FOBBED OFF – Keyless car owners urged to keep fobs in metal bags (available at In Front Reception – only £6.99)

16th October 2020 | John – 16th October 2020 FOBBED OFF – Keyless car owners urged to keep fobs in metal bags after 250 per cent rise in thefts in London Insurers want owners of keyless cars to keep the fobs in metal bags after a spike in thefts. FARADAY BAGS ARE AVAILABLE FROM IN FRONT’S RECEPTION – ONLY […]

Fears of massive backlog for MOTs as millions are set to expire in under 100 days

29th September 2020 | John

Car Dealer Magazine – 28th September 2020 Garages are facing a massive MOT backlog heading into autumn and winter as millions of test certificates are set to expire soon. That’s the warning from online car maintenance service provider Fixter, which has said it has seen a significant surge in the demand for MOTs. It follows […]

Rabbit pulled from behind dashboard after customer reported ‘funny noise’

22nd August 2020 | John – 20th August 2020 An independent garage in North Wales has rescued a rabbit from behind the dashboard of a customer’s car after the owner complained of strange noises coming from behind the glove box. Gari Wyn Jones, garage owner at Ceir Cymru in North Wales, discovered the frightened animal after dissembling parts of […]

MOT tests: Owners could ‘miss expiry date’ and risk fines due to ‘big increase in demand’

9th August 2020 | John – 9th August 2020 MOT test appointments are “filling up more quickly than usual” which could leave many drivers caught out, according to experts at KwikFit. Compulsory MOT testing was restarted on August 1 which has seen a sudden surge in demand for the tests which garages are battling to keep on top of. […]

MOT test backlogs to cause havoc this autumn as DVSA warns garages will be ‘very busy’

3rd August 2020 | John

2nd August 2020 –   The DVSA has warned garages will be packed across September, October and November which could make it difficult to book in tests. The increase in demand is down to the MOT test extension scheme, which came into effect from 6 March until the end of July. Current six month […]

Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday

31st July 2020 | John

Auto Express – 29th July 2020 The coronavirus MoT extension – that saw MoT certificates for cars due a test from 30 March automatically extended by six months – comes to an end this Saturday, 1 August. Cars due an MoT before that day will still have the extension applied to them, though, effectively meaning […]

One in 10 cars could have dangerous faults amid MoT extensions

10th July 2020 | John – 9th July 2020 The coronavirus crisis meant some cars got six-month extensions to their annual roadworthiness test. MoT extensions are a “serious safety risk”, one garage comparison site says, after research suggested one in 10 cars could have a “dangerous” defect. made the claim after studying data from the Driver and Vehicle […]

Martin Lewis issues huge MOT warning to millions of drivers – check now

3rd July 2020 | John – 2nd July 2020 Consumer expert Martin Lewis was back on our screens on Thursday night, 2nd July 2020, for the latest episode of the ITV Money show with Angelica Bell – and he had an important warning for drivers. Millions of motorists across the UK are being warned to check their MOT dates, […]

MOT extension ending but garage experts push for further measures after safety warning

2nd July 2020 | John – 2nd July 2020 MOT tests will resume for drivers who were already due an exam after August 1 with an extra month extension being applied to drivers due a test in July. However the Independent Garage Association is now pushing for further MOT changes as they issue a stark warning to motorists. IGA […]

Independent Garage Association (IGA) welcomes end to MOT extension

30th June 2020 | John

Independent Garage Association – 29th June 2020 The Independent Garage Association (IGA) welcomes the Department for Transport’s statement announcing that the MOT extension will end on 1st August 2020. Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive comments: “We thank the Government for listening to our views. The news will give clarity to garages and allow them to […]