Bolton and District Advanced Motorists wanted to check out what test-driving a new car involved in this COVID-19 world we now live in and contacted their local Bolton Kia showroom, which could not have been more helpful.
Barry Sloan, group publicity officer, volunteered for the experience and was guided through the new procedure and advised that before his test drive, the car would be completely cleaned and sanitised. He was asked to wear a face covering and gloves during the drive. If this was not possible, then the showroom would make arrangements for a deeper clean of the car when it was returned.
Barry was sent a video of all the controls beforehand, allowing him to familiarise himself with them, even before he sat in the car, and helping to minimise the amount of close contact time needed by staff to familiarise any potential customer with the controls.
The route in and out of the showroom was clearly marked to maintain social distancing. A hand sanitising station was prominent and staff were on hand to guide Barry safely to his test-drive vehicle.
When planning a test-drive, here are Barry’s handy hints:
Barry said: “If you are in the market for a new car, with a little pre-planning you should enjoy the test-drive and have confidence you can choose right model for your lifestyle.”