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Workshops should maximise MoT opportunity

NGK has reiterated its call for UK workshops to take advantage of the current surge in demand for MoT tests.

The ignition and sensor specialist has been forecasting September’s MoT boom after it was revealed that millions of car owners used the Government’s COVID-19 MoT exemption at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.

Vehicles due an MoT between March 30 and July 31 last year were eligible for a six-month extension due to the nationwide lockdown – and 5.5 million drivers are estimated to have taken up the offer.

Motorists who took advantage of the six-month extension from March 31 last year would have deferred their car’s annual check-up with the knock-on effect resulting in high numbers of vehicles now needing the annual test.

One in five of 14,688 UK drivers surveyed by the AA said they took advantage of the extension, indicating that more than 5.5 million cars had a delayed MoT. 

This week leading distributor LKQ Euro Car Parts said the independent aftermarket should be capitalising on a spike in demand to ‘ride the MoT wave’ this month.

It pointed out that the deferred tests are on top of the MoTs that have always fallen later in the year and presented a significant opportunity for garages, calling on them to manage the surge in demand and maximise revenue by reaching out to customers whose tests are due in the coming weeks.

NGK says many thousands of vehicles will fail the MoT test on emissions leading to increased demand for Lambda sensor replacement and coinciding with a big demand for pre-winter servicing spark plug and glow plug replacement.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “For the past few months we have been predicting that workshops were in for a very busy Autumn as they deal with the increase in demand for MoTs and that has now been echoed by a leading UK distributor.

“MoTs and pre-winter vehicle servicing demand, will lead to increased replacement of Lambda sensors for vehicles that fail the MoT emission test and also spark and glow plug replacement as owners make sure their vehicles are in good order in preparation for the cold winter months.”

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd says workshops should be prepared by selecting and fitting its market-leading range of spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.


Notes to Editors


Worldwide: NGK SPARK PLUG is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment customers across the globe. For the Aftermarket, its product portfolio comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand. Under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics the company offers oxygen sensors (including NOx sensors), exhaust gas temperature sensors (EGTS), mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute/boost pressure (MAP) sensors as well as engine speed and position sensors. With around 16,400 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.7 billion Euros worldwide. NGK SPARK PLUG’s EMEA sales represent 32% of this global turnover. NGK SPARK PLUG operates on all continents and has 60 group companies, 35 production plants, five Technical Centres and three Venture Labs.


Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK SPARK PLUG’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region the company has six regional companies and more than 1,000 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a Technical Centre in Germany.


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