The coronavirus pandemic is a worrying time for us all. To help put your mind at ease as a vehicle owner, we have put together a guide on what to do if your MOT expires during this crisis. The 6-month exemption for MOT testing has been introduced so that our communities can focus on the essential services needed to battle the outbreak. Find out more information on this new extension, with further advice on what you need to take an MOT and what can fail an MOT.
The government have said that from 30th March 2020, cars, vans and motorcycles that require an MOT will have their testing period extended for 6 months. Insurance will remain valid, and vehicle records will be updated to reflect the 6 month certificate extension.
To ensure the safety of yourself and others, vehicles must still be in a roadworthy condition when being driven, and so garages will remain open for repair work that is considered essential. The Department of Transport is continuously working to make sure garages that remain open have safety precautions in place, and those that are self-isolating will not be unfairly impacted due to circumstances that are out of your control.
We understand that in a period of crisis, safety must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The extension of MOT certificates has been put in place to protect workers and drivers alike, whilst still allowing key workers to carry on with essential travel.
Drivers of unsafe vehicles can still be prosecuted, so it is your responsibility to ensure your car is safe to drive without any significant problems that could impact your driving or safety on the roads. Our Poole and Christchurch Honda dealerships have emergency contact numbers that you can use for urgent mechanical assistance.
If you are unsure what to check before an MOT, or what to take to an MOT appointment, here are easy steps you can take to make sure you are prepared:
For your MOT appointment, bring along your Vehicle Registration Document, vehicle logbook and any appointment letter or confirmation.
Most vehicles that receive faults on MOTs are from parts that can be checked beforehand. Don’t forget to carry out a routine check on the items listed above, as well as windscreen wipers, horn and tyre conditions. These are some typical reasons what can fail an MOT:
If you have already purchased a vehicle from our Honda dealership, or have an appointment to take a look at either our new cars or used Honda cars, our sales department will contact you. For other assistance that is considered urgent, please contact our emergency sales numbers for more information.