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Latest information on Coronavirus from Drive Vauxhall

At Drive Vauxhall we are taking the spread of Coronavirus extremely seriously and our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff.

Following the latest government announcement, we have taken the decision to temporarily close all our dealerships with immediate effect, until further notice.

Our dealership teams and contact centre will continue to work remotely so that we are still contactable for our customers throughout this time and we will endeavor to respond to all enquiries in a timely manner. We ask for your patience during this time as we adapt to the current situation.

MOT testing

The government has announced vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities. All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020. For more information regarding MOT Testing, please click here.

Vauxhall Finance Deferred Payments

If you have taken finance through Vauxhall Finance, you may qualify for support such as deferred payments, depending on your personal circumstances. Click here to find out how you can get support towards your payments.

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Use of cars should be limited now. However, critical workers will still need their cars to get to work and make deliveries that are helping to keep the country going. However, contact should be minimised to reduce spread of COVID-19, so it has been decided that extending MOT due dates for a period, is sensible to minimise travel and contact, and to keep people who need to move, moving. 

Vehicles that have MOTs due from 30/3, will have their date moved 6 months forward – so tests due on 30th March 2020 will become due on 30th September 2020, and so on. 

The government will keep this under review to manage the spread of COVID-19.

DVSA will start moving MOT expiry dates automatically in the MOT system from 30/3. This will initially be done in a few batches, so that after a few days they are working 7 days ahead. That will mean, say, that every Tuesday – the following Tuesday’s tests are moved 6 months ahead.

Some types of test – such as vehicles coming up for their first test and some specialist vehicles may take a little longer – but this should be all automatic.

The new ‘due date’ will appear in the MOT History Service when it is amended – that will enable customers to check it has been done and they can legally use the car for getting to work as a critical worker, or getting necessary shopping.

Legal changes need to be made to allow this. They take time to get formally agreed, to ensure sufficient rigour goes into getting them right.

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