The BEIS spokesperson reiterated the Chief Medical Officer’s advice that if you cannot work from home ‘then you can still travel to work’.
The spokesperson added: ‘Critical workers are those who can still take their children to school or childcare. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work – if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.’
The NFDA issued guidelines earlier this week to its members stating they believed dealers could deliver cars during the lockdown. While the SMMT told Car Dealer Magazine that it also believed ‘deliveries are allowed if appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures are in place’.
At Spencers Car Sales, we will be ensuring social distancing and hygiene measure are in place for all cars that we sell and deliver to our customers.