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Find an approved garage

This advice applies to Scotland

It's a good idea to use an approved car garage for work on your car, such as a service, repair or MOT.

These garages are all approved by the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.

They all have clear complaints procedures, so if something goes wrong you'll have a better chance of resolving your problem.

It also means you can complain through a trade association if you can't work it out with the garage.

If you’ve been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus

You must not take your car for an MOT until your self-isolation is over.

If your car was due an MOT at any time from 31 March 2020 to 31 July 2020

You would have got a 6-month extension. You should make sure your car is safe to drive or ‘roadworthy’ during this time.

If your 6-month extension has ended and you haven’t got an MOT, you can’t drive your car. 

If your car failed an MOT, you can’t drive it until it’s fixed and passes an MOT.

Find out more about the changes to MOTs on GOV.UK.

If you don’t want to leave your home because of coronavirus

Contact garages and mechanics near you. They might be able to collect your car from your home and bring it back after the MOT or repairs.

Search for a garage

You should search for a garage that is accredited by The Motor Ombudsman.

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