Coronavirus – Updates For Car Owners

Ensure Your Car Is Safe & Roadworthy

Due to the 6-month MOT extensions, there will be 1.5 million dangerous cars on the road. However, if you’re still using your car for essential travel, you must ensure it is in a safe and roadworthy condition. Watch the video below to see how to do these checks.

There are some checks which you cannot perform yourself such as the brake condition, suspension and battery. You would need to take your car to a garage, where they have specialist ramps, to get these items checked. If you are unsure about the condition of any of these, we recommend booking a safety check, which is offered FREE for NHS and key workers, when booked online.


From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. There’s separate guidance about what to do if your MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020.

IMPORTANT: If your MOT is due BEFORE March 30th, the expiry date will not be extended. Please read the governments advice if your MOT is due before March 30th and you or someone you live with is ill.

What does this mean for you?
If your vehicle’s MOT expiry date is on or after 30th March 2020, you will automatically be given a 6 month extension. You do not need to do anything, but it is important that in the meantime your vehicle is kept safe to drive.

Example: If your MOT due date was on 20th April 2020, it has now changed to 20th October 2020 and you will need to get your MOT by this date.

Despite the 6-month extension, MOTs can still be carried out.
It has been confirmed that MOTs and routine servicing can still go ahead during this 6 month exemption period.

We would encourage all key workers and motorists using their cars for essential travel at the moment, who are not sure how safe their vehicle is, to book their car in for an MOT and/or service. Most garages are now also offering ZERO contact collect and return option for further peace of mind.

Check your vehicle is safe to drive.
You’re responsible for making sure your vehicle is always safe to drive (roadworthy). If you can’t get your car booked in for an MOT but still need to use it, we recommend checking it over yourself to avoid a fine. We have put together a tutorial video showing the steps you can take.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.



Boris Johnson has announced that everyone in the UK must stay at home & only go out for essential reasons (food, medicine, key workers going to work). After 3 weeks, on April 13th, the government will re-review.

But what does this mean for your car & do the MOT rules still apply?
All except essential businesses have been told to close. Along with supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations, garages are permitted to stay open. Some have temporarily closed but many are still open and operating as usual.

The government has suspended MOTs for all HGVs (heavy goods vehicles) but as it currently stands, your car must have a valid MOT in order to stay road legal. Driving your car after its MOT has expired may result in a £1K fine and your insurance will not be valid.

A quote from an official: “I appreciate this is a difficult time for the whole country, at this moment in time there is no exemption or extension from MOT testing, and no contingency plan in place.

“If your vehicle MOT expires whilst you are in isolation, then you are only able to drive the vehicle directly to/from a pre-booked MOT test after midnight on the date of expiry of the current certificate. After that time the vehicle must not be kept on a public road until it is re-tested and taxed etc.” (source)

How can you find which garages are still open?
Even during this lockdown period, many people still need to use their cars, for example driving to the shops, many people have to leave their cars on public roads and key workers still need to drive to work. In these instances, it is vital that your MOT does not expire.

Enter your post code and number plate into BookMyGarage and you will see the availability of the garages in your local area. This includes both independents and franchise dealerships.

Staying at home for 12 weeks & don’t need your car? What should you do if your MOT expires while self-isolating?
If your MOT expires while you are stuck at home, you have 2 options:

Find a garage which offers ZERO contact collect & return with MOT bookings. When the mechanic arrives to collect your car, you can place your keys through the letterbox, or in a safe place. Mechanics will wear gloves and where possible they will use steering wheel, seat and floor covers. Watch the below video for more info.

SORN your car and store it on your driveway or in a garage. If you have to leave your car on the road, advice from Honest John suggests asking someone you trust to store your car off-road for you. You should keep the car insured so that it can be driven to your pre-booked MOT appointment after you have stopped isolating.

If choosing option 2, you should be 100% sure that you will not need to use your car for ANYTHING during this time (ideally your household has another car that you can use for getting to the shops).

Contact-Free Collect & Deliver

We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it unfolds. In light of the recent developments, as BookMyGarage, we will be staying open and will be implementing some additional changes to our service to help ensure your safety.

We have 100% of our teams fully operational and have updated our systems to facilitate ZERO contact collection & delivery for a service AND for when an MOT is booked on its own.

When you enter your post code and number plate into BookMyGarage, you will be able to compare instant prices from local garages, along with a clear label as to whether they offer this contact-free collection & delivery option.

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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.