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Return of Mandatory MOT’s

The blog this week is about the return of mandatory MOTs following concern that there are a lot of unsafe cars on the nation's roads. The Government has confirmed that mandatory MOTs are to be reintroduced for British motorists from 1 August 2020.

At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Transport announced that it was extending the MOT expiry dates for all cars by a period of six months. There were plenty in the automotive industry who thought that the 6 month extension was not a good idea including us. There are now 5+ million cars on our roads that have not had their annual MOT and this figure will increase as these were the cars that should have had their MOT in April and May. There will be those from June and July to add to the tally. So why did we think it was a bad idea to extend the MOT date? This was because for some car owners it is the only time that their car goes into a garage – once a year. Some car owners have an annual service along with an MOT – possibly at the same time – and some who do not even have their cars serviced. We, as a business stayed open from the beginning of lockdown as an essential business and were pleased to see responsible car owners still booking in their vehicles for their normal scheduled MOT. As they were using their cars they thought it the responsible thing to do. A good job too – as we have seen some very dangerous issues over the last 3 months such as bald tyres and broken coil springs – a result of under inflated tyres and the vast number of pot holes on our roads today. Please be mindful that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your Volvo or Toyota is roadworthy – if it is not and you are stopped by the police you face a fine of up to £2500. If you have an accident your insurance may be invalidated. So our advice to you is if your MOT is due normally and you are using your vehicle then do the sensible thing and book it in for its MOT as normal.

So in conclusion - If you had an MOT due date between March and 1 August, you still enjoy a six-month extension on your MOT if you wish to take advantage of it. Therefore if your MOT was originally going to run out at the start of July, it now won’t expire until the start of 2021. However, if your vehicle has an MOT expiry date after 1 August, then you will need to take your vehicle in for its test as usual. Please be mindful that you could struggle to get an MOT slot in the months that there will now be double the normal amount of MOT’s that need to be carried out – October onwards!!

We, as normal and throughout the whole pandemic are still continuing to operate a free pick-up and drop-off MOT service. This way you can get your MOT carried out without needing to leave your home or interact with anyone in person. This also applies to service and repair customers. We are also operating under a strict appointment basis along with no waiting in reception in order to protect you, our customer, along with protecting our staff. Happy safe motoring folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020,  we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.