Yuasa encouraging battery checks amid looming MOT surge

Published:  10 August, 2020

Yuasa is encouraging garages to introduce a battery check as part of their MOT and service schedules to identify if the vehicle’s battery has been damaged due to reduced usage during lockdown.

Around one in ten vehicles entering the workshop require a replacement battery the company previously found– a figure that Yuasa expects is now much higher post-lockdown.

It is estimated that around 70% of the UK’s cars remained immobile during the spring, and according to DVSA figures,  just 2.1 million MOTs were carried out in April and May, compared with 7.1 million over the same period in 2019.

The backlog, expected to peak in October, will mean garages across the UK see an unprecedented number of vehicles over the coming months.

James Hylton, Managing Director of GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “Garages and workshops should be checking the battery on every vehicle that comes through the door, be it for an MOT, servicing or repair.

“It’s well documented that extended periods of inactivity can have a detrimental effect on a car’s battery. As lockdown has been gradually eased, we’ve seen an increase in battery failure and encourage all garages and workshops to incorporate a simple battery check into all vehicles they see.”

James added: “Over the past few years, thousands of garages and workshops have increased their revenue by joining Yuasa’s Always Check The Battery scheme.To ensure garages and workshops are ready for the demand, Yuasa are also providing complete workshop battery testing kits, including a GS Yuasa battery tester. Workshops should visit www.yuasa.co.uk/testkit to get theirs.”

For more information about Yuasa’s Always Check The Battery scheme, visit www.yuasa.co.uk/batterycheck

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