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How coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the car market
26 March 2020

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As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, it will have a dramatic impact on most businesses including the car industry.

At Motor Market, we are here to provide support to car owners through this difficult time and want to ensure you have all the correct information.

Impact on new car manufacturing From the 25th March, the factories responsible for making two-thirds of the cars produced in the UK will have ceased production for several weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Manufacturers such as Ford have announced the shutdown of its products across the UK. In a statement, Ford said: "Due to the dramatic impact this ongoing crisis is having on the European market and the supplier industry, we have decided to bring forward part of the summer shutdown period for our UK operations to the Easter period” (Source: BBC News) Shutdowns have also been confirmed by BMW, Toyota and Honda. BMW’s chief executive, Oliver Zipse, said the interruption was expected to last until 19 April, while Honda’s will run until at least 6 April. BMW said profits this year would be significantly lower due to the interruptions at plants that accounted for half of the 2.6m cars it built-in 2019. (Source: The Guardian)

Vehicle MOTs & Driving tests It has been announced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards agency that if your current vehicles MOT certificate is after 30th March then you will automatically have the MOT due date extended by 6 months, enabling the continuation of travelling to work and shops for necessities during this time. All Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, however, and MOT garages will remain open for essential repair work. Read more about this here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020  However, if you’re MOT was due before the 30th March and you are not self-isolating or extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 you must still get an MOT as soon as you can make sure your vehicle meets road safety standards. Practical driving tests and annual testing for lorries, buses and coaches have also been suspended for up to 3 months initially.

What we can do – from the forecourt to your drive Here at Motor Market as an experienced used car dealer in Birmingham, we appreciate a new car might not be on your mind right now, but when lockdown restrictions lift and as the situation becomes less serious, we can help get you the perfect used car safely.

We can bring the car direct to your door, limiting social contact and putting your convenience first. Browse our online showroom to see what used cars we currently have available.

We can arrange car finance and drive away the same day.  Our car finance options are suitable for people with good and bad credit, so regardless of your current situation, we can usually get you approved for your ideal car. We realize at this time that as our customer, you need expert advice and a car to fit within your budget.

We will work with you to provide the best car finance deal in the West Midlands. It’s important to note that all our vehicles come with a full 12 Month MOT and are all AA approved cars with a 128-point Mechanical Inspection Report and comprehensive AA Parts & Labour Mechanical Warranty for your peace of mind. We would appreciate your support of our family-run business during this difficult time and hope we can find your next car finance deal.


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