MOT/servicing bookings up 80%

Published:  15 January, 2021

Demand for MOTs and services was seen to increase by 80% in some quarters last week following the announcement of a third national lockdown, with franchised dealers looking to capitalise on the aftermarket opportunity to offset the closure of showrooms.
 
According BookMyGarage.com, the price comparison site saw an 80% increase in MOT and service bookings compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2020. MOT-only bookings were up by more than 50%, while 58% scheduled a full service alongside their MOT.

Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com, commented: “The sector has come a long way since the first national lockdown, introducing new processes and improving existing ones to enable contactless vehicle collection and delivery, but the new restrictions will still hurt new car sales.

While independent garages are again able to stay open, franchised dealers are looking to take  workshop revenue, even as their showrooms are closed.

Karen observed: “Revenue gained from aftersales divisions will again be key, and the need for the franchised sector to develop aftersales market share in the vital Segment 2 & 3 car parc versus the fast-fits is more prominent than ever.”

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