With the UK locked down as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, you might be wondering what it means for motorists. Can you, for example, still drive your car? What about getting petrol, or if your car needs an MOT? Here you’ll find answers to these questions and more.Read more
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Buying a car during the COVID-19 pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Similarly, with people being on lockdown, demand for cars is also lower than usual. This might mean that there’s more flexibility in prices.
Returning the car, or swapping it for a new one, will be more challenging during the lockdown. However, a dealership or your finance lender will be able to help you find a solution, such as extending your current contract until current restrictions are eased. Whatever option you settle on, bear in mind that it’ll need to be carried out online or over the phone.
- Batteries can be drained even when the car is switched off if electrical items remain active (alarms, for example). At worst, this could mean your car will fail to start just at the moment you need it. If your car is parked on property you own, you can overcome this danger by plugging in to a “trickle charger”, which keeps the battery charged via a conventional wall socket. Failing that, you should start your car and run it for 15 to 20 minutes once a week or so. That will top off the battery as well as circulate fluids around the engine. Running the air conditioning at the same time will help prevent mould from developing within your system.
- When a car’s brakes aren’t used for a prolonged period, they can begin to rust on the surface. This in turn can make them noisy and cause them to seize. To prevent this from happening, roll the car backward and forward a few times. If you’re parked on private land and it’s flat, you can also leave the emergency brake off to prevent it from seizing. Be sure to leave the car in gear to prevent it from moving.
- By rolling your car a few metres, you can help prevent the tyres from developing flat spots.
Vehicles that will get a minor update, such as the Audi Q5, may get pushed back to 2022. While there may be a model year 2021 vehicle, the timing cycle for minor product updates may get pushed back as both automotive companies and suppliers stop production. Automotive companies will do what they can to avoid delays. However, when plants shut down for 3–5 weeks, they can still stay on track for most model launches. However, if production delays extend for months, it may be harder to stay on track.