7 weeks and counting

legal_updates

It’s been a tough year, but so many dealers have adapted, survived and in many cases, thrived.

Author: Nona Bowkis
Published:
Reading time: 2 minutes

This article is 5 months old.

Read our disclaimer keyboard_arrow_down

This website content is intended as a general guide to law as it applies to the motor trade. Lawgistics has taken every effort to ensure that the contents are as accurate and up to date as at the date of first publication.

The laws and opinions expressed within this website may be varied as the law develops. As such we cannot accept liability for or the consequence of, any change of law, or official guidelines since publication or any misuse of the information provided.

The opinions in this website are based upon the experience of the authors and it must be recognised that only the courts and recognised tribunals can interpret the law with authority.

Examples given within the website are based on the experience of the authors and centre upon issues that commonly give rise to disputes. Each situation in practice will be different and may comprise several points commented upon.

If you have any doubt about the correct legal position you should seek further legal advice from Lawgistics or a suitably qualified solicitor. We cannot accept liability for your failure to take professional advice where it should reasonably be sought by a prudent person.

All characters are fictitious and should not be taken as referring to any person living or dead.

Use of this website shall be considered acceptance of the terms of the disclaimer presented above.

So, almost a year after Boris sent us into lockdown 1, we finally see some light regarding opening forecourts and showrooms for business!

It’s been a tough year, but so many dealers have adapted, survived and in many cases, thrived.

The date, when car dealers in England and Scotland can throw open their doors, looks to be 12 April 2021 (with Wales possibly earlier). This date is a “no earlier than” date and so it could be pushed back, but current signs are that we will fully get going again as an industry within seven weeks.

For now, we need to continue to keep premises closed and keep doing business in response to remote orders only, whether that be online or by phone. You can of course, as we have advised all along, section off a bit of the showroom to allow customers in to sign documents and complete any remote sales – the law has always allowed this.

For those of you who have embraced distance selling, we expect this will continue alongside more traditional sales but do remember that you will still need to provide the customer with all the distance sales terms to protect yourself from customers abusing both vehicles and your good nature. Give your customers a copy of our free Distance Sale template at the time of order and you will have complied with your legal obligations under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013. You cannot take away the consumer’s statutory right to the 14 days return period but you can ensure the sales are done on your terms.

Nona Bowkis

Legal Advisor

Read more by this author

Getting in touch

You can contact us via the form or you can call us on 01480 455500.