Auto is open

24 April 2020

We’re here to keep Australia moving

Australia’s leaders – the Federal and State governments, medical experts and emergency services personnel working on the front line – are doing an amazing job battling the Coronavirus situation. And while it’s incredibly difficult for all of us at the moment, I fully back the decisions of those in charge.

But there is one thing that’s causing confusion and concern for motorists and business owners that I want to clear up, and that is the ambiguous information being provided about what people can and cannot do out in the community.

At the moment we’re told we can go out for four main reasons only: To buy the things we need; for exercise; to give and receive care; and to go to school and work if we need to. That’s sound advice that has saved lives.

But I want to focus in on the first point. A lot of people are telling me that they think their local automotive business has had to close because it’s not an essential service.

That’s just plain wrong.

With the exception of public vehicle auctions (online is okay), the entire automotive industry is open for business. So if you need to buy a car, motorcycle, truck or tractor; if you want your car serviced or your crash-damaged vehicle repaired; if you need tyres repaired or replaced, a new battery or a cracked windscreen fixed, then you can.

I am going to say this loud and clear - auto is open for business. 

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 24 April 2020.

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