Whilst buying a new car may be pretty low down on your current lockdown to-do list, the discounts on offer currently with car dealers may actually mean that now could be a great time to buy your next car. Here’s why:
- The government has updated lockdown guidance for car dealers
The government has recently announced that car dealers are allowed to sell (online) and deliver cars during lockdown providing social distancing rules are adhered to.
- Rules around test driving have been relaxed
The DVLA have stated that potential buyers may now test drive vehicles on their own, providing the seller has the required trade plates and insurance. Previously, the trade plate licence holder was required to be present in the vehicle, however the DVLA has now confirmed that potential buyers will be able to test drive a car alone and therefore maintain social distance.
- Car dealers are offering some cracking deals
After a period of uncertainty dealers are keen to get business moving again and will be more likely to offer discounts and do a deal. Importantly, any deals are unlikely to stay around for too long once the lockdown will be eased and demand for cars increases again. So now may be the time to snap up your next car for a great price.
All this should mean the process of buying a car during lockdown is much easier than before. However, ClickMechanic recommends that any potential purchaser should double-check with the dealer that the trade plates are up to date and the trader has the required insurance in place prior to taking the car out.
In all cases though, if buying a second hand car, but especially if you are test driving one solo without being able to ask questions at the time, it’s always best to have a professional check over the car. ClickMechanic can help with a Contact-Free Pre-Purchase Inspection, book yours here today.