Covid-19 Pre-MOT safety check gets rolling

Published:  30 April, 2020

 The Covid-19 pre-MOT car safety check launched by B2C price comparison website BookMyGarage is being taken up by customers, with garages offering the service seeing a good response.

The £19.99 16-point safety check acts a pre-MOT to identify faults. but is being offered free to NHS staff and key workers.

Plymouth-based Faraday Mill MOT is offering the check. Director Stewart Campbell recently told the Plymouth Herald how essential the pre-MOT check could be, following the MOT extension granted since 30 March:  “I would say probably 60% of cars that come in for their annual MOT already fail on dangerous defects. Now with this six month extension it can be dangerous, especially for people who need to be on the roads like the NHS workers. We’re offering it free to key workers. They can book it through our online booking system.”

The garage’s existing customer service measures are proving useful according to Stewart: “We’ve always offered a collection and delivery service. All courtesy cars are parked up at the moment, I’m not giving them out to reduce the spread. We’re going out to the person’s address, we’ll ask them to leave the key in an envelope or in their bin cupboard so it’s contactless.

“I’ve got loads of PPE and we sanitise the car before we work on it. We take payment over the phone.”

He added: “Before I was here I used to work at St Luke’s Hospice. My dad’s been there for about 30 years and I’ve got lots of friends there. I’ve got aunts who are surgeons and nurses, I’m the only one in my family who isn’t medical really.”

Owners considering the check are shown an online video which guides them through the basic safety issues they can diagnose for themselves, such as badly worn tyres. It then lists potential faults that can only be checked in a workshop, and the garages nearby offering the service.

Karen Rotberg, co-founder of BookMyGarage, said: “We were impressed that more than two thirds of garages planned to remain open and were overwhelmed at their generosity to go above and beyond to offer the safety check for free to key workers.

“Their key message consistently was, ‘NHS workers keep us safe. We want to do our bit to keep their cars safe’.”

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