Coronavirus FAQ


We have tried to answer some questions as best we can about using your car during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus FAQ

Please note – the following is not constitute health advice, and the official advice from the Government can change at any time. For the latest information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak please check official sources such as GOV.UK or NHS.UK.

What is ‘essential travel’?

As of 24th March 2020, Government advice is to stay at home until further notice, apart from for essential reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities
  • trips to a pharmacy for any medical need
  • to provide care for a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling for work purposes, if the work cannot be done from home

I’m worried my car won’t start when I need it  – what can I do?

It is right to consider that car batteries may go flat because you are driving less than normal. Simply starting the car occasionally isn’t likely to help, it may even drain a weak battery. As government advice says only drive when essential, you will have to rely on these trips to keep your battery healthy. If your car is kept in a garage, you could use a trickle charger to keep the battery charged.

My car’s MOT is due but I can’t leave the house – what do I do?

If your MOT Ellesmere Port is due after 30th March 2020 until the end of restrictions, you will automatically receive a six-month extension. Your vehicle must still be kept in a roadworthy condition.

My car is due a service – what do I do?

You will need to wait until such a time as you can safely drive the car to take it to a garage. A service is not considered essential work at the present time.

Car Clinic MOT Centre

Car Clinic MOT Centre & Car Garage Ellesmere Port is currently closed until Monday 27th April in the interests of the health, safety and well-being of our staff and customers. Please continue to check our Facebook page for updates, as we will be staying connected with our valued customers. Look after one another, we will see you soon.