Car showrooms in Singapore will continue to operate despite the new social distancing measures.
The tighter restrictions, which were announced today (14 May), are aimed at stamping out the spread of COVID-19 cases.
These new rules include a ban on dining-in at eateries and households only being allowed to receive two distinct visitors a day.
Car buyers thinking of heading to a showroom should consider doing so alone. Test drives at Nissan, for instance, are now being strictly done with one customer and one sales consultant in the vehicle.
Showroom occupancy limits have also been further reduced from 10 sqm to 16 sqm per person of gross floor area. This means that even the largest showrooms are unlikely to be able to have more than 50 customers at a time.
Most of the local authorised dealers here are strongly recommending that customers pre-arrange their visits and test drives, to avoid long queues at their respective showrooms.
Most authorised dealers, such as Mercedes-Benz, Kia and Lexus, are already offering concierge test drives and will continue to do so.
Opting for a concierge test drive means the sales consultant will drive the car to the venue of your choice. This is not only more convenient, but also reduces your contact with others compared to being in a showroom.
On a relevant note, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has confirmed that there are currently no planned changes to the COE bidding schedule.
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