Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Despite ECQ, These NCR+ Dealerships are Open


Several NCR+ based auto dealerships have re-opened with a skeletal workforce despite the on-going Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ. This is based, they said, on the newest directives issued by the DTI.

To recall, the DTI has allowed “establishments engaged in repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment (including those engaged in the repair of computers and household fixtures and equipment” to operate under ECQ Season 2. However, several dealers have said that the directives have been expanded, giving them the go-signal to operate (we have yet to get a copy of the memo).

Going back to the original ECQ, it specifically disallowed both the “wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles” and “repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles (including vulcanizing shops, battery repair shops, auto repair shops, car wash).”

At the time, a dealership association pleaded with the DTI, only to be shot down in the process during ECQ Season 1.

Regardless, for those whose vehicles are needing repairs, here are some confirmed dealerships that are open, albeit only strictly accepting customers on a by-appointment basis. Remember that the current season of ECQ runs until 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 11. This list will be updated:
  • Ford Alabang
  • Honda Cars Baliuag
  • Honda Cars Bulacan
  • Kia Acropolis 
  • Kia Alabang – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Kia BGC – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Kia Mandaluyong  – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Kia Fairview 
  • Kia Makati
  • Kia Mandaluyong 
  • Kia Manila Bay
  • Kia Marikina
  • Kia New Manila
  • Kia Pasig
  • Kia San Pablo
  • Kia Santa Rosa
  • Kia Carmona 
  • Kia Dasmarinas
  • Kia Cainta
  • Kia Baliuag
  • Maxus Alabang
  • Maxus Mandaluyong
  • Maxus Quezon Avenue – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Mazda Makati
  • Subaru C5
  • Subaru Greenhills
  • Subaru Manila Bay
  • Suzuki Commonwealth
  • Suzuki Fairview
  • Suzuki Pasig
  • Suzuki Quezon Avenue
  • Suzuki Marikina
  • Suzuki Dasmarinas
  • Suzuki Malolos
  • Suzuki Pulilan
  • Suzuki Taytay
  • Toyota Manila Bay
  • Toyota Marikina
  • Volkswagen BGC – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Volkswagen Quezon Avenue – for essential businesses and frontliners only
  • Volvo Cars Makati
Our suggestion is that if you can forego going out, please do so. With the government looking to move NCR+ to the less stringent MECQ by April 12, dealerships will once again be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Perhaps that is a better time to bring your car in for its routine check or PMS.

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