The Trade Centre Group is set to reopen all three of their England based retail outlets on Monday 1st of June and have been busy during lockdown, transforming their huge car showrooms into what they claim to be the safest place in the U.K. to buy a used car and slashing prices by up to £3,000 across every single car.
Following an exhaustive risk-assessment of the entire business, the team have implemented an extensive safety plan which includes 2m safe distancing, showroom capacity marshals, one way entrance and exits, signage, floor stickers, sanitised vehicle demonstrations, hand gel and wipe stations and temperature control checks on staff arriving for shifts.
Those customers venturing out in pursuit of a new car will see that prices on reopening have been dropped considerably, Andy Coulthurst CEO explained “We expect to see retail and wholesale car prices drop significantly in the market over coming weeks and months as dealers compete to attract what is certain to be a reduced number of buyers, so we’ve taken the bold decision to get ahead of the curve and clear every single car in stock. The majority of cars have been reduced by £3,000 and no car has less than a £2,000 reduction” he added “of course, whatever the size of the saving, we do not expect car shoppers to venture into our premises unless they are absolutely certain that they are entering a safe environment and we have invested heavily in creating what we believe to be the safest place to buy a used car in the U.K.”
The group have over 5,000 cars to clear and will be resuming opening until 9pm midweek from the 1st of June and 6pm on weekends. Every car is able to be driven away within 1 hour, minimising the amount of time that each customer remains in-store and the clearance is supported by a wide panel of lenders with the ability for customers to put down just £99 or their old car as deposit, with payments from as little as £20 per week.
Commenting on how busy the showrooms were expected to be, Andy Wildy Chief Operating Officer of Trade Centre said “With much of the U.K. still furloughed, we expect the first couple of weeks to be steady but realistically we don’t expect the showrooms to be crowded. I see it stepping up when the rest of U.K. retail is allowed to open on 15th June, savvy car buyers will be snapping up the bargains whilst it is quiet during the first couple of weeks of the clearance”