Amid the spread of COVID-19, many drivers across the United States have a stay at home order in place. Countless areas have ordered nonessential businesses, from restaurants to retail shops, to close business to combat the spread of this disease.
With numerous businesses having to temporarily close their doors, the number of drivers on the road has dramatically decreased. Although we are spending less time in our cars, some of us may be needing to get our cars serviced. With the shelter-in-place order, many drivers are wondering if they can still get essential repairs done for their cars.
How to get your car serviced during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this unprecedented time with services closing their doors temporarily that have been deemed non-essential, it’s hard to know which places you can go.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Can I still get my car serviced during this time?” the short answer is yes. Auto repair businesses have been deemed an essential service by the government. Particularly, service centers and garages can perform repair and servicing work on cars while social distancing is in effect.
With that in mind, let’s dive into some specifics on how to get your car maintenance taking care of safely during this latest pandemic.
If you are looking to get your car serviced during the ongoing pandemic, your first step is to call and check the car maintenance shop that you have in mind ahead of time to see what their availability is, as well as what their safety protocol is for appointment times, prior to arrival.
If you are planning to get your car serviced, here are a few suggested steps amid the pandemic to keep you safe:
- Ask when the business is least busy to schedule your appointment time. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to keep the number of people in one public space to a minimum.
- When scheduling your appointment, it’s best to ask and agree with the service team on safety protocols when interacting with their staff during your appointment time.
- Once you have your call back scheduled, it’s best to wipe down car handles, keys, and interior surfaces with a disinfectant that has been approved by the EFA to combat further spread of COVID-19.
- Before you head out to your appointment, don’t forget to bring a mask and/or gloves to further protect yourself.
- When you arrive, be sure to practice social distancing whenever possible. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for people to stand at least 6 feet apart from others, while in a public setting.
- When you are at your appointment, remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly throughout the process.
- If on the day of the appointment you are feeling ill in any way, please do your diligence to keep others safe by rescheduling your appointment for a later date.
- If you are in a higher risk group, such as being over the age of 70, pregnant, or suffering from a pre-existing medical condition, ask a family member or friend who you trust to take your car in for you.
The bottom line.
We hope this helps ease your anxiety when it comes to getting your car serviced during this difficult time in our history. As always, we wish you and your loved ones good health, and now more than ever, to play it safe.