As predicted back in March, as show organisers continue to confirm shows for summer 2021 and as the UK comes out of Covid restrictions, we have seen a serge of orders, as everyone rushes to ready pride and joys, for a well overdue show season and a bit of freedom.
It’s not unusual for lead times (across our standard product ranges) to be upwards of 6 weeks this time of year (the 8 week period before & after Easter is always our busiest time of the year), but with the additional serge of “excitable post Covid” orders, lead times are currently around 8 weeks (for orders we are working on this week).
This will gradually drop over the coming months back to around 4 to 6 weeks (which is relatively normal) and we believe that current lead times (if you are looking to place an order today) are around 5 to 7 weeks (8 to 10 weeks on Cobra seats). Also just to let you know, first available start dates for anything bespoke are now into July.
Whilst I’m sending this update out, it’s also best to point out that if you need to contact us at the moment, email is by far the easiest and best option. It’s all hands on deck in the workshops (when possible for me) and I’m also busy prepping for a very different post-Covid world at the moment - this means I’m not sat at my desk as much as usual and I’m often unavailable to answer the phone.
With regards to “a post-Covid world”, it’s been great welcoming visitors back to Optimise HQ of late and although all appointments have taken place outside of the premises (in line with current government guidelines), it’s been lovely discussing projects face-to-face (or perhaps mask-to-mask is a more appropriate description).
Moving forward, it’s not long now until we are able to welcome visitors back inside, when the latest government guidelines are again relaxed from Monday May 17th. We’ve made a number of changes to our “show room area” that will vastly improve your experience when you visit us here at Optimise HQ and we can’t wait to welcome you back inside.
It’s time for a change here at Optimise and it’s time to let our beautiful VW T5.1 show van go to pastures new. As many of you already know, it’s an absolutely stunning van, inside, out and mechanically (under 30k on the clock).
For further details, please see the AutoTrader advert: LINK
Have a great day.
Andy & the Optimise Automotive team