This week, the Government made a number of important announcements for the automotive retail sector.
As dealers start to prepare to go back to work, we have published ‘Industry Guidance and Best Practice for Automotive Retail’ produced in conjunction with SMMT and in line with Government guidelines. Dealerships’ showrooms are considered ‘non-essential retail’ and, according to Government, should gradually return to work from 1 June. We will continue to liaise with the relevant bodies and keep you updated on this issue.
In the meantime, we can confirm that although physical showrooms should currently remain closed to the public, dealers are entitled to offer a ‘click and collect’ service at dealerships for vehicles purchased remotely. Please find more information below.
Additionally, the Chancellor has confirmed the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of October. From July, businesses will be able to bring back furloughed employees part time, with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of furloughed staff..
The furlough scheme was discussed in more detail at a well-attended NFDA HR Working Group video conference held on Wednesday as we continue to support dealers in all business areas. Other topics discussed included apprenticeships, Drive My Career and skills likely to be increasingly needed in our sector.
The latest used car market figures showed a decline by -8.3% in the first quarter of 2020. Used car transactions performed well at the beginning of the year but were then affected by a steep decrease in March as dealerships closed. More information in the news.
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Sue Robinson, NFDA Director