Coach, Minibus/Coach Finance, Taxis

Motor Dealers Re-Open Their Doors

The first of June saw the first glimpse of normality resuming for the UK with slight eases of lockdown restrictions being lifted.

Some schools re-opened, people are able to socialise in groups of six in an outdoor space and some non-essential businesses were able to reopen.

Car showrooms were amongst those opening their doors to the public for the first time since lockdown measures were implemented. The motor industry is taking huge steps to ensure the safety of both staff and customers as dealerships re-open.

It’s been a long 10 weeks and we’ve certainly seen how the industry can adapt, with an increase in business being conducted online over this period.

With public transport use being discouraged during lockdown, there has been a significant impact on the travel industry, which we will hopefully have some updates on towards the end of June. Whilst public transport has been discouraged, this could explain a boost in sales amongst cheaper new model vehicles or used vehicles.

We work closely with a select few, trusted dealerships including David Fishwick who have kindly provided us with an update outlining the preparation they’ve taken to reopen.

“David Fishwick, the Minibus specialists have always operated on a national basis due to the specialist nature of their product range and are gearing up to re-open their showroom and also resume with delivery of vehicles within the coming days, having put measures in place to adhere to distancing guidelines during both the preparation and handover process to protect their customers and members of staff.

Matt Eames, Business development manager advises that despite some short term disruption caused by COVID-19, their order book has been largely unaffected with demand for new & used EuroVI compliant minibuses in particular being very high across both commercial and non-profit sectors. Whilst the Tourism industry is seeing changes in level of demand, the feedback from their customers is that new opportunities are opening up providing travel for small groups of passengers who do not want to use public transport – a role in which a flexible small vehicle can excel.

Key suppliers including vehicle and component manufacturers are back at work and scheduling revised delivery dates, allowing the coach building arm of the business to re-start from 1st June, with a range of new passenger and driver screening options in the final stages of development to help the end users operate the vehicles safely.”

We’re very much looking forward to continuing to work with David Fishwick! CAVA has fortunately remained functional throughout lockdown, but we understand the uncertainty surrounding the last few months has caused many companies to put certain plans on hold.

We’d like to reassure all clients and future clients that we are here to offer impartial, no obligation advice, so if you’re considering your options but don’t know where to start, please get in touch. You can call Mike on 0161 222 9599 or use our contact form and he’ll be happy to discuss your needs.