According to new figures by motoring association MotorEasy, as many as 80 percent of us are potentially paying double for servicing and an MOT, simply because we’ve booked them separately.
Checks covered in a car’s scheduled service are, according to MotorEasy, 85 percent covered during an MOT test. Getting both done at once could not only save you time but take a hefty chunk out of any labour costs the work would incur.
MOTs and services don’t cross over completely, though. While a service involves a yearly swap out of oil, coolant and other items, whether they need to be changed or not, an MOT doesn’t mandate it or go into quite so much detail.
Both are still necessary – an MOT for legality and a service to keep your car running at its very best. We don’t need to tell you a fully-stamped service book will make your car easier to sell and more valuable when you come to do so.
An MOT only tests fundamental aspects of the car that determine whether it’s safe to use on the road. Not necessarily to an end of aiding the car’s reliability.
It sounds like an all-around good idea to book both together, then.
“We’re seeing the rise of the ‘Do It For Me’ generation,” said MotorEasy founder, Duncan McClure Fisher.
“Time-poor consumers want to minimise the amount of time they spend at dealers and garages, without paying over the odds for it. One way to do this is to book your service and MOT together, as the garage will conduct all of the checks required to pass an MOT during the service. Not only will drivers be spared an extra visit to the garage, but they can also save money.”