Your digital garage
THERE are two types of car owners. There are the ones who keep their motor pristine, inside and out. They can be spotted in their driveway every Sunday morning, usually sporting a quilted Barbour jacket and a pair of wellies, washing and waxing their car to within an inch of its life. They leave nothing to chance when it comes to their cherished motor. Then there’s the rest of us.
We might whizz through the car wash once a month or so and as for running a quick vacuum over the interior, well let’s just say that most of the CDs crammed into the glove compartment were probably still in the charts when that last happened.
However, no matter what your relationship with your vehicle is like, it always pays to be on top of things. That’s why, as part of your Homible profile, there is an online document drawer that looks after your vehicles. We’re a smart bunch here at Homible HQ and after much deliberation, we’ve called this section ‘My Garage’ (see what we did there?).
All you have to do is type in your car’s registration number and then the magic happens. Your vehicles details will be safely stored away in the ‘my garage’ document drawer. Those all important dates for MOT and Road tax will be automatically gathered from government databases and then the dates stored in the central calendar. So when it comes to taxing or MOT’ing your motor, we’ll email you in plenty of time. Got a new car? Then we’ll even tell you when your first MOT is due.
If your last MOT flagged up any advisory notes, they’ll be stored here too, making sure you’re aware of any work that needs doing to your vehicle prior to your next test.
Keeping on top of such information can prove vital when you consider that driving a car without a valid MOT certificate can see you landed with a fine anywhere between £100 and £1000. A fine might be the least of your worries, however, as if your vehicle is without an MOT and is involved in an accident, it could invalidate your car insurance.
Even spinning about in your motor a week or two after its MOT certificate expires is a risky business. According to research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 70% of motorists only made their way to an MOT centre a week after their certificate had expired. Almost a quarter of drivers let a month go by before putting their motor through the test while seven percent waited for more than six months.
Habiplace will give you a friendly reminder when your test is due so you can get it booked in and get any necessary work done to ensure it passes with flying colours (and we’re not talking about go faster stripes here).
It’s nice to get a reminder about these things, especially since the trusty tax disc was done away with a few years ago. Keeping your vehicle’s details tucked away in a document drawer in your profile will mean you’ll always be on top of things and cruise past those DVLA cameras safe in the knowledge that you’re all up to date.
PS did we mention that we do all that by just typing in your Reg number?