10 million MOTs due in autumn

Demand for MOTs is expected to rise sharply from August, according to data obtained from the DVSA by BookMyGarage.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) request found that the number of vehicles due an MOT will surge by up to 23% in the late summer and into autumn. The busiest month for MOTs is expected to be September, when as many as 770,000 additional vehicles will require a new test.

In total, nearly 10 million vehicles are expected to need an MOT during September, October, and November.

Karen Rotberg, co-founder of BookMyGarage.com, said: “We anticipated the dip in demand for MOTs earlier this year, and looking at the data again, the dye has been cast and we will see a significant wave of vehicles requiring an MOT from August onwards. While September will likely be the busiest month, once we are into August, garages will be getting busy and are likely to put up prices – if drivers book now, however, they could lock-in that price.

“Motorists should either aim to get their MOT booked in ahead of when it is required by one month or simply book their MOT in advance. With the harsh fines and possible penalty points at stake, it is crucial to avoid letting MOTs expire.”