Dealers eager to sell cars again

2020-05-20 06:02

Motor vehicle dealers in South Africa selling new and used vehicles return to business hoping to make up for profit lost during the lockdown due to Covid-19.

The industry can reopen after the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, gave the green light on Tuesday (12/05) in line with level 4 implementation. The industry was also closed during level 5 of the lockdown from 27 March to 30 April.

Mark Dommisse, chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), said only 30% of employees of the 1 300 members (making up 85% of dealerships in South Africa), are allowed on dealer premises from 13 to 23 May.

“After which the staff complement can be lifted to 60% until 6 June when full staffing is permitted,” he said.

According to Dommisse, the national lockdown resulted in retail vehicle sales to drop with 98,4% in April compared to April 2019, with only 574 units reported as sold to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Dommisse said that from level 4, the directive will permit the buying of new and used vehicles, trade-ins and vehicle servicing.

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