April 2021 COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the latest Government guidance, we announce that all sales, service, parts and rental departments are now fully open effective Monday 12 April 2021.

As always, the safety of our customers, suppliers and colleagues are at the heart of our reopening plans. With over 30 million people now vaccinated in the UK, we are excited to open our doors and welcome visitors to our showrooms.

All visiting customers requested to attend with face masks and to use hand sanitisation stations where applicable. All payments are preferred via card, contactless or direct bank transfer. Cash payments to be avoided to assist with the spread of COVID-19, if cash is your only option please discuss with your adviser at point of booking.

Please note that any customers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or requiring to self-isolate under the Government guidance please avoid visiting our businesses until such time as permissible under the Government guidance.

Face Covering Notice Update

From Thursday 24th September 2020 it will also be mandatory for our colleagues to wear face coverings at all times.

The wearing of a face covering for Sales, Aftersales and Parts customers attending the business by appointment is mandatory. Please ensure you have this in place prior to arrival as in the interest of our colleagues and customer safety those customers arriving at the site without a face covering may be turned away.

It is important to note that some of our customers may be exempt from wearing a face covering. The conditions under which this may apply are listed below;

  1. young children under the age of 11
  2. not being able to put on wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  3. if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause them severe distress
  4. if they are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  5. to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to themselves or others
  6. to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and they do not have a face covering with them
  7. to eat or drink, but only if they need to
  8. to take medication
  9. if a police officer or other official requests they remove the face covering

In line with the guidance from the government which states; “Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law (as they would do more generally) and can refuse entry. If necessary, the police have the powers to enforce these measures, including through issuing a fine of £100 (halving to £50 if paid within 14 days)”.

For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Advice from The AA regarding keeping your car in good health during the lock down

Leaving your car parked for up to a month

Fuel – Before parking your car up for a long period, it’s a good idea to top up with fuel. Not only will this help with other measures, but a full tank doesn't attract condensation, which could cause issues if allowed to build up over time.

Battery maintenance – If you can, connect your car's battery to a mains-powered battery maintainer. If you can't, start the engine once a week and allow it to run for about 15 minutes. This will re-charge the battery and help keep the engine in good condition. It’s important to allow the engine to run for this long so the battery can charge properly. In the case of petrol engine cars, it also helps to prevent engines from flooding with fuel. Never leave your car unattended with the engine running.

Brakes – Sometimes when a car's parked up for a long period with the parking brake on, the brakes can seize. To prevent this it's good practice to release the parking brake and move the vehicle a short distance back and forth, at the same time as running the engine. You shouldn’t leave the parking brake off unless the vehicle is on private land with the wheels securely chocked.

Electric vehicles – EVs and hybrid vehicles have 12-volt batteries, the same as conventional cars. However, they charge differently. Pressing the start button, so the ready light comes on, will operate the charging system. Doing this for 10 minutes once a week should keep the 12-volt battery topped up. Some electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles can maintain their 12-volt batteries if they’re plugged in to the mains charger. Check your vehicle handbook for details on this.

Garages – Don’t run a car engine inside a household garage as the exhaust fumes can be toxic. If you keep your car in a garage, pull it out onto the drive to run the engine to charge the battery.

Getting back on the road

Before you start a car you haven’t used for a long time:

  • Check that the MOT and car tax are still current.
    • Taxing the car will cancel any SORN.
    • If you need an MOT, you can only drive the car if it’s to a garage for a pre-booked MOT.
  • Check tyre pressures.
  • Check nothing’s nesting under the bonnet or has chewed through the pipes/hoses.
  • Check all fluid levels, before starting the engine.
  • Check the brakes, including the handbrake – they may have seized up if the car was left with the handbrake on. Try putting into gear and driving gently.

Credit The AA, please visit https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/laying-up to see the original article.