MOT test demand hits record numbers after lockdown announcement as drivers fear shutdown

MOT test demand hits record numbers after lockdown announcement as drivers fear shutdown

MOT test demand hit record numbers on Monday through to Wednesday as drivers desperately secured slots to get their cars tested, according to Book My Garage. The rush started almost immediately after Boris Johnson’s second lockdown announcement as drivers rushed to secure a test certificate ahead of the winter.

“It really could be the moment when AfterSales becomes the shining light for the main dealer network.”

Her comments come just days after the Independent Garage Association (IGA) backed the government’s decision to allow garages to continue.

They warned that a second shutdown would create “confusion” among road users and could oot many at risk of being hit with penalties.

Stuart James, Chief executive of the IGA said: “Garages are still busy catching up with the backlog of MOTs that the extension caused earlier this year.

A new study by Fixter released in September revealed that 75 percent of garages were experiencing a surge in demand.

A massive 45 percent admitted that they had to make motorists wait longer than usual to book a test due to a surge in interest.

A total of 70 percent of garages have experienced issues with increased costs and delivery of parts which have also led to delays.

Limvirak Chea, CEO and co-founder of Fixter said: “The backlog of vehicles for MOTs is having significant implications on garages, which comes as a result of the six-month Government Coronavirus extension.”

He added: “As a result, UK consumers are facing a race against the clock to get their MOTs booked-in now, to avoid significant waiting lists, resulting in them potentially unable to use their vehicle.”

Published at Fri, 06 Nov 2020 08:49:27 +0000