The car market sinks in April: registrations almost zero
From May 4 Phase 2 of the Covid-19 emergency starts in Italy, which also foresees the reopening of the activities of the automotive sector therefore also the regular conduct of both the dealers who carry out wholesale sales and those who carry out retail sales. It is almost 157,700 businesses on the national territory ready to leave.
AutoScout24 , the main site in Europe for car and motorbike announcements, involved the Morpurgo e Associati Law Firm, specialized in labor law and safety at work, to give answers to the most frequently asked questions and be at the side of its dealers and users.
Can private citizens or not go to the dealership to buy and / or test a car? If yes, only within the region?
According to the interpretation, yes, as for other commercial activities (newsagents, tobacconists, etc.) it will be possible to visit the dealerships, provided within the limits of the shortest route, only in your region, with self-certification and keeping the distance of at least 1 meter among the people.
Can dealers deliver the cars to the customer? Or organize car tests at home?
In both cases, yes, there are no explicit prohibitions. On the basis of the current provisions, there is no explicit prohibition on delivering the cars to the customer’s home, even for test drives there is no ban on home tests. It is therefore to be considered that these are permitted activities (naturally in full compliance with current health legislation).
Can dealers deliver the car with a car transporter within the region? And outside the region?
Yes, both in the region and outside the region because the transport of goods is considered a job requirement. The car delivery activity was authorized with the Prime Ministerial Decree of 10 April 2020 where, in the list of authorized activities, there is the ATECO 49 code referring to “land transport and transport by pipelines”, which includes the ATECO code 49.41.00 refers to the «transport of goods by road» and in whose description of activity the «transport of cars» is also present. The transport of goods is considered a working requirement, and therefore, goods can also enter and leave outside the region.
Can changes of ownership be made and registered?
Yes, changes of ownership are allowed. The Cura Italia decree established the extension to 31 October 2020 of the validity of the replacement receipt of the registration certificate issued by the car registration agencies on the occasion of a transfer of ownership.