Parkers Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and help

Parkers is continuously monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to be able to offer the most up-to date motoring news about the changing situation. The health and safety of our readers is our top priority and our advice is constantly updated, guided by current UK government alerts and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The links below are intended to offer help, information and guidance for all of our readers – from how to store your car for a period of long inactivity to how the new MoT regulations will affect key workers still driving their cars, vans and pickups. For this and much, much more – follow the links below.

Continue reading: 10 useful driving tips during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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10 useful driving tips during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Key workers' cars will be prioritised during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

What to do if your car runs out of MoT?

If it runs out after 30 March 2020, six months' MoT will be added automatically, effective for 12 months. So if it runs out on 10 April, six months will be added automatically, making your new MoT expiry date 10 October 2020. You can check when your tax and MoT are due online here.

Is your warranty still valid if you're late for a service?

Although most manufacturers are saying different things, the basic answer is yes. Most are simply extending their warranties by a month, and saying as long as a service was booked and you've kept your miles down, if you're late for a service the warranty is still honoured.

Keeping your car clean and yourself safe

If you're sharing a car during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's absolutely essential you keep it clean inside and out, so as not to spread the virus. We show you how.

When to travel and how to stay safe

If you're not a key worker, then you should really only be driving when absolutely necessary – so, driving to the shops or for medicine is okay, otherwise try and walk instead. Having said that, if you are driving, try and drive at the time you're least likely to meet any other traffic.

What if my car breaks down during a journey?

Both the RAC and AA have confirmed that breakdown services are still operating, but they will be prioritising key workers when it comes to responding to calls.

Car sharing: who can I give lifts to?

The government line is that you should always try to travel alone, only making exceptions for people in your households.

Can you declare your vehicle off-road and not pay road tax?

Yes, if it is actually parked off the road. You just need to register it for SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) with the DVLA. This means you won't pay tax while it's declared off-road. You can do this by following this link to the DVLA website.

What to do if you can't make your finance payments

Always talk to your finance provider in plenty of time, and state what your difficulties are. Most offer payment holidays, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

What to do if you're leaving your vehicle parked for weeks?

The best advice is to over-pressure your tyres, clean it thoroughly inside and out and if you can, leave the battery on a trickle charger to keep it topped up. Going back to start it up on a weekly basis and not running it up to temperature will actually do more harm than good.

Buying and selling your car without leaving home

Yes, this is possible, and we have links above to car manufacturers who offer online buying and selling, as well as a full guide to how to lease a new car online, too...

Finally, you can get in touch about anything else you need to know.

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