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Brits should book MOTs early, as data suggests a 41 per cent spike in renewals


 

BRITS should look to book MOTs early in the next four months, to ensure certificates don’t expire without being renewed.

That’s because of a huge forecasted increase in expired certificates due to the government’s MOT extension policy.

Booking your MOT early will help avoid issues

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Booking your MOT early will help avoid issuesCredit: Alamy

Millions of motorists had their MOTs extended for six months from March, to avoid visits to garages amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

The result is that MOTs originally due for renewal between March 31 and July 31 are now either due or soon to be due for renewal – adding to already existing demand.

Earlier this year, to help lessen the transmission of COVID-19, the UK government extended 9.2 million MOT certificates for vehicles in the UK. 

The step made it so vehicles with renewals due between March 31 and July 31, 2020 automatically had certificates extended for six months. 

Garages could see a 41 per cent spike in MOT tests

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Garages could see a 41 per cent spike in MOT testsCredit: Alamy

As a result, data from car repair website Who Can Fix My Car.com suggests expiring MOTs between October 2020 and January 2021 are now 41 per cent higher than normal, with 3.6 million extra tests due.  

That could mean more MOT certificates become expired, as the surge in demand to book an MOT impacts test availability. 

Any car with an MOT renewal due between the March 31 and July 31 automatically received an extension from the government earlier this year. 

So a car originally due its MOT on April 13, would have needed to have it renewed this month, on October 13. 

MOTs due for renewal after July 31 were to be renewed as normal, but the MOT extension was granted to vehicles for four whole months.

Added to existing demand, the four month backlog means garages will now see greater demand until the end of January 2021. 

To avoid an expired MOT certificate, the best advice is to try to book an MOT test early.

You can get a new MOT certificate up to a month, minus a day, before your current certificate expires – so sorting a booking out as soon as possible could help motorists avoid issues.

A four month backlog of MOT tests is adding to demand

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A four month backlog of MOT tests is adding to demandCredit: Alamy

But while booking early could help ensure your MOT is completed in time, Brits might need to look beyond regularly used garages or companies because of demand. 

Check first with your regular garage to see if they have availability and try to book early to avoid delay.

If there isn’t any availability, Who Can Fix My Car.com suggests getting quotes before booking with alternative trusted garages local to you.

That could help to ensure you get your MOT renewed without the stress of an expired certificate.

  • Book an MOT with Who Can Fix My Car.com – here

Can you drive to an MOT without an MOT?

Yes. Without an MOT it is legal drive to a pre-booked MOT appointment – but if stopped by the police you will need to show proof of an appointment. 

According to Police.uk, you can also drive, “to or from a pre-arranged repair appointment to have defects remedied that were discovered on a previous test.”

Not having a valid MOT may impact your insurance though, so you should make sure. 





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