MOT wave about to hit

Published:  18 August, 2021

6,952,454 MOTs are set to expire across England, Scotland and Wales during September and October, according to the latest figures released by the DVSA. This 1.3 million increase represents a 22% rise on pre-pandemic levels.9.58 million drivers opted to take advantage of the 2020 MOT exemption and time-shifted their Spring/Summer tests into the Autumn, which has altered the pattern of testing through the year going forward.

As a result, The Motor Ombudsman is expecting its Garage Finder tool to see a major upshift in use by motorists as a they race to find a garage to perform a MOT for them.

Bill Fennell, Chief Ombudsman and Managing Director of the Motor Ombudsman, said: “After a small uptick in the number of MOTs forecast to expire during August, there is a notable acceleration in the volume of MOT certificates due to come to an end in September and October. This means that it’s going to be an extremely busy period for MOT stations up and down the country during the next few weeks.”

According to NGK Spark Plugs (UK), thousands of vehicles will fail the test on emissions leading to increased demand for Lambda sensor replacement while there will also be big demand for pre-winter servicing spark plug and glow plug replacement.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “Workshops are set for a busy Autumn as they deal with the anticipated increase in demand for MOTs as well as vehicle owners’ pre-winter servicing requirements. Both factors will lead to increased replacement of Lambda sensors for vehicles that fail the MOT emission test and also spark and glow plug replacement as owners make sure their vehicles are ready for the onset of the cold winter months. Workshops can be safe in the knowledge that NGK has the necessary quality components available to help them through this busy period.”

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