BMW PH reopens dealerships, implements new safety protocols

Welcome to the new normal
by Drei Laurel | May 19, 2020

Want to buy a brand-new car in the Philippines? You’re going to have to deal with new safety protocols—whether you’re buying a mass-market offering from a Japanese manufacturer or a more premium brand like, say, BMW.

SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the German carmaker’s official local distributor, has announced that it is implementing a handful of new safety measures at dealerships to combat COVID-19. Looking to own a Bimmer? You’ll need to comply with the following:

  1. A single entry and exit point will be designated at BMW dealerships.
  2. Guests are required to wear face masks at all times.
  3. Guests must wash their hands at a provided wash basin and utilize the footbath for disinfection.
  4. Guests must undergo a temperature check upon entry.
  5. All guests must fill out a simple health questionnaire for contact tracing purposes.
  6. Serving of coffee and snacks are suspended, but bottled water may be requested.
  7. Test-drive opportunities remain available. Every vehicle is properly disinfected before and after use.
  8. Expect dealership personnel to implement social distancing and the wearing of face masks and face shields with every interaction.
  9. Frequently touched surfaces in each facility are sanitized every two hours.
  10. Vehicle maintenance and warranty work must be scheduled via the official BMW Philippines Aftersales Portal.
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“We enjoin everyone, from our own personnel to our valued guests, to do our part.” SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. president Spencer Yu said in a statement. “In doing so, we can help bring the country a step closer to healing.”

BMW dealerships in the Philippines have been open as early as May 16, 2020, the first day of modified enhanced community quarantine. Will you be dropping by?

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