March set to be a record month for MOTs

March set to be a record month for MOTs

THIS March will see the largest number of MOTs carried out in a single month for almost 20 years, according to research from Kwik Fit.

This spike in MOT services is down to the registration of 492,774 new cars in March 2015, which was a 21st Century record for the number of registrations in a single month. It was the largest figure since August 1998, which was the final year where only one new wave of registration plates were introduced per annum.

These cars will now be due their first MOT in March, and therefore, this will be the largest wave of cars in need of the service in nearly 20 years.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: ‘March is always a peak month for MOTs, but this year it will be busier than ever as the record breaking new car sales of 2015 feed through. Our research has shown that many drivers tend to leave their MOT to the last minute but this can be a particular problem in March when all testing centres get very busy.

‘Some owners don’t realise that they can have their car tested up to a month before their MOT expires and still keep the same anniversary, which helps to avoid a last minute panic. While thinking about the MOT it’s also worth remembering that maintenance is not just an annual activity – we should all be checking our cars regularly throughout the year.’

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