As the lockdown eases, personal and business mobility is gradually increasing. Of course, we are a long way from 'normal' and so it's important to know what the current situation means for drivers and small business fleets. With this in mind, here are the top five questions we've been asked.
1) Are the dealers really open?
Yes, but not like before. Although many dealers are now open, they are generally operating with reduced staffing levels and limited opening times. This is especially true of fleet departments, who are likely to be running with a skeleton staff until at least July.
2) Can I order a vehicle that needs to come from the factory?
Due to new safety measures and social distancing, almost all car and van plants are running at reduced capacity. Combined with the normal summer shutdown, this could mean that it will be Autumn before anything like a full production schedule resumes.
3) Can I extend my lease until a new vehicle can be found?
In most circumstances, yes. If you cannot find a suitable new vehicle at the end of your lease then most funders are prepared to extend the contract.
4) How long will it take to get a new vehicle?
Given the extended lead times caused by the lockdown, it's important to start the order process early. If you require a new vehicle to be delivered this year, then now is the time to start looking. For popular cars, such as the BMW 330e Hybrid, you can expect to wait until early 2021 before taking delivery.
5) What if I need a vehicle quickly?
With very few vehicles being delivered for the last few months, and the suddenness of the lockdown, there are a reasonable number of stock vehicles now available for quick delivery.
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