MOT test extensions may have been a great experience for many road users who have avoided the complexities of testing over lockdown. However, many road users have had bad experiences with “catastrophic consequences” taking shape over the past few months.
It ensured road users could continue driving their vehicles as usual with the knowledge they had a valid certificate in place even if they were due a test.
However, the government had repeatedly warned drivers must keep their cars in a roadworthy condition at all times to avoid charges.
But this could be hard for many owners unaware of hidden car defects which may have affected their overall driving experience.
Garage shutdowns may have also had a major effect on road users with many missing out on key repairs and servicing that they may have needed.
Mr Dunham said: “At the start of the lockdown, Government announced that it was relaxing the rules surrounding MOTs.
“This provided owners of cars, vans and motorcycles a six-month exemption from MOT testing from 30 March, meaning if you had an MOT due from 30 March 2020, the next test date was to be extended by six months.
“This news was welcomed by many, but it is now emerging that there are some catastrophic consequences of delaying MOTs, and delaying regular servicing of vehicles, as the following consumers have discovered.”
Mr Dunham adds: “If you have taken advantage of the MOT extension, inform your insurer immediately and ask them to confirm that this will not void your policy.
“You should also inform the finance company (if you purchased the car on finance and the loan is still live), and also the warranty company if you have an extended warranty policy.
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Published at Fri, 25 Sep 2020 06:59:07 +0000