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Can I still buy a car during lockdown?

Can I still buy a car during lockdown?


Here’s everything you need to know about buying a car during the UK’s second lockdown period.

A second lockdown has been in effect in England since 00.01 on November 5, which has seen all non-essential retailers closed.

The automotive industry has reacted with disappointment to this news, because this will include car dealerships shutting until the rules ease on December 2.

However, while dealers are not allowed to welcome customers into their stores, they can continue to sell cars if they set up click and collect services or deliver to people’s homes.

Government documentation says: “Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

“A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.”

Unfortunately for Welsh dealerships, they cannot offer click and collect services. However, wherever you are in the UK you can complete the purchase of a car online or over the phone and have to delivered to your house. Buyers in England can collect their vehicle providing the dealer has implemented social distancing measures.

The news that car dealers must close has been met with negativity from the car industry.

Mike Hawes, CEO of industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “As England heads back into lockdown, we need to keep business operating. Auto Manufacturing must have its showrooms open; it’s proven safe & secure, a very different environment from other retail premises. We need to keep the economy turning – safely – and prevent wider job losses.”

Here at Swansway Group, We are delighted to continue to offer a Click & Collect experience to help you purchase your next new or used vehicle during the November - December lockdown in England. Browse hundreds of cars on our website and get in touch via online enquiry, live chat or phone call to purchase online. You can buy in full or via finance all on our website with live video calls and web chats with our team.

Find out more about how you can buy a car online with Swansway Group today!