Autumn will see high demand for MOT tests. Book now to Beat the Rush
It’s time to ‘Beat the Rush’ if your MOT test is due between September and December this year. This update has important information to keep you and your car safely on the road.
According to the DVSA, twice as many motorists as usual will need MOT tests this autumn, many as a result of the six-month MOT test exemption between 30th March and 1st August 2020.
Government data tells us that the peak demand will be in October and November, however September and December will also be busier than usual.
What does that mean for you?
Autumn is usually the peak time for MOT tests, and this year will be busier than ever. As a result, just as the cold, wet weather starts to set in, you may face delays in getting your MOT test, and any necessary repairs done before your current MOT test certificate expires.
What should I do?
The best advice is, book sooner rather than later.
It may be tempting to wait until a couple of days before your current MOT test expires to book your next test, but that could leave you high and dry. Instead, book to have your MOT test done as soon as possible.
You can have your MOT test done up to one month (minus one day) before your current MOT test expires without ‘losing’ that month.
For example, if your expiry date is 30th September 2020, you can actually renew it from 31st August 2020 onwards. Your renewal date will remain 30th September 2021.
Three advantages of booking early
It’s not unusual for people to leave booking an MOT test as long as possible, but there are advantages to having it done earlier.
1.The sooner you book, the more likely you are to get an appointment at a convenient time for you.
2.Cadnam Garage has a small fleet of courtesy cars which can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Booking in plenty of time will improve the chance of one being available for you.
3.If your car needs repairs, we typically have a contingency to accommodate additional work in order to pass the MOT test.
Useful MOT test information
Driving without a valid MOT test certificate could leave you facing a fine of £1000, insurance not being valid as well as uncertainty as to whether your car is safe to be on the road. If you’re not sure when your MOT test is due or would like to register for free reminders, you can do so using the following links:
Check your MOT test history https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status
Get your free MOT test reminder https://www.gov.uk/mot-reminder