What services are available during the national lockdown?
On January 4th 2021, the Government announced a new set of national rules aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in light of the new strain. These new measures include a nationwide lockdown across England that will replace the Tier system until mid-February; this means that all Pentagon Motor Group dealerships will be operating in line with how they would have operated in the previous highest local Tier (Tier 4 restrictions).
As such; all of our aftersales departments will be open and available to you as they are classified as essential service. This means that you can still book a service, MOT or repair as you would in any other Tier. Pentagon Motor Group remains here to keep you on the road.
Our sales teams will remain virtually open to help you with contactless video demonstrations of any vehicle you are interested in and Click & Collect or Nationwide Delivery remain an option so you are still able to purchase your next vehicle. All of our used cars are available with a 14-day money back guarantee so you can buy with confidence and know there is no risk of you not loving the car you pick.
Are all (Sales, Service, MOT, Parts and Bodyshop) departments open?
Yes. As of December 31st 2020 all of our aftersales departments are open, operating with COVID-barrier measures to ensure that sites are safe for our customers and employees.
Do you offer nationwide delivery and Click & Collect?
Yes. Our new & used car and van showrooms will remain open for Click & Collect and are able to offer sales functionality remotely. We are able to offer remote product demonstrations to show you around the vehicles and answer your questions through live video calls, telephone calls, live chat or through emails. Vehicle handovers can be done in a contactless manner to ensure safety for all involved, this can either be done outside at one of our dealerships or delivery to your home address can be arranged.
Do I need to wear a face covering when I visit your site?
From Friday July 24th it is mandatory for customers visiting any Pentagon sales, aftersales or parts department to wear a face covering. Under the latest government guidelines, Pentagon business locations are included within the category of ‘Shops and Branches’ and as such any customer looking to enter the premises must wear a face covering, arriving at the site for a pre-booked appointment without this in place may result in you being turned away and being asked to reschedule your appointment in the interest of safety for our staff and other customers.
Am I Exempt from wearing a face covering?
Some customers may be exempt from wearing a face covering if they meet certain conditions defined by the government. You may not need to wear a face covering if one of these conditions are met;
- You are a child under the age of 11
- You are unable to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability
- Putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- You are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
- Not wearing a mask would somehow avoid harm or injury to yourself or others
- You are seeking to avoid injury or to escape a risk of harm and you do not have a face covering with you
- You are eating or drinking, but only if you need to
- You are in the process of taking medication
- A police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering
You may also be permitted to remove a face covering when asked in certain scenarios such as;
- You are asked to do so by staff for the purpose of age or ID verification
- If speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication
What happens if I do not wear a face covering?
The wearing of a face covering is a legal requirement and therefore not doing so when you do not meet the criteria above could lead to you being refused entry to a Pentagon business. The police also have the power to enforce these measures, including through issuing a fine of up to £100.
What is considered an adequate face covering?
In the context of COVID-19 a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. The face covering can be reusable or single-use. An adequate face covering should ideally include at least 2-3 layers of fabric. Face coverings are not classified as PPE, which is used in a limited number of settings to protect wearers against hazards and risks, such as surgical masks or respirators. Face coverings are largely intended to protect others rather than the wearer against the spread of infection by preventing the main confirmed sources of virus transmission, i.e. droplets from coughs, sneezes and speaking.
If I’m wearing a face covering can I avoid your other COVID-19 measures?
Because face coverings are mainly intended to protect others rather than the wearer, they are not a replacement for social distancing and the other measures we have taken to ensure our sites are COVID-secure. Face coverings are one part of our risk reduction strategy and do not replace any of the other measures we have put in place such as the use of screens and regular hand sanitisation.
What does 'COVID-19 Secure Site' mean?
To ensure the safety and peace of mind of every visitor to our site, we have the completed the government’s 'COVID-19 Secure Site' assessment. All of our locations are now marked as a 'COVID-19 Secure Site' and have confirmed that they have complied with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To be deemed as COVID-19 Secure the site has confirmed that each of the 'Five Steps to Safer Working Together' statements below are true for their departments.
- We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assesment and shared the results with the people who work here
- We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
- We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk
For more details on the measures taken by Pentagon Motor Group, you can read the Pentagon COVID-19 Barrier Protocols here.
Will my booked appointment go ahead?
As of June 1st 2020, the UK government will allow car dealerships to reopen to customers so prebooked appointments can go ahead. In the interest of safety for both our staff and customers Pentagon have put in place a number of barrier protocols including ensuring social distancing is followed on site. We apologise if this affects your experience with us but it is important our business is safe for all. We will continue to offer contactless product demonstrations for those wishing to purchase remotely; this is done live rather than as a prerecorded video so that you can engage with the specialists, asking questions or requesting closer views of part of the vehicle etc.
Can you deliver a car to me?
Working within Government guidelines and advice, Pentagon Motor Group is now offering a nationwide contactless delivery service (UK Mainland only). We will safely deliver your vehicle directly to your home or a pre-arranged location via transporter or a driver utilising gloves and seat covers. Customers will then be offered a socially distanced inspection period, prior to a sanitised key and document handover.
How can I get in touch with you during the Coronavirus pandemic?
We have temporarily closed all of our physical dealerships in response to the Coronavirus pandemic however; we still have colleagues working remotely available to help you. You can contact us using the enquiry form here, emailing us, calling us on 0333 222 0424 or by using the live chat/text function on our website which can be found in the bottom right corner of the screen on a desktop/laptop PC or at the bottom of the screen on a mobile device.
What should I do if my finance is due to end soon?
Customers who are nearing the end of their PCP, Contract Hire, or Lease contract may need to organise a new vehicle. Please contact us and we will offer advice on what you need to do next and the options available to you.
What should I do if my vehicle’s MOT is due during the UK lockdown?
The Driver and vehicles Standards Agency announced measures to extend MOTs that are due after 30 March 2020. The due date for the MOT has been extended by 6 months; drivers do not have to do anything to request the extension as it has been applied automatically. The changes have been put in place to make sure that essential vehicle maintenance is available for key workers.
I’m a key worker and need maintenance on my vehicle, what should I do?
We are able to provide appropriate service and repair support for key workers and vulnerable persons who rely on their vehicle. If you require maintenance or repairs for you vehicle you can either call us on 0333 222 0424, email us, use the enquiry form on our website here or use the live chat/text function on our website to get in touch with one of our colleagues who will advise further.
What should I do if I have ordered a car already?
Pentagon have worked within government guidlines to develop a contactless vehicle delivery option. This invloves delivering the vehicle to your home or pre-arranged delivery location using a transporter or driver using personal protection equipment (PPE) including seat covers and gloves. No items will be physcially handed over to the customer but will instead be an agreed drop-off point so social distancing can be followed; custromers are then given a socially distanced inspection period. Drivers will wash their hands frequently and will be carrying hand sanitizer at all times.
What should I do if I am not able to make my car payments during the Coronavirus pandemic?
The contact teams from finance providers will have been trained to help customers facing financial difficulties. If you contact your finance provider and explain your circumstances they should look at alternative ways to support you.
I am a key worker and need to visit my nearest Pentagon, what are you doing to ensure the site is safe?
Should you need to visit a Pentagon location you can be assured that all best practice hygiene guidelines are being observed in accordance with the latest government and World Health Organisation advice. Staff levels on site have been kept to a minimum and social distancing practices are being followed. High contact surfaces such as door handles are being sanitised frequently, staff members are washing their hands frequently (including after exchanging any keys) and we will aim to make sure your time on site is as short as feasibly possible.
Why is it taking longer than usual for you to get back to me?
We are currently operating with reduced staff levels to allow our staff to maintain social distancing as much as possible which may lead to a longer delay in communication than we would ideally like at busy times. The sites are also involved with performing maintenance and repairs on emergency service fleet vehicles which in some cases may need to be treated as priority work, if this will impact you are teams will keep you up to date.
Is your business really essential?
Pentagon is currently focused on helping ensure that emergency services like the NHS and police can continue to run their fleets by performing maintenance and repair work. We help to keep distribution networks active which keeps food stores stocked and wemake sure that keyworkers are able to stay on the road to get to their jobs. Many people rely on their vehicle for essential travel to stores or pharmacies so it is essential that people are not left stranded if there is an issue with their mode of transport.
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