Robert Forrester CEO of Vertu Motors says the franchised retail group is selling more than 2,000 retail cars a week through click and collect. This is happening without anyone visiting a showroom prior to sale. “Our tech and trained sales teams are doing a job unimaginable this time last year”.  The retailer has also launched free delivery on new and used cars within 30 miles of each dealership.

However he has estimated Vertu sales are down around 30% during the January lockdown. He says the retailer is “battling hard” to maintain trade.

Click and collect has received official approval with the Scottish government.  It has confirmed to the NFDA that click and collect sales can continue. Outdoor vehicle lots can remain open after retailers demonstrated they can operate on a Covid-secure way.

In other Covid news, Kent Police fined a man £200 after driving from Sussex to Riverhead (a journey of around 50 miles) for looking at cars outside a garage.