Dear Colleague,

Following a number of enquiries on the legality of test drives, we have circulated member-guidance on the issue. If you have not received it, please contact us.

This week, the Prime Minister’s announced the roadmap out of lockdown for England. It is disappointing that dealerships will not be allowed to reopen until April. We have once again highlighted that showrooms can be run in a covid-safe manner and that although online sales with click & collect will provide a lifeline for dealers, they cannot be enough going forward. We will continue to liaise with Government and keep you updated.

Positively, findings from the latest What Car?’s research showed that 95% of consumers will be comfortable visiting showrooms as soon as these are allowed to reopen. Also, consumers think franchised dealers will take the most safety precautions. Please find more information in the news.

This week we also received a letter from the Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, confirming that in Scotland “accessing the showroom to conclude the purchasing of the vehicle would be permissible at this time using an appointment system”, a positive move following our previous requests. Please find additional details below.

NFDA is your trade association and we are the voice of automotive retailers: if you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our member helpline on 01788 538303 or email

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive