Even if its previous MOT hasn’t run out, you could still be fined if you drive your vehicle following another failed MOT.
The government’s official website has been updated to clarify its guidelines on when it is acceptable to drive a vehicle following a failed MOT. Their original position was somewhat ambiguous and was surrounded by speculation, with some sites contending that motorists are well within their rights to drive a vehicle that a tester has ruled to be unroadworthy, as long as the MOT had not expired. From 2017 vehicles will require an MOT once their vehicle hits four years. Currently, vehicles require an MOT once they are three years’ old. This has been met with some critique as motoring bodies have stated that essential repair work has been unnecessarily delayed and in the long term could lead to higher costs to repair further down the line.
This comes at around the same time as recent research revealed that almost two thirds of drivers have driven their vehicle knowing that there are faults present. Almost half of the 1000 respondents said that they ignored faults until at least three months after they appear and what is more concerning is that one in four miss their annual service. Consequentially, faults that would have initially been inexpensive to fix are now costing much more to fix.
Most motorists are aware that getting their vehicle serviced regularly helps ensure that it runs efficiently for the maximum amount of time. Not only can it help sustain the lifespan of a vehicle, but regular servicing can actually increase the resale price of your car. When you have your car valuated, factors such as when it was last serviced, and how often in accordance to the manufacturer’s guidelines will help increase resale price, more so than putting it through the car wash before it is viewed.
Whether you are a classic car restorer or collector, enjoy it as a hobby or operate from a business premises, you are likely to have many high-end and extremely rare and expensive vehicles on your premises. Making sure you have the right motor trade insurance in place to keep your assets protected is a top priority.
If you are considering selling cars for a living, basing your business at home could be a better option to help keep overheads down while you learn more about running your own company. Putting the right car dealer at home insurance in place is also an essential source of protection for all motor trade businesses and a priority when setting up.