Don’t forget your MOT

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government announced an automatic six-month extension to any MOTs due between 30 March and 31 July 2020, but since 1 August 2020, MOT tests have needed to be completed as normal.

Despite the current UK lockdown, servicing departments remain open for essential maintenance and repairs, including MOTs, but they are likely to be busier than usual as they continue to operate with social distancing measures in place. So, if your MOT is fast approaching, it is 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 is MOT 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 MOT was extended, (ie. It was originally due between 30 March and 31 July 2020), your MOT should now have been completed. However, if you have not yet had this completed, please contact the dealer to arrange this.
  • 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 as part of your regular vehicle service
  • 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 shielding or 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

While dealership showrooms across the UK have had to close temporarily, servicing departments can remain open. Please speak directly to your dealership to understand how they are operating within the current COVID-19 restrictions and what you will need to do on the day of the test.  

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