With the UK back in lockdown as a result of rising UK COVID cases, businesses and workplaces are shutting down once more in a bid to control the virus. Among the businesses set to shut up shop for at least a month are those found in hospitality, travel and other non-essential services.
But where do garages and other vehicle servicing and parts providers fall into this? As was the case with the first nationwide lockdown, garages are classed as essential services so will remain open for the duration.
However, there will be added measures this time around and different advice that will need to be given to those looking to book an MOT or vehicle service in during the UK’s second lockdown.
Fixing your car during lockdown 2
For those who are looking to fix or replace vehicle parts online during lockdown in preparation for their MOT, it’s never been easier to buy tyres online. It’s not only tyres than can be purchased either. Indeed, if you are a competent mechanic you could get all the parts you need delivered directly to your door. You can also book remote car servicing and specific part checks through companies like Protyre.
So, there’s no excuse to go into your MOT with faulty equipment. Indeed, just because we’re in lockdown (again) that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our cars. In fact, the joy of a Sunday drive is one of the few things they haven’t been able to take away from us!
MOT servicing during the second lockdown
MOT test centres have been confirmed to remain open during the second lockdown but with many still dealing with backlogs that built up during the first lockdown, we’d strongly recommend booking in early this time if yours is due.
This is especially true given that, whilst the government granted six-month extensions for MOTs to make up for their garages that had chosen to close, it’s unlikely to happen this time. This is largely because garages are expected to stay open, with the second lockdown seemingly less severe than the first and the fact that many garages have been able to integrate COVID safety into their every-day routines.
Figures from the DVSA show that only 2.1 million MOTs were carried out in April and May 2020, compared with 7.1 million over the same period in 2019. If you own one of the millions of cars that qualified for an MOT extension and you want to get a new MOT before that extension expires, your best bet is to act now.
Also, be aware that if you want to keep your annual renewal date, you must get an MOT booked up to a month before your current one runs out.