Martin Lewis reveals how to get a 'really cheap' MOT test

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The Government had previously extended MOT expiry dates by six months because of the coronavirus outbreak. This temporary MOT extension applies to cars, vans and motorcycles with MOTs that were due to expire between March 30 and 31 July, 2020.

If a vehicle fell within this timeline, their MOT certificate was automatically extended by six months.

As a result of the extension, it created a huge backlog of MOT tests, which caused a surge in demand in earlier months including “Super September”.

Now drivers are being warned again to make sure their vehicle has been tested in the lead up to Christmas.

Drivers could face a fine of up to £1,000 if their MOT due date has passed, as this could potentially be increased to a whopping £2,500 if they are found to be driving a car that’s deemed dangerous, regardless of whether an MOT is valid or not.

The MOT will include a series of tests and checks to make sure that the lights, steering, suspension, windscreen, horn, seat belt, tyres, brakes and several other aspects of a car are in proper working condition.

A qualified mechanic will also check a car’s fuel system and emissions, but an MOT will not test the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

Florence Codjoe, car insurance expert at Uswitch.com says: “At a time where many of us are needing to cut back on costs, it can be a financial worry if your car doesn’t pass it’s MOT.

“To ensure your car is MOT ready, you should check your tyres and lights beforehand.

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“These are common points of failure and can be easy to pick up on beforehand.

“Also stay on top of replacing components such as the brake pads and shock absorbers.

“These should be replaced every few years, but are often left until after a car has failed its MOT, meaning you could be hit with a big bill at once.”

New research from Uswitch has found that Peugeot and Renault have nine of the 10 vehicles which are most likely to fail their MOT.

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