Further clarification on the legality of car sales test drive provision has prompted rendered the decision over whether to offer customers contact with vehicles “a purely moral decision”, it has been claimed.
Franchised car dealers emerged as the automotive retail sector’s most trusted operators as 95% of car buyers told What Car? they were comfortable with the prospect of visiting showrooms when ‘COVID-19 ‘Lockdown 3’ is lifted.
Car retail group bosses from Cambria, JCB Group and Arbury Group were among those hoping that news of showrooms re-openings on April 12 will be the start of a prolonged bounce-back from COVID-19 ‘Lockdown 3’.
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has received confirmation that car buyers in Scotland can now complete their purchase with a scheduled click and collect handover inside a dealership's showroom.
Cox Automotive’s Phillip Nothard has said it is “vital” that car showrooms are able to re-open as soon as possible despite signs that many retailers continue to perform well against the odds in COVID-19 ‘Lockdown 3’.
Chorley Group managing director Adam Turner has thanked The British Army and Lancashire County Council for their help in getting a twice-weekly COVID-19 test procedure up and running for its entire retail operation.
Car retail bosses have voiced concern that a failure to re-open car showrooms in-time for the March number plate change will impact jobs and the economy, claiming “MPs fundamentally do not understand business”.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that used car dealers delivered four consecutive months of sales growth in 2020 – despite months of enforced showroom closures in COVID-19 lockdown.
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