Did you know the temporary Government MOT extension ended on 1st August?
As a result of the recent coronavirus outbreak and national lockdown, cars, vans and motorcycles with MOTs that were due to expire between 30 March and 31 July 2020 were given an automatic extension of six months.
With the extension period now closed we are anticipating an upsurge in demand for appointments. Below we have summarised the topics of the temporary MOT extension, what it means for drivers, and what actions need to be taken if your car, van or motorcycle is due for its MOT in the coming weeks.
What is the MOT extension period?
The temporary MOT extension applies to all cars, vans and motorcycles with MOTs that were due to expire between 30 March and 31 July 2020.
If your vehicle meets the criteria above, then your current MOT certificate will have been automatically extended for six months from around seven days before your certificate was due to originally expire.
When is the MOT extension period due to end?
Vehicles with MOTs that were due to expire between 30 March and 31 July 2020 fall within the MOT grace period and will have had their MOT expiry dates automatically extended by six months.
If your vehicle’s MOT expired on or after 1 August 2020, then the MOT grace period will be non-applicable and you won’t be covered. As a result you will in fact need to book an MOT before your current certificate expires.
Why should I book my MOT now?
As the grace period closed on 31 July 2020, it is likely that there will be an increase in drivers looking to book their MOTs and we’re anticipating significantly high demand for MOT appointment slots.
As MOT’s are essential in ensuring that your car is kept roadworthy it is advised to get ahead of the game and have an appointment booked for when you need it, don’t delay and book your vehicle in for an MOT at your earliest convenience.
We would recommend that every driver gets their MOT at the time that it’s due, regardless of whether you qualify for the MOT extension or not.
What are the benefits of getting an MOT and service at the same time?
Booking in for an MOT and service together could save you both time and money.
During a service, our vehicle technicians will restore or replace any parts and essential fluids that usually keep your car on the move, considerably reducing your chances of breaking down or suffering problems on the road.
It is recommended that a service on your car should be carried out annually. With this up-your car will be kept running better for longer and will maintain a full service history, helping you obtain the best price possible if you do decide to sell or part-exchange your vehicle.
Combining both the MOT and service will ensure your that all essential checks and measures will have been taken to make sure that your car is roadworthy and is to the safest possible standard.
Is it safe for me to bring my car for an MOT or service?
Yes. Both the safety of our owners and our colleagues remains our top priority and we have enhanced measures to help with your safe movement to ensure your experience continues to be an enjoyable one. These include the use of PPE, safe distancing, reduced staffing levels, enhanced cleaning regimes and the use of seat covers and steering wheel covers.
Stay safe and stay smart by keeping your car in a roadworthy condition. Remember that driving a road vehicle that is deemed is considered an offence that does incur fines and penalty points on your licence.
You can book an MOT online here today for complete peace of mind.