Car showrooms reopen for sales, repairs and service today. What has changed? How will the stringent new regulations affect you if you're thinking of buying?
To find out I visited a major dealership as if I were a potential customer. Windsor Belgard, in Dublin, opened specially for the Irish Independent.
On arrival, I'm warmly greeted by staff who say they're delighted to have "something to do" on a Saturday morning.
I sanitise my hands; staff keep plenty of distance as I ask about the procedure.
It quickly becomes clear that if I were a real customer I would not be turning up "cold" like this. I'd have covered most of the process of buying remotely through face-to-face video chats, phone calls, emails, etc. There are many digital avenues now. A lot of money has been spent on them.
Most likely I would have finance sorted and a good idea of what my trade-in was worth. They will take a closer look at that now I'm here; I may already have videoed it for them.
Even before the virus hit, 80pc of deals would have been done on that broad basis. There is a lot of online activity; queries come in at all hours - even 4am.
There's a nice low-key atmosphere, a sense of being prepared, a calmness. But, I ask, who will buy a car at a time like this? There is a feeling among my hosts that, despite all, there will be a good level of demand; one trend they anticipate is people buying a car rather than using public transport.
We assume I have my eyes on a new Nissan X-Trail SUV. I head over and sit in. This is the one thing you can't do remotely; you need to see if a car "fits" you.
My vehicle has been sanitised by a special in-car, large toaster-like unit. The car has been sealed - a yellow strip across door and pillar testifies to that. Nobody has been in it since. I break the seal and sit in. The steering wheel is covered with protective material, as is the gear knob, seats and all areas I am likely to touch.
I ask questions, show my ignorance. Brendan Kelly, dealership manager, keeps his distance but explains in detail. Also helping are Sean McBrien, chief operating officer Windsor Group and Brian Quinn, head of marketing.
Not once did I feel uncomfortable, in the slightest danger of the two-metre rule being breached or any sense of being exposed to danger. Ordinarily I'd take the car for a test drive - for a full day if I liked. The X-trail fits me nicely so I move to the sales desk.
Mr Kelly awaits on the other side of a large perspex screen to work out final details.
If I need a bit of privacy to consult with family, or whoever, there is a special room nearby.
In a real-deal scenario, one of the staff would have taken a closer look at my trade-in while fully dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE). He would then have sanitised the car so I'd be safe to drive it home: it takes 22 minutes.
We "agree" a deal. I can sign in the showroom or digitally at home if needs be. They will even tax it for me and get my reg-plate number for insurance. It's super smooth; no hassle.
They will deliver the car to me if I wish and take away my trade-in.
The time has flown. I haven't felt a moment's concern. I had been a bit apprehensive earlier.
As I see it, the secret of this brave new car-buying world is two-fold: having much of the deal done before turning up and seeing the tangible reassurance of protection when you do.
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