Bright Spark

Who would want to be a traditional car dealer these days? I’m sure lots of people have made plenty of money in the trade over the years, but now the path to profit seems to be getting ever more difficult. There’s the major disruption of the Covid-19 crisis, of course, which has confined potential car-buyers […]

When a takeaway can lead to a ban

Whilst many businesses have unfortunately suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic, some have positively thrived. Online shopping giants like Amazon have reaped the benefits from a population forced to stay at home, and restaurants offering takeaways have also been able to increase their output, particularly via Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEats.   Many people with access […]

LEFT ON THE SHELF

Dear Doc, This might seem like an odd question, but does diesel go off? Stupidly, I filled my CR-V with diesel just before the lockdown was introduced and the car has been off the road ever since. By the time the lockdown has been lifted, it could be three or four months of inactivity for […]

In-vehicle shields added to Ford Accessories range

Ford has announced a new range of protection shields that can be quickly and easily fitted to a wide selection of the company’s commercial vehicles, designed to help operators meet social distancing requirements and deliver additional peace of mind for occupants.

JLR dealers prepare for June 1 re-opening as lockdown eases

From June 1st, Jaguar and Land Rover retailer showrooms across the country will be re-opening their doors again to welcome customers as lockdown restrictions ease. The company says that with a focus on customer safety and the provision of a comfortable environment, retailer teams have been following SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) and NFDA (National Franchised Dealers Association) guidance and best practice, focusing on the health and safety of employees and customers.

Kia dealers get back to business

Following the official COVID-19 update from the UK government, Kia Motors (UK) Limited has announced that Kia dealers across England will be fully reopening their doors from 1 June. Car dealerships will be fully reopened, including the showrooms, aftersales departments, service centres and MOT centres.

Range Rover production restarts at Solihull under social distancing rules

The first Range Rover made under new social distancing measures has left the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plant in Solihull, following the recent temporary pause in production due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company says that effective social distancing, hygiene and health monitoring measures are in place following an extensive review of all production lines, engineering facilities, office areas and communal spaces as the company starts a phased return to manufacturing. With the implementation of the new protocol, staff will experience a significant number of changes to their working day from the moment they enter the site.

SEAT extends warranties to cover COVID-19 shut-down

SEAT has extended the warranty cover of all vehicles by three months due to the closure of retailers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension applies to all warranties that have, or are due to expire, between 1st March 2020 and 31st May 2020. This covers Mii Electric, Ibiza, Leon, Arona, Ateca, Tarraco, Alhambra and CUPRA models.