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Buying A Car In Lockdown
01 November 2020

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How can i buy a car in lockdown 

You need to change your car but the country has just entered a second lockdown much to your dismay. How can you do this? All of the available information is confussing and contradictory, what can you do to understand the true facts? Fear not as most car dealers during this second lockdown will be able to operate remotely even though showrooms are closed to the public. Dealers will be operating but doing so by telephone and email communication. 

With most people now feeling confident to engage with online sales most dealers are able to fulfil answering questions and dealing with all aspects of a car sale remotely with the buyer. My name is David Bilsborough business owner here at Cheshire cars in Crewe Cheshire with over 30 years industry experience including 25 years as business owner here at Cheshire cars, I will offer my experience in just how you may achieve buying a car during lockdown safely and successfully. 

How will I get the car including getting finance and exchanging my old car 

Whilst showrooms are closed to the public there will be staff working to ensure that car sales and finance plus part exchange can all happen. As I wrote earlier dealers that can operate will do so remotely. So one of the first things that you should carry out after narrowing down just who has the car that you are interested in, is asking if they are offering click and collect or click and deliver? This will shorten the time from being wasted. 

A dealer who has in place the process to carry out these services will be able to help you in securing all three if you require finance and exchange plus delivery. If we look at valuing your current car. The more information that you have to hand then the more likelihood of the dealer being able to accurately value the car. If you take several images of the car both inside and out plus areas of damage then forward these to the dealer this will greatly improve the valuation. The key areas are condition, mileage and service history. A dealer will have outlets including trade ones so a part exchange if described accurately will be no problem. 

Should you require finance then a dealer may already have an online proposal system within the website, but if not by telephoning through, the dealer will be able to quote and propose you through to the lender. Once accepted by the lender all paperwork will be forwarded to you to read and ultimately sign online. You can if preferred sign hardcopies and return by post but obviously this will take longer. The dealer will require the payout of the finance before collection or delivery which will be the same for each deal not taking finance to comply with Government rules during the lockdown . Even so as it will be a distant sale you have added security from any issues that might arise from not first seeing the car before signing the agreement. 

What you can expect upon collection or delivery

If you have decided upon the click and collect option then you simply follow the instructions given to you by the dealership. Usually the handover will be at their address but outside of the showroom. The car together with the original copies of paperwork and keys will be in a secured area with the car. You are at liberty to look over the car and take a short drive. The dealership will have in place the necessary insurance to allow you to do so on your own. If you have chosen the delivery to your door option then the car will be delivered to you and again you will be free to do the same as you have done at the dealership. The car will be presented in a clean and sterile condition whichever option you decide on. 

So to sum up you can buy a car during these current lockdown conditions taking all precautions and be able to do so confidently and safely. For further confidence look at the reviews other buyers have left after having purchased from the dealer. Another great way to understand how that dealer operates is to watch any video they have produced about the car. Good dealers will not only video the car but do so whilst talking through the features and condition of the car.  


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