The health and welfare of our staff and customers is our absolute top priority, which is why we have introduced Smiths STAY SAFE. This is a set of guidelines designed to keep both our staff and customers safe from COVID-19 while still providing the same high levels of customer service that we pride ourselves on.
As always, you will receive a warm welcome when you visit one of our dealerships. However, to help us manage the number of people inside our buildings we are asking all customers to only visit us if they have made an appointment to do so - This applies to all departments. Not only will this help maintain social distancing as required by the Government, it will also reduce the amount of time you will need to spending waiting.
You can make an appointment by visiting the contact us page on our website, selecting your dealership of choice, and then completing the online form or contacting us by phone.
In line with current Government advice, we are asking all customers and staff to remain at least 2-metres apart from each other wherever possible. To help you with this we have placed markings on the the floors showing this safe distance, any test drives will be unaccompanied.
We ask that no more than two people per household enter our buildings to reduce the total number of individuals inside at any one time. Children must remain close to their parent or guardian at all times.
For the ultimate social distancing, our sales departments are able to offer online video or telephone consultations so you don't need to visit the showroom if you don't wish to do so.
Cleaning regimes have been increased, with surfaces being cleaned down regularly throughout the day and items used by multiple people (for example credit card machines) being cleaned after each use.
We fit protective coverings to the seats, steering wheels, and gear lever of your vehicle while it's with us, and the main touch-points will be cleaned with a sanitising product before you collect it for added peace-of-mind.
The main touch-points of showroom display vehicles, used vehicle, courtesy vehicles, and demonstrators will be cleaned with a sanitising product between customers.
Our staff have been provided with guidance on the safest way to carry out their job roles, as well as being reminded they must strictly adhere to advice on self-isolation if required.
You will find that the way we do things is a little different when you visit us. We ask that you follow the information provided to you on signage and by our staff to help keep everyone safe.
Our processes are reviewed regularly to ensure they are following the latest Government advice. A copy of the COVID-19 Risk Assessment & Process Document that we have provided to our staff can be downloaded here.
Yes, our service departments are open as normal; offering scheduled servicing, warranty and other mechanical repairs, and MOT testing.
However, we are currently experiencing higher than normal demand for our services and we therefore recommend booking any work you require as early as possible.
Having your vehicle serviced in-line with the manufacturer's schedule is very important to keep it running well. Each of our manufacturers has different guidelines for servicing during the outbreak. If you are unable to have your vehicle serviced, or are concerned about visiting us, we recommend contacting our service teams who will be able to offer guidance on what this would mean for your warranty and discuss ways we may be able to assist.
If your vehicle was due an MOT Test on or before 29th March 2020 you MUST have this carried out in order for it to be road legal and your insurance to remain valid. Please contact our service teams in these instances.
Where the MOT expires on or after 30th March 2020, The Government is currently automatically extending the validity of the current MOT certificate for 6 months and you will not need to have an MOT test carried out.
However, The Government has made clear that it remains your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy - You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving, and get three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. You may decide the easiest way to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive is to have an MOT carried out when it was originally due.
More details about the extension can be found on the Government website.
If you have a warning light showing or have a safety concern regarding the vehicle, you should stop using the vehicle immediately and contact your roadside assistance provider. The vehicle will then be recovered to us if required and we will attempt to repair it as normal.
Roadside Assistance Contact Numbers
Dacia: 0800 051 2251
Hyundai: 0800 980 2733
Nissan: 0330 123 1231
Renault: 0800 085 8005
Vauxhall: 0800 55 33 88
If you vehicle is out of warranty and/or no longer covered by manufacturer roadside assistance, the RAC are able to offer a kerbside membership package or "pay-on-use" service giving immediate cover and support. (Please note: charges will apply).
We have a limited supply and these are available on a first-come-first-served basis. If it is not essential that you have a courtesy vehicle, please consider not booking one so it is available for others, such as key workers or vulnerable individuals.
Our showrooms will open on Monday 1st June 2020 as per Government guidelines, and you cannot visit us to view a vehicle or take a test drive until then, but in the meantime, our sales departments are available, either online or over the telephone.
We are able to arrange online video consultations, send you bespoke videos of the vehicle you are looking to buy, and all of our new and used car stock can be viewed on our website and reserved online for £99 with safe click and collect or home delivery options available.