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Responsible bike buying and selling with Auto Trader

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As we look ahead to the upcoming phases of lockdown, many people are starting to think about how they’ll get around when they can.

With people being more cautious about using public transport, or wondering how they’ll get to work in areas like London, where city planning is looking to become more accommodating to pedestrians and bikes, we’ve noticed an increase in public interest for bikes and electric scooters on our site.

The easing of restrictions in England (the rest of the UK is still adhering to full lockdown restrictions) means those looking at a bike or electric scooter can go ahead with their plans to buy and arrange home delivery or customer collection from retailers that are ready to offer these services.

Showrooms will remain closed until the government announces they are allowed to do so (although car dealerships in Englands are allowed to open from 1st June, so bike dealerships may open then too).
Contact-free options for responsible bike buying and selling
To make it easier for you to arrange and make your purchase safely from home, we’ve introduced new features to Auto Trader ads that will help you buy or sell a bike whilst keeping the amount of physical contact to a minimum.

These features are highlighted on the ads themselves and show the ways retailers are helping keep you safe, observe social distancing, and keep bike buying easy during the lockdown.
COVID-19 safety measures
Dealers can highlight the measures they’re taking to keep you safe and healthy throughout the buying process on their Auto Trader adverts.

Measures may include:

• Operating by appointment only (you can make an appointment on Auto Trader, just use the email, call or chat buttons on the ad).
• Click and collect services, allowing you to stay safe while picking up the bike yourself
• Adhering to two metres social distancing on forecourts.
• Complete sanitisation of vehicles.
• Using staff personal protection equipment (PPE), sneeze screens and other health and safety measures.
• Making PPE and hand sanitisers available to customers.

Look out for the COVID-19 safety measures icon, to see what they can do for you.
Home delivery
If you’re concerned about visiting a forecourt at this time (showrooms are currently closed), then you can arrange collection and delivery services from and to a customer’s address. Both are currently permitted within the government guidelines, for sales and aftersales.

The home delivery icon will show you if a bike retailer is currently offering this service.

You can also contact the retailer through the advert to find out how they’re adhering to government guidelines on social distancing, hygiene and sanitisation.
Live video viewing
The live video viewing icon on bike advert will show you whether this service is available from your chosen retailer.

Live video viewing can be arranged directly and should give you to time ask any questions while you have a virtual walk-around.
We’re introducing these feature across Auto Trader – including cars, vans, motorhomes and caravans – to make sure you can stay confident throughout the site.
How you can stay safe
We encourage everyone to follow NHS advice and Government guidelines. These include:

• Stay at home as much as possible
• Limit your contact with other people
• Stay at least two metres (six feet) away from others if you do go out
• Continue to wash your hands regularly.
Finding your next bike
If you’re just starting to look, have a look through our bike reviews and guides for recommendations - they should help you find the one that’s right for you and your needs.

If you haven’t already, check out the Auto Trader app – it’s a great way to see what’s on the market near you and shortlist your favourites by saving them.