September is usually a busy month when it comes to arranging an MOT, but this month is shaping up to even busier than usual.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Government announced an automatic six-month extension to any MOTs due between March and July and this led to a surge in bookings towards the end of last year.
This has had a knock-on effect for 2021, where it is expected that demand for MOTs will again increase in September and October. So, if your MOT is fast approaching, it’s well worth contacting your dealer sooner rather than later to make an appointment.
Don’t forget that for Motability Scheme customers the cost of your vehicle’s MOT is included as part of your worry-free lease package, and if your dealer is unable to complete your MOT for any reason, you can also contact Kwik Fit and make an appointment at one of their centres
When is your MOT test due?
In most parts of the UK, vehicles over three years old need to be tested each year. If you’re unsure as to whether your MOT is due, you can check this on the Government’s website and set up an email or text reminder if you would find this useful.
- Your managing dealer should contact you to book your MOT test towards the end of your lease, but if this has not happened, please contact your dealer as soon as possible.
- If your car is on a standard three-year lease, it will need an MOT test certificate before you can hand it back, approximately two months before the end of your lease
- If you are interested in lease extending your vehicle, you will still need an MOT completed within the last two months of your original end date
- If you have a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) where the lease is longer than three years, you will need an MOT test when it is three years old. Following this, your WAV will require an MOT test every 12 months
- Vehicles in Northern Ireland do not require an MOT test until they are four years old
- Vehicles registered in the Isle of Man do not need an MOT test at all.
Please inform your dealer if you are concerned about anything regarding your vehicle. Once the MOT test is completed, your dealer will keep the certificate.
What if my MOT expires?
If you do not complete your MOT before it expires, you will legally only be able to drive your vehicle to a pre-booked MOT appointment to have the test completed.
The MOT is both a legal requirement and forms part of your Motability Scheme lease agreement, so it is important that this is carried out in plenty of time before it expires to ensure that your mobility is not affected.
What if I’m self-isolating?
If you are self-isolating you should book the MOT for after the period of self-isolation is over or ask a named driver to take the vehicle to be tested. Please click here to view more information on named drivers.
The Government’s website also has useful, up-to-date information on getting an MOT while self-isolating.
Please note, if you are due to hand back your car, the MOT will need to be completed before your lease ends.
Visiting a dealership
Although the rules around social distancing and face coverings have changed in some parts of the UK, dealers’ priorities continue to be making customers feel safe and secure. Please let the dealer know of any specific measures they can take to make you feel more confident and comfortable during your visit.