With safe-distancing measures in place and Circuit Breaker regulations forcing car dealerships and showrooms across the island to close, selling your car during this period would be close to impossible.
But now that the Circuit Breaker period is coming to an end, businesses and car dealerships will progressively start to open their doors. So, if you’ve been waiting to sell your car, you can finally do it now!
While the news is certainly welcomed, it’s also important for us to remember that the threat of COVID-19 is not over. As seen in some countries like Germany, the lift in restrictions have seen a sudden spike in new COVID-19 cases.
So, we must not be complacent and throw out all the hard work that has been done over the past few months and keep everyone safe. Here’s what you should do to keep yourself and everyone around you protected while selling your car post Circuit Breaker.
Disinfect Your Car
If you’re selling your car directly to a buyer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition. Usually, this means sending your car for grooming and making sure the interior is clean to maximise your chances of getting a sale.
During this pandemic, it’s also important that you disinfect your car before letting anyone view it. You don’t know what kind of bacteria is festering in your car, so you shouldn’t let potential buyers expose themselves unnecessarily.
Likewise, you should disinfect your car after the viewing or inspection as you do not know what type of germs are being brought into your car. So you’ll be protecting yourself from unwanted bacteria as well as other potential buyers!
We understand that it might not be possible to disinfect your car right away. So, as a start, you should wipe down high touch areas with wet wipes or alcohol-based disinfectant. Some of the most commonly touched areas include your steering wheel, dashboard buttons and door handles.
Wear a Mask and Practice Safe Distancing
We don’t expect the new mask-wearing laws to go away anytime soon. So, if you don’t want to bring home a $300 fine, remember to wear a mask at all times. Apart from breaking the law, not wearing a mask also exposes you to more bacteria and puts you at a higher risk of catching the virus.
Additionally, you should also continue to practice safe distancing. This means that when engaging the potential buyer or a car dealer, keep a distance away and don’t stand too close together.
Even at a distance, you can still communicate with each other. So keeping distance shouldn’t be that big of a problem!
Avoid Hand-to-Hand Transfers
Whether you’re handing over the car keys or some documents, there’s bound to be some sort of hand-to-hand transfers happening. This is something you should avoid as the coronavirus can live on these surface for up to 72 hours and can easily spread from person to person.
It’s good practice to keep these items separately and away from viewing or inspection. Ideally, you can keep them in a small box and leave them at the side. Remember to sanitize your hands before and after touching these items too!
Avoid Physical Contact
We understand that selling your car can be quite taxing and sometimes even infuriating. So, when you finally get to sell your car, it’s quite a joyful experience. So much so that sometimes, you might not be able to contain this joy and want to shake the hands of the buyer or even give him a little hug or pat on the back.
But this is something you must not do! You never know where the potential buyers’ hands have been. Similarly, you don’t know what kind of bacteria and germs are on your hands.
To ensure the safety of both parties, please avoid physical contact altogether.
Sell Your Car Online with CARRO
Traditionally, selling your car would require you to go from dealer to dealer looking for the best price for your car or meeting with a ton of potential buyers. As you would come in contact with a lot of different people, this would expose you to the virus even more.
So, what’s the best way to sell your car during the pandemic? With CARRO of course!
CARRO allows you to sell your car online for the highest price possible. There are no hidden fees, no mark-ups and no guesswork. So you’re guaranteed a seamless car selling experience.
The best part is, the entire experience is predominantly online. Simply submit your car details into their auction platform and verified car dealers nationwide will start bidding for your car. And after just 1 day, you’ll receive the best offer possible.
Only when you agree with the price will you be required to meet the buyer for inspection. So, this minimises the amount of contact you have with potential buyers significantly. Additionally, CARRO will handle most of the process for you, so it’s even easier to sell your car!
Learn more about selling your car online with CARRO at https://carro.sg/sell-car
Apart from these tips on how to sell your car safely after the Circuit Breaker measures have been lifted, you should also remember that you should be socially responsible throughout.
If you have symptoms of the flu or if you’re feeling unwell, you should definitely cancel the meeting. If you’re in an urgent need to sell your car, have a family member step in and meet the potential buyer instead.