I test drove a dealer used car last week; liked it & paid token money. Waited for Finance to go through, got the confirmation earlier this week that it had and was told that car will be ready for pick-up by 13th of July. Meanwhile, there's a lockdown now in VIC. Planning to call the dealership tomorrow to check whether they will continue to remain open. I presume they will because from what I recollect, most were open during the last lockdown as well.
One aspect worth mentioning is that the dealership is a good 80kms from my place (it's a dealer used car; and I didn't find this good a deal anywhere close-by.)
So question is, is it essential travel?
I would consider the car an essential because there's a baby on the way and we need a bigger car. But will I get an opportunity to explain all this, if stopped & asked? I have the invoice which clearly shows the date I entered into contract and the expected collection date.
Alternatively, I guess I can request the dealership to have the car transported to my place. But I am not really comfortable with that because I would like to ensure that all RWC documents, service logs, spare keys etc. have been handed over to me before I make my balance payment (the non-loan portion). In short, would prefer to collect in person.
Would appreciate comments and feedback from anyone who went through this during the last lock-down/facing a similar scenario/in the know-how of how this works.