MOT hol­i­day

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Dealer’s Diary -

The news of the Gov­ern­ment an­nounc­ing a MOT hol­i­day dur­ing the pan­demic was a prag­matic move. It gave peo­ple breath­ing space to fo­cus on more im­por­tant is­sues at that time. But tak­ing a MOT hol­i­day wasn’t a manda­tory in­struc­tion; MOT sta­tions and work­shops could legally stay open, and many in­tended to. Sadly, you give mo­torists mar­gins and they use them up.

We had one el­derly cus­tomer, who re­mained fully ac­tive dur­ing the lock­down and who was in­sist­ing on hav­ing his car MOT’D as per usual be­cause he was still reg­u­larly us­ing it. We ad­vised him that the op­tion was there to self-iso­late and take ad­van­tage of the ex­ten­sion (he was con­cerned about tax­ing it), but at the same time, we’d gladly col­lect and MOT his car. And so it was agreed.

Then, the day be­fore the ap­point­ment, he can­celled. He’d worked out that we wouldn’t be is­su­ing an 18-month MOT. And that it was not eco­nom­i­cally sen­si­ble to spend £40 on a 12-month MOT now when in Oc­to­ber he could spend £40 and get a 12-month MOT then. He pointed out to me that it was a waste of £20.

Given the cur­rent cli­mate, you couldn’t re­ally ar­gue against it, other than to say, come Oc­to­ber, MOT sta­tions will be chock-ablock and will be for years to come. Good luck get­ting a timely re­pair if your car hap­pens to fail.

The other thing I pointed out, par­tic­u­larly to this cus­tomer, was that his car was 15 years old. An MOT is a safety in­spec­tion. If he has an ac­ci­dent and the car is found to be un­safe, that £20 could be­come the best money he’d ever spent. I’d not want to be the per­son

Come Oc­to­ber, MOT sta­tions will be chock-a-block and will be for years to come...

to test the le­git­i­macy of bump­ing a car with a MOT hol­i­day on it.

Sadly, it didn’t sway him. At this point, the MOT sta­tion tem­po­rar­ily closed and fur­loughed a tester be­cause de­mand fell away. The trade con­tin­ued to send a hand­ful of cars through and I sent two of my own – they got more at­ten­tion than a baby. Get­ting them tested the same time next year will now be a breeze.

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