The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have teamed-up to publish assets and advice to help car retailers re-open safely after COVID-19 ‘Lockdown 3’.
Dicksons of Inverness boss Fraser Bryce has said that he was ‘delighted’ with assistance offered by the NHS as the car retail group worked to tackle clusters of COVID-19 coronavirus at two of its dealerships.
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.
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.
The Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) has warned that Trading Standards operatives will be checking up on car retail operations to ensure test drives are not illegally conducted during COVID-19 ‘Lockdown 3’.
Arnold Clark has insisted that staff who experience COVID-19 symptoms are instructed to remain at home after allegations that a senior member of car dealership staff exposed colleagues and customers to the virus by continuing to work.
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