Over 5,500 franchised dealers have signed up to help promote the Minute Or Two consumer campaign from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders (SMMT) and National Franchised Dealers Association’s (NFDA).
In a nationwide consumer-facing media campaign targeting broadcast, print and online outlets that starts today, motorists will be encouraged to carry out 10 visual checks taking just a ‘Minute Or Two’, before booking-in their vehicle at a franchised dealership for its annual MoT.
The trade associations hope the initiative will boost aftersales retention for franchised dealers.
The full ‘Minute Or Two’ checklist can be viewed at www.passmymot.co.uk, where visitors can also use a garage finder tool to locate their nearest dealer.
Every carmaker in the UK is participating in the and technicians at manufacturer main dealerships will be ready and able to assist customers who might be unsure about carrying out the checks themselves.
Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive, said: “The message that we are keen to get across to motorists is that an MoT fail could very easily be avoided if a simple visual check is carried out beforehand.
"Technicians at manufacturer main dealerships across the UK are ready and willing to help vehicle owners carry out the visual inspection before the test, and to rectify any issues before conducting a manufacturer-guaranteed MoT.
"With the introduction of a number of new additions to the annual MoT test just last month, it is even more important for vehicle owners to understand the advantage that a few simple checks could make to the outcome of their test.
“Indeed we would encourage the simple checks to be conducted regularly between MoT tests to ensure the vehicle is safe."
Sue Robinson, NFDA director, said: "The 'Minute Or Two' checks are easy and simple to perform and will save motorists time and aggravation when taking their vehicle for its annual MoT test.
“If consumers have any concerns about the state of their vehicle in the run-up to its MoT, they can call a manufacturer main dealer, whose fully trained technicians will be able to provide advice on carrying out the checks for all makes and models."