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MOT demand expected to fall following Covid extension boom

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Garages and workshops should expect a reduction in demand for MOT tests this month as all vehicles that were eligible for the Government’s six-month Covid extension have now been tested.

MOT bookings through BookMyGarage.com almost doubled over the last six months as millions of motorists took advantage of the MOT extension.

The MOT and service price comparison site found bookings for just MOTs rose by 63%, while combined MOT and service bookings more than doubled.

February signals the end of the MOT boom, however, as the tests for all vehicles eligible for the extension will have now been conducted.

Karen Rotberg, co-founder of BookMyGarage.com, said: “The last six months have proved to be extremely busy for garages who have worked hard to accommodate both MOTs which were extended and those that are normally due at that time of the year.

“It’s important to remember that it’s not just a case of doing MOTs, it’s also the servicing and repair work that accompanies the majority of tests. In fact, we had more than double the number of combined MOT and service bookings than we did for just MOTs.

“The second quarter of 2021 will be challenging for garages, with millions of MOTs effectively now not taking place during these months. That said, it’s worth remembering that three-year-old cars which are due their first MOT test this year, and were first registered between April and June, will help recover some of the work lost during this difficult period.”

The DVSA issued a six month MOT extension to all vehicles due a test between March 30 and July 31 last year, as part of measures designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the first lockdown.

The bookings data from BookMyGarage.com showed a 50% year-on-year rise last month as MOT tests for the last of the vehicles granted the extension took place.



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