The effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continue to deepen, and drivers face uncertain times ahead. With the government advising that all non-essential travel should stop, this leaves car drivers...
Parkers is continuously monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to be able to offer the most up-to date motoring news about the changing situation. The health and safety of our readers is our top priority and our advice is constantly updated, guided by current UK government alerts and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The links below are intended to offer help, information and guidance for all of our readers – from how to store your car for a period of long inactivity to how the new MoT regulations will affect key workers still driving their cars, vans and pickups. For this and much, much more – follow the links below.
Continue reading: 10 useful driving tips during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) driving and owning articles below
A second period of lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November brings about familiar measures to slow down the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19), but with some important differences for drivers.
With a second COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown looming, the reliance on van drivers to keep working will continue to be greater than ever. However, it’s essential that in order to keep...
With the government advice that we should not be undertaking any non-essential driving during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, lots of garages have temporarily shut-up shop. Many car owners have services due...
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic drags on, and we continue to be told that we should stay inside, some of you may be starting to worry what this might mean...
Britain has been in lockdown for months, with the car market severely affected by travelling restrictions. How does this situation affect car values, and how are they likely to change...
The financial regulator of the UK has announced that leasing companies must offer a three-month payment holiday for those affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During the three-month freeze, The Financial...
The car payment holiday scheme for car finance deals has been extended by six months in a bid to help customers struggling with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was initially due...
If there is one thing that's certain about the current coronavirus situation, it's that vans, pickups and businesses need to keep moving. We've already covered coronavirus (COVID-19) hygiene advice for van...
With the enduring seriousness of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, some van and pickup owners and operators will be wondering how they’re going to be able to keep up with their...
Going on a cruise, an extended stay overseas or coping with the consequences of an unprecedented pandemic? Chances are, you'll want your car to still be in good condition after...
While the government is advising drivers to keep their non-essential journeys to a minimum during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some of you won’t be able to use your vehicles at...
A new, month-long national COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown in England is set to come into force on Thursday 5 November 2020. But at this stage there is no indication that the...
With online purchasing and delivery becoming the new normal in all walks of life, it's surprising to see that not everyone in the car market is offering the option to...
By 2021 the proportion of online-shoppers in the UK is predicted to be 93%. Networked is the new normal. But getting a new car from the web still hasn't become the...
If you're looking to to get your car serviced during England's second lockdown, garages will be remaining open, with no plans to close during November. 'We're following government guidelines and...
England's second lockdown comes into force on Thursday 5 November. With it there will be a new, month-long set of restrictions – but at this stage there is no indication...
Modern cars are surprisingly well-engineered to help in the battle against germs and grime - the muck you can see is easy enough, but many vehicles now have antimicrobial coatings...
What to do if your car runs out of MoT?
If it runs out after 30 March 2020, six months' MoT will be added automatically, effective for 12 months. So if it runs out on 10 April, six months will be added automatically, making your new MoT expiry date 10 October 2020. You can check when your tax and MoT are due online here.
Is your warranty still valid if you're late for a service?
Although most manufacturers are saying different things, the basic answer is yes. Most are simply extending their warranties by a month, and saying as long as a service was booked and you've kept your miles down, if you're late for a service the warranty is still honoured.
Keeping your car clean and yourself safe
If you're sharing a car during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's absolutely essential you keep it clean inside and out, so as not to spread the virus. We show you how.
When to travel and how to stay safe
If you're not a key worker, then you should really only be driving when absolutely necessary – so, driving to the shops or for medicine is okay, otherwise try and walk instead. Having said that, if you are driving, try and drive at the time you're least likely to meet any other traffic.
What if my car breaks down during a journey?
Both the RAC and AA have confirmed that breakdown services are still operating, but they will be prioritising key workers when it comes to responding to calls.
Car sharing: who can I give lifts to?
The government line is that you should always try to travel alone, only making exceptions for people in your households.
Can you declare your vehicle off-road and not pay road tax?
Yes, if it is actually parked off the road. You just need to register it for SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) with the DVLA. This means you won't pay tax while it's declared off-road. You can do this by following this link to the DVLA website.
What to do if you can't make your finance payments
Always talk to your finance provider in plenty of time, and state what your difficulties are. Most offer payment holidays, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.
What to do if you're leaving your vehicle parked for weeks?
The best advice is to over-pressure your tyres, clean it thoroughly inside and out and if you can, leave the battery on a trickle charger to keep it topped up. Going back to start it up on a weekly basis and not running it up to temperature will actually do more harm than good.
Buying and selling your car without leaving home
Yes, this is possible, and we have links above to car manufacturers who offer online buying and selling, as well as a full guide to how to lease a new car online, too...
Finally, you can get in touch about anything else you need to know.