Updated 03 November.
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The country is having a second COVID-19 lockdown from 5 November to 2 December. What does this mean for car owners? Read on to find out about MOTs, what’s happening with petrol stations, and what other motoring services are and aren’t available.
What if your car needs an MOT?
Earlier in the year, MOT expiry dates were extended by six months for certain vehicles. This extension was only for vehicles that had an MOT due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.
For MOTs due on or after 01 August, there’s no extension.
Garages are still open during the lockdown, so if your MOT is due, you should get this booked in. However, the Government advises that you should not get an MOT if you or someone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’ve been told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Wait until after your isolation period, then arrange your MOT.
To find out more, check our MOT rules explanation here.
Are fuel stations open?
Fuel is considered to be essential. So, filling stations are remaining open and supplies of fuel are being delivered as normal.
Are garages open?
Yes, garages are regarded as an essential service so they are still open. Keeping garages open will ensure they can repair the vehicles of key workers.
We highly recommend visiting our servicing, maintenance and repair partner Who Can Fix My Car to find a local garage that’s open for business. Their network of garages is the largest in the UK, and they are in constant communication with the entire network to keep their website up to date.
What about the driving test?
Driving tests have been postponed for the lockdown. You should get an email saying your test has been cancelled and you’ll get a full refund.
Are car dealers open?
Buying a new car is not considered essential during COVID-19 lockdown. As such, all car dealers will be closed. There is one silver-lining for this car-buying cloud. It gives you a lot more time to research online for your perfect new car.
Remember, for our latest updates throughout the lockdown and beyond, check our important updates page.