Rise in MOTs despite test centres staying open

This past week was record-breaking for MOT and service centre bookings across the UK, despite being allowed to remain open throughout the current lockdown.

According to data from BookMyGarage.com, the MOT service saw a vast increase in bookings following the UK government’s announcement of lockdown 2.0.

The new measures sparked an immediate rush from motorists. BookMyGarage recorded its most MOT and service bookings ever on Monday, November 2, a figure which was matched on both November 3 and 4.

To keep in line with the new restrictions, showrooms are being forced to close their doors to non-click & collect footfall.

The franchised network is set to rely on its aftersales divisions, with MOT and servicing allowed to continue during lockdown 2.0, and several franchised dealers have already confirmed servicing will continue as the restrictions are applied.

Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com, commented: “Consumer behaviour has fluctuated constantly throughout the pandemic, but it’s clear that motorists still want to get their cars serviced and MOT’d as normal despite the November lockdown.

“While sales remain suppressed and showrooms are all but closed, dealers can grow the soon-to-be vital Segment 2 & 3 vehicle parc, improving market penetration versus the fast-fits. “

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