Don’t forget your MOT

The first MOTs from the Government’s six-month extension will be due from 30 September and there is likely to be a surge in test bookings.  If your MOT was extended why not beat the rush and book your MOT now? Don’t forget that your vehicle’s MOT is included as part of your worry-free lease. Read more here.


The Government announced a six-month extension for MOTs due between 30 March and 31 July 2020 to help keep motorists mobile during the Coronavirus pandemic. The first of these extended MOTs will be due from 30 September 2020

It is likely that MOT centres will be very busy in the forthcoming months because vehicles that were given an extension and those that would normally be due their MOT will both need to be tested. As such, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are encouraging motorists to bring their MOT forward if it’s due in September, October or November 2020, to help beat the expected rush for tests.

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. So, if your MOT is fast approaching why not beat the rush and book it in now? Contact your dealer who will be able to book your vehicle in for an appointment.

When is your MOT test due?

In most parts of the UK, vehicles over three years old need to be tested each year.

  • 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 your dealer will contact you when this is due, but you don’t need to wait and can contact your dealer to get this booked in sooner, ahead of the expected increase in demand from 1 October 2020.
  • 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.

If you’re unsure as to whether your MOT is due then you can check if your vehicle is taxed on the Government’s website, please click here to check, please note that if your MOT was extended then you can book one in as soon as you like in order to beat the rush.

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 has useful, up-to-date information on getting an MOT while shielding, or self-isolating, please click here to see more.

Please note, if you are due to hand back your car, the MOT will need to be completed before your lease ends.

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