Are You Ready For The End Of The MOT Extension?

During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government granted many drivers extensions to their MOT certificates to help keep people at home and slow the spread of the virus.

However, the six-month extension to MOT certificates is due to expire on 1 August, and the RAC has reminded drivers that it’s essential they book their vehicles in for their annual inspection sooner rather than later.

The motoring organisation surveyed the garages in its network and found that 93 per cent of them expect demand for MOTs to increase from October, when the first vehicles that were granted extensions need to be tested.

Adam O’Neill, head of motoring services at the RAC, said that this is the “ideal time” to book your vehicle in for its MOT an annual service because “many garages have yet to see demand return to pre-lockdown levels”.

However, he added that if drivers take full advantage of the six-month extension and wait until October to book their cars in, they will “be trying to arrange MOTs at the same time as hundreds of thousands of others”.

This means it could also be a good time to have more substantial work carried out on your vehicle, such as Land Rover engine rebuilds, before garages get too busy.

Of course, the other reason to get your MOT sorted sooner rather than later is safety. Motors.co.uk recently shared research carried out by BookMyGarage.com, which estimates that as many as one in ten vehicles that were granted an extension to their road safety certificate could in fact have a dangerous defect and therefore be unroadworthy.

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