Car Sales and Level 3
Into Level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown
Car sales and level 3
South Africa has moved into Level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown, opening up many more sectors of the economy. Car sales have actually been allowed since mid-May under Level 4 of the lockdown, with strict adherence to rules as well as safety measures a prerequisite, as you’d expect. With more people returning to work and more people therefore travelling, the risk of COVID-19 remains serious and health and safety measures are more important than ever.
All car dealerships must adhere to strict health and safety measures including social distancing, sanitation of the site and the compulsory wearing of cloth masks, for both employees and customers alike.
No children may enter any dealership, and all customers must sign a register when entering a dealership.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition stipulated the following regulations with regards to car sales during Level 3 , and these remain in place until updated by government:
Customer on-site contact will be allowed, but kept to a minimum, whilst remote vehicle sales is encouraged.
Test drives can be arranged on site by appointment only, and under very strict hygiene conditions including fully sanitised cars.
On site pick-ups and deliveries of fully sanitised cars will be allowed under strict hygiene conditions with an option of home delivery of fully sanitised cars if possible.
Car auctions for all categories will be conducted online in compliance with the CPA Regulations and limited physical contact will be allowed for viewing prior to the auction under very strict hygiene conditions including fully sanitised cars and limits on the numbers of persons at auctions in order to maintain a distance of at least 1.5m between persons at all times, including when entering or exiting from an auction.
More good news for the industry is that motor manufacturing can commence once again, although obviously within stringent safety measures and sanitation standards. A gradual resumption of production will be probable, as motor manufacturers meet regulations as well as the spirit of the law while ensuring best practices and responsibility towards their employees.