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In response to the MOT changes coming in 2018

For those of you who do not know, from May 2018, vehicles older than 40 years (anything before 1978) will no longer be required to have an MOT. Obviously, this will include most of the vehicles we work on, so we thought we should provide you, our loyal customers, with a response. 

It seems this change was inspired largely by people that own classic sports cars like Jaguars, Aston Martins, etc., the kind of cars that are driven only a few times a year, and usually on short journeys. However, Volkswagens, whether Beetle, Van or Karmann Ghia, are often used daily by their owners, and Vans especially are used on very long camping trips, sometimes even across Europe. That is what they were designed for, after all. We feel that because of this, even though an MOT test will not be required, you should still have your vehicle voluntarily tested annually.

We will continue to offer our full MOT service after the change is implemented, however if you feel you cannot trust an MOT centre to know what to check on a classic vehicle, then we will gladly perform a full safety inspection of your vehicle ourselves. VWs are our specialty, so we know what to look for, and we feel that familiarity has made us more thorough in ensuring the safety of these vehicles. 

If you have any concerns about how the MOT change might impact your vehicle, please do not hesitate to email us.