Let’s go… Car dealerships are finally reopening!

Hold onto your gearsticks. It’s finally happening. You can now purchase a new motor! We’ve only been waiting 3 months, so this is truly welcomed. As of Monday (12th of April), car dealerships across the majority of the UK reopened their doors thanks to the recent easing of rules surrounding non-essential outlets, such as retail. 

Potential customers once again have the ability to enter dealership premises and browse car showrooms again in England this week. This is following Scotland who relaxed rules last week. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland will have to wait a little while longer, but you can always browse online, choose what you like the look of, and collect.

If you haven’t heard of The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), they’re one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. They’re anticipating a rise in demand for new cars. However, whilst this is fantastic news for the motor industry and the economy as a whole, it has been calculated that a new motor would require to be sold every 10 seconds. This is to exceed the lost sales due to closures.

So, does this mean you can also purchase a used car? Why, yes. Yes, it does. Fortunately, browsing and purchasing a used car falls under the same guidelines as purchasing a new car. Providing social distancing is adhered to, members of the public are free to purchase used cars across both England and Wales.

For now, it’s advised that you avoid purchasing vehicles privately as this infringes on the government’s guidance. Currently, leaving the house should be just for essential reasons or for your job (if you’re unable to work from home). Beware, as reports of individuals breaking restrictions and travelling 100 miles for a privately sold vehicle, resulted in hefty fines in the past.

With this in mind, the rules and regulations surrounding small groups meeting outdoors have loosened, which opens the door for private sales to resume — if approached with caution. There’s a lot to consider: entering a seller’s home isn’t permitted and making transactions must be handled carefully; social distancing is required, and it goes without saying that you shouldn’t share a vehicle with anyone outside your household.

You may be wondering what the rules surrounding garages are — especially if you’re due an MOT. Throughout the peak of the pandemic, you may recall the government allowing drivers the option to claim a 6-month-long MOT extension. This was to stop any unnecessary driving. As of January 31st, any exemptions expired, so things are back to normal. Any road user must have evidence of an MOT certificate — so make sure it’s valid!

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