MOT Overdue? You’re Not Alone…

March is a peak month for MOT tests and a new study for Kwik Fit, the UK’s leading automotive servicing and repair chain, has revealed that over four million drivers freely admit that they have not got their car MOT test completed before the previous one expired.

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Ipswich MOT customers should make sure that they are aware of the date that their MOT certificate expires.

When asked the average length of time these motorists have driven without a valid MOT is around 37 days. Nearly a third of those missing their MOT deadline got a valid certificate within three days but 4% of those driving without an MOT did so for more than ten months.

March 2017 will see nearly half a million cars require their first MOT.

2016 saw March as the month with the highest number of new registrations with over 500,000 cars hitting the road for the first time, and with those cars now turning three years old, they need an MOT for the first time.

Kwik Fit advises drivers with a “17” registration plate to be sure to check their date of first registration.

The company’s research shows that people missing the third year anniversary is in the top ten reasons given by drivers for not having an upto date MOT certificate. Another very common reason stated is that they failed to get an MOT appointment in time. Drivers are able to put their car through the MOT up to one month before their current certificate runs out while still keeping the same expiry date for the following year. This sort of flexibility should allow ample time and convenience to arrange the test.

Londoners have the most casual attitude to the MOT certificate, with nearly one quarters of drivers admitting to have driven their car without an upto date MOT certificate.

The survey by Kwik Fit found that London motorists who have not obtained an upto date MOT certificate drive for nearly three months on average before doing so. Conversely, drivers in the South West are the quickest to spot their mistake, with the average time driving without an MOT in that region just over 5 days.

“Our research showed that drivers give many different reasons for not getting their car MOTed but the most common seems to be simply forgetfulness”, said a Kwik Fit representative

“The most worrying are those who knew their car would fail the test and so drove it until they got it fixed. But there are also those who felt that their car was safe and didn’t need the MOT to prove it.The test is a crucial element in keeping our roads safe and can spot issues that might not be obvious to us in our day to day driving but could be significant in an emergency.”

The fines involved for not obtaining a valid MOT certificate far outweigh any short term saving by delaying the inevitable need for an MOT.

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Cheap MOT Ipswich services are available from a range of garages and outlets but we at Safeway offer an all year round cheap Ipswich MOT price and honest MOT service, something not always associated with discounted MOT deals.

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Same Day Ipswich MOT Service

Cheap Ipswich MOT services often offer a discounted price in exchange for booking ahead considerably or through a third party which can be awkward. We aim to complete all work the same day where possible or if parts are ordered, when they arrive. We can do our discounted Ipswich MOT service at short notice and look to get you back on the road ASAP.

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An Honest MOT

Ipswich discounted MOT providers, Safeway Tyre and Exhaust Centre offer an honest MOT for an honest price of £35 which covers our labour fairly in the event of a car going straight through the test which is something we hope all cars do. MOTs are often a source of stress for drivers who are expecting anything from only the cost of the MOT to writing their car off as the costs are too high.

When is an MOT too cheap?

Ipswich MOT centres and nationwide are businesses who are looking to maintain profit levels on all services they offer. Because of this it is always prudent of drivers to watch out for excessively cheap MOT prices. If an MOT centre is paying the expected rates for skilled MOT mechanics to check over your car in the time needed to complete an MOT then paying less than £27 suggests that they are losing money. This is where the temptation comes in for garages to be far stricter in their assessments of the MOT in order to create jobs to bring the transaction into profit. An advisory becomes a fail, a tyre that’s worn becomes too worn and so on. While this may seem safer for the driver it’s also wasteful and poor value for money. If a tyre still has 3-6 months or more for a low milage driver or a part that costs £300 to fit but could have lasted another year is changed before time then the driver has lost out. This is a common practice for garages offering too good to be true MOT prices.

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Our Ipswich discounted MOT service is fair to you and an accurate MOT because we have made a small profit even if your car passes straight through and needs no work. We like nothing more than telling people that they don’t have to spend that £500 they kept back incase an expensive part was needed and it helps us to fulfil another pledge, to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We don’t cut corners, we don’t overlook what’s a fail, we don’t look for extra work because we are losing on an over cheap price, we just look to get you an MOT certificate that’s a genuine reflection against the DVLA VOSA requirements.

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Ipswich discount MOT + service allows us to offer drivers an even lower but just as honest Ipswich MOT service. We charge just £20 for an MOT if in incorporated with a service that can be applied to your service history book, make your car more efficient and prolongs its life through good care. Remember, cars with good service history where companies have shown good preventative car maintenance by changing filters and oil instead of reactively fixing things as they break enjoy a longer lifespan.

Because we are able to inspect filters and oil while completing the MOT thus combining the tasks, we’re able to cut the price down to just £20 for the MOT.

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