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Do you know when your car’s MOT is due? The rules changed during lockdown but now they have changed again. So read on to find the latest information from Logbook Loans about your next MOT.
The lockdown MOT extension
During lockdown, the government introduced extensions to some MOT dates. At that stage, if your car was due for its MOT any time after 30th March 2020, its due date would be extended by 6 months. You can read more information in our previous article Look after your car during Covid-19.
However, with the easing of lockdown restrictions, that extension has now been amended. The current situation is as follows:
- For MOTs due between 30th March and 30th July 2020, the date will be extended for 6 months.
- For MOTs due on or after 1st August 2020, there will be no extension. You need to book an MOT.
When and where can I get an MOT done?
You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. So for example if your MOT runs out on 1st September, the earliest you can get an MOT – and keep the same renewal date for next year – is 31st July.
Most main dealers and local garages offer MOTs, and service centres such as Kwikfit and Halfords do MOTs, which can be booked online. Many councils also have MOT test centres for their own vehicles, such as buses or vans, and these are also open to the general public. Check your local council website to see if there are any near you.
How can I make sure my car passes its MOT?
If you have been maintaining your car well, and are not aware of any major problems, then there is no reason why it should not pass its MOT. Some people like to combine an MOT with an annual service, to make sure that the car is in the best condition it can be. Check out our article Does my car really need a service? to see if this is something that could work for you.
But even if you don’t want to do this, it’s a good idea to do a few basic checks beforehand, to make sure you are not going to fail on something simple. We would recommend that you take time to ensure that:
- number plates are clean
- windscreen is not chipped and that wipers are fully functioning
- no lightbulbs are broken
- tyres are correct pressures and have plenty of tread
- fluids are all topped up
- doors, windows and mirrors are fully operational
- seatbelts all work properly
- there are no apparent problems with exhaust, steering or braking.
We hope that the above information helps you to understand when your MOT is due, where to get an MOT and how to give your car the best chance of passing.
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