Lockdown effectively starts today, March 29. In line with that, many establishments are left without a choice but to close during this second lockdown. Among them are car dealers, resulting in closed showrooms and service centers for now.
Dealers and Showrooms Closed During ECQ:
Said dealers have announced that they are temporarily suspending operations, including sales and services, until the end of ECQ on April 4. The temporary suspension will only affect branches located in NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal. That said, you can still visit their branches located outside greater Manila.
Even then, we still don’t recommend you going outside for the meantime. The NCR and its surrounding cities is experiencing a surge in COVID 19 cases, which resulted in a new round of lockdowns for multiple cities in and around the capital. However, if visiting a dealer is indispensable, perhaps you’re an essential worker in need of a car, repair, or maintenance service, then take note of the important guidelines here that can help you.
Interestingly, even with dealerships in greater Manila closed and inoperative, you may still explore showrooms without leaving the comfort of your home. This is made possible by virtual showrooms online. A trend most likely started by Autohub Group—distributor of Mini, Rolls Royce, Lotus, and Piaggo. According to Willy Tee Ten, President of Autohub Group, this thing could be the new norm, hence each of their brands has a respective online showroom. It lets you check the entire car easily and conveniently. Also offering the same are Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and many more; with Nissan offering the most interactive virtual showroom.
Even with closed showrooms and service centers in greater Manila, roadside assistance will continue 24/7 for Ford, Volkswagen, Kia, and Maxus. Toyota will also continue emergency roadside assist but in select areas only.