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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 2nd June 2020, 22:44 Thread Starter
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MOT is due to expire at the end of this month. Normally I get them done ASAP in case there are any surprises. As far as I can tell, the government arranged 6mth extensions for all MOTs expiring after 30th March, but it isnít clear when they planned to end giving out extensions. Do we assume they are still applying it even now garages are starting to open up again?

Looks like I will only be able to see 1 week before it expires online. I donít like that...

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 2nd June 2020, 23:07
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As far as I know, the 6 months grace period is still active, so you should be all cool.

If there is any major work that needs doing (chances are you'd already know), factoring in a delay while they source parts is something to consider.

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Most garages are re-opening so book it in ...
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 3rd June 2020, 11:50
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I have both of our cars booked into Toyota dealerships

The first one this week as its already passed it service due date. The agent on the phone specifically mentioned that technically it had missed it's scheduled service on 12months (nowhere near 10k miles since last service) but that they would take the circumstances into account.

I took that to mean they aren't going to necessarily roll over should anything time critical surface

Mine is due in a couple of weeks time and will need an MOT. As the garages are now open for appointments I believe we are into a grey area if you knowingly delay doing the MOT as that extension was put in place when we had no chance of getting one done.

I would also factor in that there are over 2 months worth of cars requiring Mots on top of those coming up for Mots so appointments will fill up. Yes I guess you could argue you couldn't get an appointment but I wouldn't risk it

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C'mon guys, your Google-fu is weak. The official government site is literally the first hit when you put "MOT extension" into Google. The extension is still active. You can even get e-mail alerts if the page is updated.

If your MOT "expires" whilst the extension is active you'll automatically get a 6 month extension. They advise to look on the MOT checker 3 days before your MOT is due to expire and it should show the extension.
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C'mon guys, your Google-fu is weak. The official government site is literally the first hit when you put "MOT extension" into Google. The extension is still active. You can even get e-mail alerts if the page is updated.

If your MOT "expires" whilst the extension is active you'll automatically get a 6 month extension. They advise to look on the MOT checker 3 days before your MOT is due to expire and it should show the extension.
I read that page 3 times before posting."Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive"

Everyones MOT expires after 30 March; some peoples not until 11 months after. They don't indicate what notice they will give on changing the policy.

As it stands I would assume my MOT doesn't expire until Christmas. However, I'd have to manually check a week before it expires, and if the system hasn't updated check again 3 days before, and if it still hasn't updated, email DVSA. 3 days before mine expires is a Saturday, so if you do need to emial them, hopefully the department is resourced and working 7 days a week or you're left in limbo until it's too late.

You'd like to think they would give at least one months notice, but they didn't give the schools much of a heads up on their changing plans. Now they've re-opened garages, if they were on the ball, they'd have clarified the guidance already.

I think I'll get it booked in anyway.

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As long as that page says there's an extension in place, then there's an extension. What they're saying is that if it had expired before 30th March (e.g. you SORN'd it in February), there's no extension, but if it was due to have expired afterwards then it will be extended.

You're right that they'll have to think carefully about how they end the extension; I know there's been talk of moving to 2 year MOTs so maybe they'll do that. 18 months is a bit of a pain in the arse as a time frame because many people get their MOT and service done at the same time.
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Had my 17-plate tested on 21 May, a day before its registration birthday. Oldest boy did the needful (he's furloughed, I'm not) and our local favourite indie did the test. All good. Ironically, his modded Fiesta ST was due a test in, I think April, and he got a 6-month dispensation, I didn't bother.
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Admittedly my first reply was geared towards those who get their mot done by Toyota at the same time as it's serviced.

As Toyota are now open then it won't be long before they are no longer taking a sympathetic approach to people missing their service schedule due to lockdown

As to the government ending the 6month mot extension, it was last updated 27/05 and more recently they've stated (in a response to an open letter from part of the motoring industry) that there are no plans to stop it at present. They have to work out how on earth you deal with the back log. Keep it going for the 12months it was originally setup for and roughly all Mots stay where they currently are. Finish it early and you shift where the peaks and troughs of mots occur
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