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14th June 2021

MOT prices can vary based on a variety of factors such as the type of vehicle and the test centre you choose to attend. For a car, however, test centres are limited to how much they can charge.   Here at Merityre Specialists, we offer MOTs from £39.95 on class 4 vehicles across our DVSA approved MOT Test branches. This is well below the Government’s maximum threshold of £54.85! MOT costs: how ar...

14th June 2021

When you buy a new car, you expect it to be in perfect condition and completely safe to drive. This will most likely be the case to begin with; however, it won’t be long before your vehicle is required to have its first MOT test. This is a DVSA-authorised inspection to confirm your vehicle meets the legal road and environmental safety standards. If you have questions about how your first MOT will...

24th May 2021

If you’re considering making the switch to a hybrid or fully electric vehicle, one of the most common questions we hear is ‘how much does it cost to charge an electric car?’. With many of us being so used to petrol and diesel vehicles, we have a good understanding of the cost to fill up a vehicle of a certain engine size or use, and it’s easy to budget for that each month. However, with petrol pr...

24th May 2021

Taxing your car, alongside your insurance and yearly MOT, is one of the legal responsibilities you have as a vehicle owner. Previously, car tax was managed through paper tax discs, but these were phased out in 2014. Now, all car tax is processed online, which means the DVLA has an up-to-date database for monitoring taxed vehicles and vehicles declared off road (known as SORN - statutory off road n...

19th May 2021

In the UK, every vehicle is categorised into an MOT class. These classes make it easier for garages and autocentres carrying out MOTs to ensure that the correct checks are made on the vehicle. This guide will help you determine what class your vehicle falls under, and how that affects the price of your MOT. MOT classes explained Each vehicle is categorised into one of 8 categories when it has it...

12th May 2021

What does SORN stand for? A SORN – Statutory Off Road Notification – is used to inform the DVLA that you are declaring your vehicle as ‘off the road’. Once you make a SORN for a vehicle, you cannot use the vehicle on the road until you tax it again. Any vehicle that is being used (or parked) on a public highway is legally required to have road tax. That means if you are either temporarily or per...

28th April 2021

Figures released by the Department for Transport show that since UK lockdown measures were eased on the 12th April 2021, car usage is up to 89% of pre lockdown levels.  The week commencing 19th April saw the highest weekly average of cars on the road since the week commencing 14th September 2020. While traffic on the roads increases, National Rail and TFL are yet to see a return to pre lockdown...

26th April 2021

With the UK government setting the ambitious target of being carbon neutral (also known as net zero), by 2050, one of the biggest changes we’re going to see is in our cars and vehicles. By 2030, the sale of all new sole-powered petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned in the UK. This means that in just under a decade, all new vehicles will have to be hybrid or electric. That means a lot of c...

26th April 2021

Punctures can happen at the most inconvenient times – when you’re on the school run, on the way to a social event or in the middle of a long distance journey. That’s why many people are opting for run flat tyres. But if your run flat tyres are punctured, can you get them repaired? Read our blog post to find out more. What are run flat tyres? Run flat tyres are different to standard issue tyres –...

16th April 2021

Film historians often cite the 1968, cinematic masterpiece Bullitt as the first modern car chase movie – it was in this film that screeching tyres and high paced car chases, so often associated with action films, were first made popular. Since Bullitt first graced the silver screen, we have been treated to some crazy car chase scenes such as those from Baby Driver and the entire Fast and Furious...