*Please note that this is only a guideline and not to be construed as legal or professional advice. This provides minimum considerations for consumers. Public health measures to COVID-19 will continue to evolve as the crisis continues, so please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control for updates.
We have entered Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, and the economy is slowly resuming operations. Although it will not be business as usual, dealerships are looking forward to welcoming consumers, while managing the vehicle buying process safely and effectively.
This means that the next time you visit a licensed dealership in-person or online, things may be a little different than you’re used to. That is why we’ve compiled the handy guide below to help you through your next vehicle purchase during COVID-19.
Meeting the Salesperson
Conduct as many meetings with a licensed salesperson as possible via phone or video calls. However, if you must meet in-person at the dealership, find out in advance what precautions they are taking to stop the spread of the virus. Has the dealership:
Test Drive the Vehicle
Ask a licensed salesperson to conduct a virtual tour of the vehicle prior to the test drive to learn more about its features and defects. Inquire if the dealership follows recommended measures to prevent the spread of the virus when conducting test drives. To ensure you don’t miss anything, click here for our test drive best practices checklist.
If you’re signing sales documents at the dealership, be sure to maintain physical distancing. Ask if the surfaces in the surrounding area have been disinfected, as well as the pen if you aren’t using your own.
A distance sales contract is one made between a seller and consumer that isn’t entered into in-person and the consumer doesn’t have the opportunity to inspect the vehicle being purchased. Negotiations, offer, and acceptance of agreement and electronic signing of the contract can happen online. A licensed salesperson can email all agreements to you to print, sign, scan and email back to the salesperson at the dealership, or you can use an electronic signature (via an e-signature program). This applies to all agreements (i.e. finance and warranty, not just the purchase or lease agreement.
Ensure that the delivery of the vehicle respects the Provincial Health Officer’s orders for physical distancing. Inquire if the vehicle and keys have been thoroughly disinfected. A full demonstration of the vehicle’s features should be done virtually.
Without the consumer protection of buying from a licensed dealer, you’ll have to protect your interests. Be sure you aren’t buying from a Curber! Click here for more information about buying vehicles privately and remember to practice physical distancing throughout the process.
Most importantly, please ensure that you’re following the recommendations of our public health officials. Click here to find more information on COVID-19, including how to protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.