UK new car dealers said the post-government blockade “reopening roadmap” announced on Monday (February 22nd) excludes “click and collect” online orders for the “plate change” sales season on March 1st. I am dissatisfied with the fact that it will continue to be closed.
The government, along with other “non-essential” retailers, said dealers would not be allowed to reopen their showrooms until April 12 at the latest.
In a statement, SMMT CEO Mike Hawes understood that “the automotive industry must prioritize controlling viruses, reducing pressure on hospitals and protecting society as a whole. At the very least, it’s a shame because these facilities are COVID protected, have few footfalls, and are large facilities that can be operated by appointment.
“‘Click and collect’ can continue, but this is due to the showroom experience that so many retailers rely on, especially in all the important March plate exchange months, which represent one-fifth of new car registrations per year. It does not replace it.
“Unfortunately, the continued decline in retail trade not only leads to lower production, but also causes other operational problems.
“We look forward to the government working with the sector to provide ongoing support and clarity so that the industry can plan its resumption and recovery.”
UK Dealers Missing March 1 “Plate Change” Sales Season | Automotive Industry News
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