NGK urges garages to maximise MOT opportunity

Published:  27 September, 2021

NGK has repeated its call to UK garages to take advantage of the current surge in MOT test numbers. Around 5.5 million motorists used the government’s 2020 COVID-19 MOT exemption, which saw vehicles due a test between 30 March 30 and 31 July last year take up the six-month extension. One in five of 14,688 UK drivers surveyed by the AA said they took advantage of the extension, indicating that more than 5.5 million cars had a delayed MOT.

In Aftermarket’ September issue, LKQ Euro Car Parts said the independent aftermarket should be capitalising on a spike in MOTs, and prepare for the MOT wave.The company pointed out that the deferred tests are on top of the MOTs that have always fallen later in the year, and that they offer a significant opportunity for garages. The supplier then urged garages to manage the surge in demand and maximise revenue by reaching out to customers whose tests are due in the coming weeks.

NGK has also pointed out that thousands of vehicles will fail the MOT on emissions, leading to higher demand for Lambda sensor replacement. All of this will coincide with increased demand for pre-winter servicing spark plug and glow plug replacement.

NGK Marketing Manager Mark Hallam, said: “For the past few months we have been predicting that workshops were in for a very busy Autumn as they deal with the increase in demand for MOTs and that has now been echoed by a leading UK distributor.”

Mark added: “MOTs and pre-winter vehicle servicing demand, will lead to increased replacement of Lambda sensors for vehicles that fail the MOT emission test and also spark and glow plug replacement as owners make sure their vehicles are in good order in preparation for the cold winter months. Workshops should be prepared by selecting and fitting NGK spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.”

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