How leaving snow on your car roof can land you THREE penalty points on your driving licence and a £60 fine

12th December 2020 | John – 4th December 2020 It’s a little known law but drivers can actually get fined for having snow on their cars – not just from the windscreen. Even if the snow doesn’t affect your vision, having snow on the roof of your car, or anywhere else for that matter, could land you with three […]

Thousands of vehicles failing MOTs due to avoidable faults and dodgy DIY fixes

5th December 2020 | John – 5th December 2020 Thousands of vehicles are failing MOT tests every day due to avoidable faults and dodgy DIY fixes, new research has found. Nearly 32 per cent of vehicles fail MOT tests first time government data shows, many of which could be avoided if drivers carried out basic checks beforehand says […]

Half of UK drivers at risk after delaying essential car maintenance this year

14th November 2020 | John – 12th November 2020 Half of UK drivers at risk after delaying essential car maintenance this year – drivers failing to service and repair their car because of reduced mileage, tighter finances and MOT extension. Nearly half of UK motorists have put off servicing their cars or carrying out essential maintenance this year, new […]

Will there be an MOT extension for second lockdown? Can I still get an MOT and service during lockdown?

2nd November 2020 | John – 1st November 2020 The government has announced a second lockdown will be put in place across England from 00.01 on Thursday – but what does this mean to car repairs, servicing and MOTs? With car showrooms forced to close as part of the measures, there have been questions as to whether garages can […]

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 […]