How do I get my car serviced during the coronavirus outbreak?

If your car is due for a service while you are self-isolating or continuing to use it as a key worker, what should you do?...

Car being serviced

You might not be driving your car much at the moment, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, but it's still important to have it in good working order, in case you need it at short notice. 

Car service centres and garages are open for repairs and servicing work, so it's worth contacting your local outlet to see if they are open. Some are offering discounts to NHS workers, including the Chorley Group, which is cutting the cost of servicing by 50% to say thank you to the NHS in its region. 

The Government has also provided a six-month extension for any cars with MOTs due from 30 March, so that people don't have to worry about driving without an MOT in the short term. 

Garages are adapting to the current situation, with many offering additional services, such as free no-contact collection and delivery services. 

There are also many mobile mechanics, working either as independents or for fast-fit chains, who will come to your home and carry out any necessary work there.

George is one of three Cordwallis Mobile Service Technicians – based in Oxford, Heathrow and Maidenhead – who cover the area around the M4 and M25 corridors

If you want to avoid contact with servicing staff, you can leave the car keys in a secure place to be collected. Many garages are reassuring customers that collection and delivery staff will be wearing gloves and other protective equipment. Online bank transfers should also be possible, to minimise contact when paying.

If you are taking your car to a garage for a service, we would advise you to discuss and agree the protocols for how you will interact with staff in advance. If you are in a higher risk group, such as being over 70, pregnant or suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, and have been told to stay at home for 12 weeks, get someone else to drop off and pick up the car for you.

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