More than a quarter of motorists who were eligible for an MOT extension still got their vehicle tested during lockdown, new figures have revealed.
The research by Kwik Fit found these drivers wanted the reassurance of a physical MOT rather than relying on the extension, with owners of premium German cars the most likely to do so.
Mercedes-Benz owners were most likely to take their vehicle for a lockdown MOT test, with 33 per cent of the vehicles with an MOT ending in April or May – and therefore eligible for an extension – being taken for a test.
This was followed by BMW owners at 32.5 per cent and Audi at 31 per cent. Mini and Fiat rounded out the top five with both around 30 per cent.
Meanwhile, just 21 per cent of Hondas were taken for tests at this time, and about 23 per cent of Volvos and Toyotas.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit said: “This analysis has highlighted some interesting differences between the owners of different makes of car.
“It’s certainly striking that the owners most likely to have opted to have a physical MOT are drivers of what many consider to be the premium marques in the top 20.
“It may be that these drivers have been using their cars more for essential journeys during lockdown and want peace of mind, or they may believe that maintaining their MOT record will help hold their resale value.
“As we have seen, the majority of owners have not taken their car for a test, so as lock down restrictions ease and traffic volumes increase back towards normal levels, we urge all those drivers who have received an MOT extension to carry out their own thorough checks, especially on tyres and brakes, the most common causes for dangerous MOT failures.
“Our analysis has shown that 150,000 unroadworthy vehicles a week are being given MOT extensions, so it’s vital that drivers don’t neglect their responsibility to keep their cars safe.”
According to the figures, a total of almost 4.8 million cars were eligible for an MOT extension, with just over 1.3 million being taken for a new test anyway – about 27 per cent.