Apr 17 2020
How To Maintain Your Novated Lease During COVID-19
All drivers should take serious precautions during the COVID-19 emergency. We have published advice on how to keep your novated lease hygienic here. You may be left wondering what to do in other situations outside of the car such as refuelling, flat tyres, break downs and new car purchases.
At the fuel station
It’s important to keep your car topped up right now, low fuel prices right now help with this. This ensures that you’re prepared for an emergency should one arise.
Precautions are essential at the pump currently. Limit the amount of time touching the pump, wear plastic gloves when handling the pump and inside the service centre building then dispose of these before re-entering your vehicle. If you do not have gloves available, wash your hands as soon as possible and/or apply hand sanitiser.
While at the service station, check the levels of oil and coolant and air pressure in tyres.
Flat Tyre/Roadside Assistance
Change the tyre yourself if you can.
If you are not able to replace the tyre, call for help/roadside assistance. Roadside assistance is still available, however response teams like the RACV have different procedures in place due to COVID-19.
Practice social distancing when the help arrives. Ensure that you are prepared when help arrives, this involves having your membership card ready, have gloves and sanitiser available. If your car needs to be towed, remove everything you need from the car to minimise the work required inside the car for the response team.
Purchasing a Car
Dealerships are still open, and cars are still available for purchase.
They will have their own precautionary measures and procedures in place, and it is important for you to follow these while also practicing your own. Social distancing is essential within the dealership. Wear plastic gloves when touching the cars and touching controls inside them. Wipe down the car if you plan on taking a test drive.
Should I Use Public Transport?
Avoid buses, trams and trains if possible. Minimise your use of taxis and ride-sharing companies.
If you must take public transport take precautionary measures such as wearing gloves, wipe down seats/handles/poles and practice social distancing. Wash your hands and sanitise as soon as possible afterwards.