Coronavirus: Which car dealers are closed?

Published 23 March 2020

Car dealers across the country are closing following Government advice that people should practise 'social distancing' in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

While buyers are advised to stay away from showrooms, many dealers are still open to online enquiries. Workshops also continue to carry out work - particularly on important jobs including those cars owned by key workers.

These are the dealer groups that have announced closures so far:

Arnold Clark

With 200 dealerships across the UK, Arnold Clark is one of the country's biggest car dealers. It's announced that showroom sales will stop from Monday 23 March, with the entire business closed by Wednesday 25 March. It plans to reopen on Monday 13 April at the earliest. Anyone in the process of purchasing a car will be contacted by a member of the sales team, while anyone with a car booked into the workshop will be contacted with a rescheduled date.


Dealer group Sytner has announced that its showrooms will be closed from the end of Tuesday 24 March. Workshops will remain open until work already booked in has been completed.

It plans to support customers who wish to purchase cars by launching a buy online option on its website. This will be in the next few days and allow potential buyers to obtain a part-exchange valuation, apply for finance and have the car delivered without leaving their home.


JCT600 is closing its 52 dealers across the north of England from the end of Monday 23 March. Despite showrooms being closed, its staff will be on hand to respond to phone calls and online chats.

"Our top priority is everyone’s safety both on and off the road. With this in mind, we will be prioritising safety-related issues and technical faults; any routine appointments will be reviewed and re-appointed at a later date. Please expect a call from our member of our team."


Lookers - which trades as Taggarts in Scotland and Charles Hurst in Northerm Ireland - has announced that it is closing all of its dealerships with immediate effect in responsise to COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The board is incredibly grateful to our brilliant employees who have been working hard to continue to serve our customers and the community safely in difficult circumstances.

“However, the board has carefully considered the impact of COVID-19 and the current advice of the UK Government. The board’s priority is to support the welfare of our colleagues and customers and to play our part in the national effort to reduce the further spread of the virus.

“Over the past 48 hours it has become clear that maintaining safe social distancing measures whilst continuing to operate car dealerships has become increasingly difficult.


Harry Baker    on 24 March 2020

What about vertu honda??

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