COVID-19 and your car: Can you get a car repair during a Shelter-in-Place Order?

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April 4, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation and community quarantine at this point is the only way to protect ourselves from Coronavirus. As the number of cases continues to increase worldwide, countless areas have ordered nonessential businesses to close. In this state of confusion and fear, many car owners and drivers are asking if they could still get an essential repair for their cars.

By government mandate, facilities that maintain and repair vehicles are considered essential services even during the coronavirus pandemic. Some facilities may decide to run on shorter hours or skeleton staff even close temporarily so it’s important to call your repair shop to know their schedules.

Generally, all repair facilities are open during the lockdown since these sectors are identified as “critical infrastructure” by the Department of Homeland Security. Automotive repair and maintenance facilities will remain open as an essential business.

Whether you decide to put off repairs or take your car in, it is vital that you take necessary precautions to protect yourself and maintain social distancing.

At the same time, rest assured that car repair and maintenance facilities like Quality Tune-Up shops are taking every precaution possible to ensure customer’s safety as well as the safety of the staff. They are implementing strict sanitation rules to limit any possible exposure to COVID-19 by thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing their workspaces and limiting unnecessary contact. These facilities are strictly enforcing that employees wash their hands throughout the day and are telling people to stay home if they feel unwell.

While you’re there please take note of these steps to prevent COVID-19:

  • Schedule your appointment during the time when the business is least busy
  • Always maintain social distancing, either you remain in the car or stand outdoors to avoid proximity to others
  • Upon receiving your car back, make sure to disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door handles, keys and interior surfaces.

Most importantly, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your face. If you’re feeling sick, please stay home – it could save lives.

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