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Importance of MOT during lockdown

Collaboration with DAT Tyres (London)

MOT expiry dates were extended by 6 months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). DAT Tyres have come to the rescue to offer some expert advice on the subject.

Government Coronavirus Guidance:

MOTs due from 30 March 2020 is extended by 6 months

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.

MOT due on or after 1 August 2020

Your MOT certificate will not be extended if your vehicle’s MOT expires on or after 1 August 2020. You must book an MOT as usual.

Importance of MOT during lockdown

Due to lock down many of us are utterly confused about our car health and MOT. Although the Government has given an extension for MOT. You can still perform simple car care routines at home in order to maintain good vehicle health.

No matter which part of the UK you belong to. London or the surrounding areas. These tips will help you learn about why your vehicle still requires a proper MOT test. As well as how to care for your car at home.

Why do you need a Test?

It is a legal requirement for every vehicle to abide by an MOT test, once it is over 3 years so that it meets all safety standards.

Once the vehicle is gone for MOT check and if it fails the test requirements, it will not be sent back, instead, it will be taken for repairs immediately. It can take a few hours or a day depending on how much the repairs are to be fixed.

It is very important to choose the right MOT centre with proper accreditation and performing proper safety checks. One such place where you can book MOT testing is: DAT Tyres garage (02089693030)

MOT for lights

Further, major components being checked in the MOT test are headlights and indicator lights including main beams and dipper lights. Next important check light is the brake check light. If you press your brake pedals and the brake light does not show up. Then you need to know your car is lacking major vehicle quality check.

MOT for Windscreen

According to UK vehicle laws, a chip on a windscreen bigger than 10 mm will not comply with MOT safety rules. Therefore, a proper check on cracks and chips on the windscreen should be noted. Also, other things attached with windscreens like viper blades and washers need to be also thoroughly checked. Windscreen washers should have the ability to work efficiently. and wind vipers should be clean, and be able to wash off all the water and dirt in one go.

How much will an MOT cost me?

The amount you will have to pay for an MOT Test varies upon which class of vehicle you have:
– Class 1 motorcycles are *£29.65 although sidecars are more expensive.
– Cars in class 4 are currently *£54.85 
– Passenger Vehicles with over 16 seats are currently *£124.50.
Please note that this list is not comprehensive, merely an attempt to give you sufficient information, for full details speak to a member of the team at DAT Tyres. 

No online booking fees

Whether you want tyres or whether booking an MOT or Car Service. You can book online in the knowledge that we will not take any upfront payments. We will only take payment once the job is completed. 

Free brake check at DAT Tyres

It is advised to check your brakes regularly in order to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition and your motoring as safe as possible.

What is included in a brake check?

Following the test drive, a technician will look under the bonnet and have a good look through the engine checking the vehicle’s master cylinder, brake lines, vacuum hose etc
The main thing we look for are signs of damaged pipes or leaking fluids.

  • Brake fluid check – this will be tested to gauge the condition of the fluid to assess whether it needs changing.
  • Undercarriage check – visual to see whether there is any signs of uneven wear & tear or damage.
  • Brake component check – checking caliper assemblies for rust or damage.
  • Checking brake drums, discs and pads.

Where to find them

Click here if you are in LondonHammersmith, or here for Hertfordshire & Kensal Green  

There are more details on MOT safety requirements, which you can find out through DAT Tyres This article has highlighted the major checks that can be carried out even in lockdown