Can I still get a service and MOT for my car during the second lockdown?

Jack Evans, PA Motoring Reporter
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New measures set to come into play in England from 00:01 on Thursday again change the way we go about our daily lives in order to reduce the effect of Covid-19. It includes the closure of non-essential retail and asks people to stay at home whenever possible.

But what does it mean when it comes to car servicing and maintenance? We’ve got some of the answers.

My MOT is due after the lockdown measures come into play, can I still get it done?

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Servicing departments have introduced strict cleaning measures

The good news is that yes, even after lockdown measures come into force, MOT testing centres are allowed to stay open. It means that if you rely on your vehicle to get around and it needs an MOT, then you’ll still be able to get your car booked in and tested.

It comes at the same time as the MOT extension from the previous lockdown ends, so ensure that you leave plenty of time to book your car in before the MOT expires as many garages are experiencing increased demand.

Are servicing departments of dealerships staying open too?

Going off what happened in the previous lockdown, it seems certain that the servicing department of car dealerships will stay open, despite the dealership itself being closed.

It means that if your car is due a service, you should still be able to book it in at your nearest dealer. Call ahead beforehand, however, and double-check that this is still the case with the dealer you’re using. As dealerships are being forced to close, it could be that many choose to shut their doors during the lockdown period entirely – including those for the servicing department.

Should I put off getting my car serviced and MOT’d?

Absolutely not. By law, your car requires a valid MOT, and since no extension to MOT rules look likely for this secondary lockdown, you need to make sure your car gets tested and certified.

If not, you face fines and penalty points on your licence if you’re found to be driving a car with an expired MOT certificate.

Also, if your car is coming up for a routine service, it’s best to get it booked in. Garages across the country have learnt from the previous lockdown and introduced strict health and safety measures in order to keep going, so many will be operating just as they have been for several months during the second lockdown period.

Joel Combes, director of motor trade legal experts Lawgistics, told Car Dealer Magazine: “As far as we can assume, the rules are likely to be the same as the first lockdown.

“Garages are essential businesses and the rules state that essential businesses can stay open. We are assuming that the rules will be the same as those earlier in the year.”