Self-isolating motorists and key workers can secure car repairs without visiting garages

Self-isolating motorists and key workers can secure car repairs without visiting garages

Road users can get their car repaired or have vital maintenance made to vehicles from the comfort of their home using online service, Fixter. The group says it also offers MOT services for those that need to get an urgent vehicle assessment before the exemption comes into effect. 

The service works by sending a driver to collect your car and will return it when the work has been completed. 

Fixter claims bookings for their service have been the highest in their history during the coronavirus epidemic as motorists opt to avoid lose contact at garages. 

The service has confirmed it is now offering extra support for over 65s with a promise to minimse contact. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Limvirak Chea, CEO of Fixter said: “We send drivers to go to customers’ house and pick up the car, send it to the garage, get the work done and drop it back. 

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Limvirak Chea, CEO of Fixter said: “We send drivers to go to customers’ house and pick up the car, send it to the garage, get the work done and drop it back. 

“At this stage we don’t offer repairs at their home. Customers can arrange the car key to be picked up and dropped off from a safe place. 

“They can get their car maintenance done without leaving the house and contact-free in-line with social distancing.”

Fixter confirms cars are thoroughly sanitised at collection and before a vehicle is dropped off for ease of mind. 

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Drivers will sanitise vital car parts such as steering wheels, gear sticks and handles before dropping keys through the letterbox to avoid contact with customers. 

Fixter has also offered a special voucher code which offers free collection and £10 off for any key workers during the crisis. 

Contactless repairs could prove vital for many key workers during the outbreak who rely on their vehicles to get to their jobs. 

The service claims to be one of the first end-to-end online car maintenance services. However, other firms have stepped up to the challenge amid the crisis. 

Halfords are offering free car checks for all NHS workers to keep vital staff moving during the outbreak. 

The £15 check will be completely free for those that prove they work for the NHS and will check all vital car functions. 

Headlights and brake lights will be thoroughly checked while mechanics will also check whether tyres are correctly inflated. 

Motorists are urged to keep their vehicles maintained during the outbreak as they could still face penalties such as fines. 

Police officers can issue fines of up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle which has been kept in a dangerous condition. 

Road users can also be charged for individual issues such as tyre concerns or brake light failures. 

Motorists will be issued a bill of £5,000 per tyre which is considered underinflated or below the minimum tread depth. 

In severe cases, road users could even be charged with dangerous driving which will see them issued with a £5,000 fine and up to nine penalty points. 

MOT tests across the UK have been temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic. 

MOT pass certificates have been extended for three months for vehicles due to run out on 30 March. 

This means road users will still be able to apply for vital features such as car tax and insurance even if their certificate could have technically expired. 

Published at Sat, 28 Mar 2020 04:01:00 +0000