As a result of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, widespread stay-at-home orders have been issued that have mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses during this time. Fortunately, auto services and repairs are considered essential through COVID-19. You can and should get your car serviced during COVID-19 in order to keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers and passengers on the road safe. However, there are certain precautions you should take to protect yourself while getting your car serviced during this time. If you’re unsure of how to protect yourself and others at the car dealership or your local auto service center, keep reading to learn 5 ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect yourself while your car is serviced during COVID-19.

1. Keep Your Distance

Whenever you are outside of your home, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet—preferably more—between yourself and any person in your immediate vicinity.

Vehicle Service Department Still Open During COVID-19

Vehicle Service Department Still Open During COVID-19

As a response to social distancing guidelines, your local car dealership or auto service center should have markers in place to keep customers distanced from one another. However, it is always a good idea to stay aware of yourself and your surroundings and work to actively maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and others at all times.

2. Wear a Facial Covering

Wearing a facial covering helps you avoid spreading and catching the novel coronavirus. Always wear a facial covering when you are outside of your home through COVID-19. 

A mask is the preferred facial covering. However, masks are in very short supply during this time. If you can’t get your hands on a mask, tie a scarf, bandana, or even a shirt around your face to keep your nose and mouth covered while out in public.

3. Don’t Wait Around

Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19 is all about reducing your exposure to other people in order to decrease your chances of catching the virus and spreading it to other people yourself. 

In any case, it is best to avoid waiting around at the car dealership or auto service center when you take your car in to get serviced. If at all possible, ask a member of your household to pick you up from your local auto service center as soon as you drop off your car for service and drive you back when it’s time to pick up your car. This prevents you from having to remain in close proximity to other people while you wait for your car to get serviced. 

If you absolutely have to wait for your vehicle on-site at the service center, consider steering clear of the waiting room and waiting outside where there are fewer people and more free air circulation—and therefore a lower chance of viral spread than in a small, contained area like a waiting room.

4. Disinfect Your Vehicle

Hopefully, the auto technicians who handle your car while servicing it take all necessary precautions to prevent spreading the coronavirus. However, it is still a good idea to thoroughly disinfect your vehicle when you bring it home from the car dealership or local auto service center. 

At the very least, use disinfectant wipes to wipe down the most-handled surfaces in your car—including its interior and exterior door handles, steering wheel, window controls, center console buttons, etc.

5. Wash Your Hands (And Face)

“Wash your hands frequently” is all anyone has been hearing over the past month as the spread of COVID-19 has ramped up and people have been encouraged to take all possible measures to protect themselves and others from this virus. Of course, it is important to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when you get home from anywhere you go—including when you get home after getting your car serviced. 

However, it is also important to wash your face when you return home after being in a public place. The novel coronavirus spreads via droplets of mucus and saliva that enter your eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus can live on your skin long enough to spread from person to person, so it is important to wash your face frequently to clear the areas near your eyes, nose, and mouth of any viral particles that might be hiding there. 

It is okay to get your car serviced through COVID-19. Just keep these precautions in mind and do your part to keep yourself and others safe while out in public during this time.