Dealers are handing over the first 21-reg new cars today, but this year’s March 1 is very different from normal.
With Lockdown 3 restriction still in place, car dealers are having to rely on click-and-collect car sales on the all-important plate-change day of March 1.
In more normal trading times, car dealers would be throwing open their doors to customers desperate to pick up their new car wearing the latest registration.
Car dealers, along with other non-essential retailers, will be open fully again on April 12.
Many dealers, including Vines BMW boss Sean Kelly, have told Car Dealer they feel April will be the new March this year and see the ‘demand pattern delayed’.
However, while March 1 2021 is more muted than before, dealers are taking to social media to drive home some positivity.
Marshall Motor Group tweeted today is ‘busy, busy, busy’.
— Marshall Motor Group (@MarshallGroup) March 1, 2021
John Mcmahon, business manager at Peter Vardy, wrote on LinkedIn ‘Even in the most testing times, we always make an extra special effort for our guests on new plate day’.
The family-run dealer group is handing over gifts along with cars, and its team is ‘buzzing’, despite March 1 2021 being different to normal.
Marshall Honda in Peterborough on Twitter shows off a happy member of staff in a new 21-reg Honda Civic and points customers to the firm’s online services and ‘virtual showroom’.
Want to look as happy as Sales Exec, Miguel in your #21plate #newreg? 😁
Then call 01733 340044 to book one of our few remaining virtual appointments for our online event 🚗👩💻 #marshallmoments #honda #virtualshowroom @rdd_2009 @CaroleMerry @csims147 @MarshallHonda @Mmgpetehonda pic.twitter.com/ES7DlxXxUH
— Monique Almond (@MoniqueAlmond1) February 27, 2021
Day’s Motor Group is busy handing over cars too and is encouraging customers to share pictures of their new 21-reg cars on social media.
We're excited to handover lots of new, 21 plate vehicles on new reg day tomorrow!😄✨
— Day's Motor Group (@DaysMotorGroup) February 28, 2021
Aston Martin Works tweeted the collection of this 21-reg DB11 Volante…
— Aston Martin Works (@AstonMartinWork) March 1, 2021
Manufacturers are getting behind the positive buzz too. Volvo Trucks UK tweeted pictures of a new FH lorry supplied by dealer Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East and handed over to DC Morris Transport.
It marks their second FH with I-Save to join the fleet, and it's heading up north on its first run this morning. pic.twitter.com/m9fyVRTKbS
— Volvo Trucks UK (@VolvoTrucksUK) March 1, 2021
Meanwhile, Richmond Motor Group embraced GIFs to express the excitememt of March 1.
— Richmond Motor Group (@Richmond_Motor) February 28, 2021
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