Remunerator News

Aug 24 2020

What You Can and Can’t Do with Your Novated Lease in Lock-Down

What you can and can't do with your novated lease in lock-down

Driving in 2020 is very different to what we’re used to. COVID-19 restrictions have caused a lot of confusion among drivers.

As new driving restrictions and regulations are put in place, some are faced with being unable to drive at all.

The advice and guidelines provided by Remunerator should not be treated as legal advice, if you need advice or clarification please contact your relevant state government information sources.

NSW: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

VIC: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

QLD: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

SA: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

WA: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus

ACT: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

NT: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/

TAS: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Where can I drive:

Most states allow you to drive anywhere with the exception of Victoria with Metro Melbourne’s restrictions.

NSW

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

VIC

Metro Melbourne:

Until Sept 28, residents must stay at home and are only permitted to drive up to 5kms from their home for only four reasons: permitted work/study, medical care, caregiving or food/necessary supplies.

No driving is allowed between curfew hours 8pm – 5am, exclusions include emergencies, you are permitted for work, or if there is an essential health, care or safety reason.

Residents can drive to collect takeaway food if it’s within a 5km radius of their home.

Regional VIC:

“If you live in an area where Stage 3 restrictions apply then you can go for a drive but you should not leave your vehicle except for these reasons: shopping for necessary goods or services, care, caregiving or compassionate reasons, and work or study.”                         

QLD

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

SA

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

WA

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

ACT

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

NT

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

TAS

Residents can drive anywhere within the state.

Can I Buy a Car?

Yes, you can still buy a car – even in lockdown! Remunerator have released an article detailing how to buy a car contactlessly during COVID-19, read it here. https://news.remunerator.com.au/remunerator-torque/2020/07/remunerator-contactless-car-delivery-helps-you-buy-your-new-car-safely/

NSW

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

VIC

Yes! Melbourne residents are still permitted to buy cars, however as dealerships are closed it is not in a conventional sense. Car buying can be conducted via the phone or online. Remunerator have worked with our partner dealers to ensure contactless delivery is available.

Car dealerships and showrooms are still open in regional Victoria and residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

QLD

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

SA

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

WA

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

ACT

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

NT

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

TAS

Yes! Car dealerships and showrooms are open, residents are permitted to visit these and purchase vehicles.

Can I get my car serviced and perform maintenance?

Car maintenance can still be performed on vehicles, even in lockdown.

NSW
Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

VIC

Service departments and centres in Metropolitan Melbourne can remain open.

The VACC has advised that “Logbook servicing, tyre and windscreen replacement, body repairs, and other safety-related work can be conducted by dealerships, aftermarket repairers, and body repair shops.”

The VACC has also stated that motorists can travel outside the 5km radius if their vehicle requires a specialist and/or brand-specific workplace in order to complete repairs.

 In Regional Victoria, car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

QLD

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

SA

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

WA

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

ACT

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

NT

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

TAS

Car dealerships, repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open, residents are permitted to visit these and have their car serviced.

Are you ready to buy your new car? Contact Remunerator today to secure your new car. Ask our leasing experts about how we’re making car-buying safe and simple during COVID-19. Call us on 1800 501 703, email us at novated@remunerator.com.au or contact us via live chat here on our website!