To drive my car knowing MOT has expired?

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Bouncingbeans Sun 18-Nov-12 20:22:26

Desperate situation and cant sleep for worrying.

I am normally very law-abiding (honestly) and would never normally consider this but my MOT expired last week. It failed due to leaks and other problems which will cost me around £300 to fix. The mechanic confirmed it is safe to drive for now but they were not aware of expiry date and I didnt tell them that it had expired that day.

Heres the dilemma. I cannot get DD to school and then myself to work without my car. I am in serious financial problems with a debt management plan in place and no family that I can reach out to for help. My exH left me around 5 years ago and I have struggled through in that time, building up credit card debts and stupidly getting into lots of problems but trying so hard to keep roof over our heads. I have no savings and no access to any credit/extra money due to the DMP.

I will be able to pay for the car repairs when I get paid on 28th by using money I was going to use for Christmas (juggling around Direct Debits). I cannot afford to take that amount of time off work by asking for unpaid leave and it would not go down well to phone in sick either.

Really cant get my head around what to do. Public transport is not really possible as would mean trains/buses/long walks but even if I could I do not have the money (car has enough petrol to get me through till payday).

So, aibu to get in my car in the morning? I think it may invalidate my insurance, so does this mean I am putting other people at risk too? I am 52 years old and feel like the biggest idiot ever.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Mon 19-Nov-12 21:46:44

The MOT paperwork has a box that marks it as 'dangerous to drive' but not every car that fails it's MOT will fall into that category.

ilovesooty Tue 20-Nov-12 18:56:21

Glad you've got it sorted out and you are easier in your mind now.

specialsubject Tue 20-Nov-12 20:04:17

delighted to hear something has worked out. Good luck!

Bride1 Tue 20-Nov-12 20:52:49

Best of luck to you, OP. smile

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