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Green light granted for car dealerships

As of Monday 11 May, car showrooms (but also motorcycles and motorhomes) will once again be able to welcome customers. Priority is left to the safety of buyers and sellers.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

As of Monday 11 May, car showrooms (but also motorcycles and motorhomes) will once again be able to welcome customers. Priority is left to the safety of buyers and sellers.

“Even road tests will be possible!” It is an understatement to say that at Fedamo we are smiling with the approach of lifting the containment. From May 11, in fact, the 160 Luxembourg garages that are members of the Federation of Automobile Distributors and Mobility and all of the concessions can start again. Not only the repair or change of tires as in recent weeks, but all the activity. Sale of new or used vehicles included, mentions Franck Lentz, adviser to the federation. “It would be more beneficial to get things done.”

Suffice to say that the news is putting a balm among the staff of this area of ​​activity which weighs heavily, in Luxembourg. There are still almost 5,000 jobs in place here. Already that the year had started timidly (-19% in the first quarter), that the Autofestival 2020 had not necessarily been the best vintage, now the covid-19 has brutally stalled sales. Evidenced by the number of registrations which, from January to April last passed 4,300 plates issued to … 1,200.


Lokales, Autofestival 2020, Volvo, Foto: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort

While in Germany, the concessions were able to restart from April 20, no date is advanced in the Grand Duchy. Some representatives of the corporation are starting to get impatient.


At a time when the recovery is in gear, the sector has set itself a goal: regain customer confidence. “And that goes through the security offered in our dealerships,” assures Frank Lentz. This is why Fedamo sent each of its members recommendations for a restart, respecting not only government rules but also to reassure buyers who will open the door to garages shortly.

Reminder of the two meters of distance, wearing a mask of rigor (as in all shops) but also fitting plastic protections to increase on seats, steering wheel or gear stick knob: these are the main lines. It is only at the cost of respecting these details that the automobile market will rebound. “Even if you can’t expect to break the 2019 sales record, with more than 55,000 cars put into circulation. ”

And what about outdoor testing of favorite models, then? Of course we will have to be careful. We can perfectly imagine a staggered system with the customer in the driver’s seat and the salesperson in the rear passenger side, we were told by Fedamo. After all, if two people are allowed to ride in the front of the same van for the construction industry, there is no reason why it should not be the same in the interior of a sedan.


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