Help for car dealers & automotive businesses during #Covid-19.

Neil Smith, Operations Director at Imperial Cars is calling on the industry’s leading figures to unite forces & navigate motor trade businesses to safety.

Neil urgently needs the automotive industry’s most influential business people to provide help & advice.


Covid-19 Car Dealer Updates:

Exclusive to CEOs, Owners or Directors of a car dealership only.

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Last Updated: 28th March 2020

Coronavirus impact summary.


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24th March, 2020

To furloug or not to furlough

Everything you need to know about a furlough:

Car showrooms have had to close (but see our update on distance selling) and many garages will see a reduction in business even if they choose to stay open and so these businesses are at risk of closing down. To try and ensure these businesses do survive and are able to trade again when we are through the worst of the virus, the Government has put in place various measures, one of which is furlough leave which is designed to provide a grant, payable to the employer, to cover 80% of the wage of any employee they need to put on furlough leave. This along with the other measures put in place by the Government should help businesses to either keep trading or be in a position to trade again on the other side.  

20th March, 2020

Mythbusting COVID-19 for car dealers – we reveal the real Coronavirus impacts & how dealers can win.

18th March, 2020

Coronavirus poses ‘biggest threat’ to UK car retailers

In the seven days after the first UK death from the virus, on March 5, Pendragon’s share price declined 32.5% to 8p; Vertu Motors by 24% to 24p; Marshall by 15.3% to 130p; Lookers by 43.8% to 22.45p; Inchcape by 11.5% to 517.5p; Cambria by 13.3% to 55.5p; and Caffyns by 16.3% to 335p.

David Peel, Peugeot UK managing director, told AM that his PSA Group bosses in France had advised staff not to take trains or planes due to the coronavirus risk.

Peel said its field team is still visiting dealers “at the moment” but Peugeot has given guidance to limit the risks through use of hand sanitiser and regular washing.

Gupta said Marshall had taken the decision to cancel all international travel for group employees, which had meant postponing a reward trip to Abu Dhabi for its top performing staff.

18th March, 2020

React: car dealers. How to re-adjust your sales processes to navigate Covid-19

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Ben Charity

Ben’s Helpline for automotive industry people remains open and operating as normal. Ben’s support service is also operating as normal, with the exception of face-face support visits, which won’t take place for the foreseeable future. We encourage those who need support with their health and wellbeing to make use of Ben’s tips, advice & tools online at and get in touch via Ben’s Helpline if they need tailored Health & Wellbeing support.


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