All you need to know about arranging your car’s MOT and service post lockdown

PUBLISHED: 16:48 09 June 2020 | UPDATED: 18:07 09 June 2020

Make sure your car is ready to return to the road after lockdown and safe for you to drive. Picture: Getty Images

Make sure your car is ready to return to the road after lockdown and safe for you to drive. Picture: Getty Images

Archant

If you delayed booking your car’s MOT or service during lockdown, now is the time to contact your local garage.

An unused car may have a flat battery or need an oil change. Picture: Getty ImagesAn unused car may have a flat battery or need an oil change. Picture: Getty Images

Kevin Wiseman from Perkins Garages in Braintree explains everything you need to know about arranging the checks your car needs as lockdown lifts.

Q: Will my car need an MOT if it ran out before government legislation came in?

A car technician will do a thorough inspection of the engine, inflate your tyres and top up your transmission fluid. Picture: Getty ImagesA car technician will do a thorough inspection of the engine, inflate your tyres and top up your transmission fluid. Picture: Getty Images

During lockdown the government placed a moratorium on MOT tests and car services. They allowed a six-month extension on due MOTs and 3 months on cars due for servicing.

If your car was due for its service back in March, we’re now approaching the deadline of the extension. You need to get in touch with your local garage to get it booked in as soon as possible.

If your car’s MOT ran out before the Government suspended testing it needs to be tested before being used on the road again. Without an up to date MOT you could be fined if there’s an issue with your car or you could lose your warranty. This may affect the value of your car and prevent your warranty from covering any repairs or maintenance your car needs.

Q: Is it safe to visit MOT centres and garages?

We resumed regular business hours on June 1 though we’re currently offering car servicing and MOTs by appointment only. Call or email us to book a time.

We’re doing all we can to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. We’ve put protective screens in place and set up sanitising stations.

We’re limiting contact made with your car. Only one technician will work on it when you bring it in. They’re equipped with full PPE and we’ll clean and sanitise your car before we return it to you.

Q: Will my car need servicing after lockdown?

Though you might not have driven much over the last two months, it’s important to check that your car is safe to drive.

Unused vehicles may have a flat battery, fuel that’s evaporated and low-pressure tyres. Each of these things will affect your car’s performance and safety when you come to use it again.

Booking your car in for service will help give you peace of mind. We’ll run all the necessary checks to ensure your car is safe for you and your family to use.

We’ll do a thorough inspection of the engine, inflate your tyres and top up your transmission fluid. We’ll perform an oil change if it’s needed, check the exhaust and filter system and look over your windscreen and wipers.

It’s important to make sure there are no tears on your wiper blades as this will prevent them from cleaning your windscreen correctly and impair your vision when driving.

You should have these things checked before booking your MOT to prevent your car from failing.

Q: When is it best to book my MOT or service?

As soon as you can. We’re already busy with requests from people that have had to delay their MOTs or services during the lockdown. You don’t want to leave it too late.

If you have any questions or are unsure about how the recent legislation changes affect you, give us a call. We’re here to help.

We’re a local, family-run firm that’s known many of our customers for a long time. They come back to us year after year for their MOT test, services and general car maintenance and repairs.

We provide a personal, friendly service for a reasonable price and want to do all we can to help families during these challenging times. Taking care of your car can mean you have one less thing to worry about.

Visit perkinsgarages.co.uk for a full list of our services.

Call us on 01376 550899 to book your car’s next MOT and service or email service@perkinsgarages.co.uk.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Dunmow Broadcast. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Dunmow Broadcast