Beat the Rush Get Your MOT Booked

Mr Clutch mechanic servicing a car tyre on an MOT ramp in a garage

As life starts to slowly get into the new normal, it’s easy to forget basic things that were part of our usual routines. Halts on bill payments are being lifted, rent and mortgage holidays have come to an end, and the government exemption for MOTs ended on August first. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get back on the ball and book your MOT. Why? Well, it’s about to get very busy indeed. 

Why Should You Book Your MOT Now?

The DVSA released an MOT warning to let vehicle owners know that demand for MOTs is likely to hit 200% this autumn. That’s a massive amount and sure to leave garages fully booked quickly. 

While August is expected to be a quieter month (perfect for getting in now), bookings are expected to surge throughout September and October, with both November and December being unseasonably busy. There’s nothing worse than not being able to get your car in for an MOT, so now is the time to book so that you can avoid disappointment. 

Why Is This Important?

You might be thinking that it doesn’t matter too much if you have to squeeze your vehicle in for an MOT, but what if it fails and needs repairs after? What if you need to book it in for both an MOT and a service?

The truth is if garages are booked to capacity you are going to find it a lot harder to get repairs done before you can get your vehicle retested. This means more waiting for you, and more stress on your local garage. 

Additionally, you may find that you end up paying more for your MOT due to increased demand – something that can be avoided if you book in advance. 

What if Your MOT isn’t Quite Due Yet?

Even if your MOT isn’t due until October (one of the predicted busy periods) you can still get it done early. It just means that the renewal date for next year will be changed according to the one you chose this year. MOTs are surprisingly flexible, and it makes sense to get it done early so that you can avoid the rush this year, and for years to come.

Generally speaking, if you want to keep your usual renewal date you can have you MOT done one month (minus one day) in advance. This means that if your MOT runs out on 2 August, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 3 July. However, if your vehicle has already benefitted from the government MOT exemption, this does not apply this year. Please make sure you check the DVSA website for the full details. 

Booking with Us

It’s easy to book your MOT with us, just head to our website and make an appointment with your local testing centre. We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, and booking your MOT in advance means that you can avoid further stress for yourself, but also for our hardworking and dedicated staff. We look forward to seeing you all soon!