Beat the rush – Get your MOT done this August

  • There will be twice as many drivers needing an MOT this autumn (due to the MOT extensions between March 31st and July 31st). 
  • MOT slots are filling up fast and as demand increases, many garages are having to increase their prices and stop offering discounts when booked with a service. 
  • Make sure you book your MOT early to lock in your price and avoid missing out on available slots at your preferred local garage. 
  • If you miss your MOT expiry date due to not being able to find a garage with availability, you will face fines, penalty points and your insurance could be invalidated.
  • We recommend booking your MOT for August as if your car fails, you may struggle to.

The government offered an MOT extension to all car drivers whose MOT was due from March 31st to July 31st, to help those who were in isolation due to the pandemic. Although lots of drivers still went ahead with their MOT in June, the DVSA have revealed that more than 5 million drivers skipped their MOT in April and May. This is an extra 5 million MOTs that are now due in October and NovemberSo in autumn, garages are going to be much busier than normal, and MOT slots are filling up fast.  

The government are also urging anyone whose MOT is due in October or November to have their MOT done in August to beat the rush. We have noticed some garages already having to increase their prices in response to increased demand. If you leave it until last minute, can’t find a garage with available slots and miss your expiry date, you will face a fine, penalty points and your insurance could be invalidated 

Mandy Weston

Mandy Weston

Mandy is an ex-mechanic, with 22 years’ experience in the motor industry. As an in-house motoring expert, Mandy is the go-to woman for any relevant questions that our customers have; both garages and drivers. From specific problems with your car to general maintenance, Mandy is a reliable source of information and advice. Her passion for motoring is a huge factor to her success and the huge wealth of knowledge that she has. She now uses her remarkable grasp of the industry to write regular content for our readers to help drivers understand their car better, avoid being ripped off by garages and save money on their motoring requirements.