• Latest data from BookMyGarage.com finds MOT bookings rose 160% year-on-year last month
  • Last year’s MOT extension saw a 79% drop in MOT test numbers according to DVSA figures
  • Total number of bookings made through BookMyGarage.com, including servicing and repair work, rose 130% year-on-year
  • Over a fifth of all bookings were made through SecretServiceTM, compared to just 2.7% in April 2020

BookMyGarage.com saw a 160% year-on-year increase in MOT bookings this April.

The month performed far better for garages compared to the same period last year when the DVSA issued an automatic six-month MOT extension in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The latest bookings data from the UK’s leading MOT and service comparison site suggests a better than expected recovery has been made this year, with overall bookings (including MOTs, servicing and repairs) up 130% in April.

The impact of the extension was mostly felt by garages in April and May, when a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the DVSA by BookMyGarage.com revealed MOT test numbers collapsed by 79% in April and 61% in May.

Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of BookMyGarage.com, commented “April was a real concern for garages, with four-in-five MOTs no longer due to take place as a result of the extension. With 70% of our customers booking their service at the same time as their MOT, this also caused a big drop in accompanying service and repair work.

“While we’re still on the road to recovery, April was a big improvement, and brings a more positive outlook for May and June when MOT test numbers were also notably impacted.”

BookMyGarage.com has also seen its SecretServiceTM offering gain significant momentum, with a host of new dealer groups having signed up to the service over the last 12 months.

This has resulted in over a fifth of all BookMyGarage.com bookings in April being made through SecretServiceTM, compared to just 2.7% in April 2020.

SecretServiceTM enables franchised dealers to attract additional work for older vehicles (those aged 4 or more years) by placing their services alongside independents and providing customers with the opportunity to have work carried out by an authorised repairer at a competitive price.

BookMyGarage.com has helped more than four million motorists obtain instant comparison prices for MOT, service and repair procedures through its network of over 9,000 franchise and independent UK garages.