MOT explained 1

Vehicles over three years old are required by law to have an MOT certificate. Formally known as the Ministry of Transport test, the MOT is essentially a safety check in which a DVSA accredited inspector ensures your vehicle is roadworthy and that it meets exhaust emission standards.

During the test, our inspector undertakes a comprehensive series of checks, examining your vehicle’s interior and exterior condition, as well as the engine. The result of each check is recorded and the outcome of the test will be either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.

If your vehicle fails its MOT, you must take corrective action before you can legally drive it again. You will be provided with a quotation for the work required by a member of our MOT team.

Our inspector will also highlight any ‘advisory’ items to you. These are not fail areas but are items that are likely to require attention prior to your next MOT. You may decide to have these rectified at the time of you MOT or at a later date – again, an estimate will be provided for this work.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the mechanical condition of your vehicle is not checked during an MOT. That’s why it’s important to have your vehicle serviced regularly. Remember too that you can save money by having both carried out at once.

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When is My MOT Due?

Your vehicle doesn’t need to have an MOT certificate to cover its first three years on the road. Your first MOT is required three years following the date of first registration. Thereafter, it’s your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. You can find the expiry date of your MOT on your existing MOT test certificate. You can also register here for our free MOT reminder service.

You can book your MOT up to a maximum of 28 days in advance of the due date. The expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one, rather than 12 months from the day you took the test, so there’s no down side to making arrangements in advance.

Take Care

Police don’t need to stop you to find out if your vehicle has a current and valid MOT certificate. They are now able to check this remotely so please take care to make sure you’re not caught out by mistake.

Can I Still Drive My Car Even if it Fails the MOT?

We would recommend that any faults found during an MOT are repaired before you drive your car. Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle is extremely dangerous to you, your passengers and other drivers.

What do I Need to Take with Me?

Just your car – it’s as simple as that! Our MOT inspector will be able to look your vehicle up on the DVSA system to find the existing MOT details and will date your new MOT certificate 12 months from the current due date.

Can I get a Replacement MOT Certificate?

Yes, if you have lost your certificate we can provide you with a new one. We’ll need the vehicle registration number and either the MOT test number or V5C document reference number. A fee for a replacement certificate may be applicable.

What’s Included in Your MOT

To pass the MOT test your vehicle must meet the minimum standards set out by the DVSA. The following components are checked during the test.

  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Registration plate
  • Lights & signalling equipment
  • Steering & suspension
  • Window wipers
  • Driver visibility (windscreen and mirrors)
  • Horn
  • Seat belts
  • Seats
  • Exhaust, fuel system & emissions
  • Bodywork, including doors
  • Brakes
  • Wheels & tyres

The result of each check is recorded and, all being well, a pass certificate will be issued. If your vehicle fails the MOT for any reason, our MOT tester will be on hand to explain what work has to be carried out to get your vehicle safely back on the road again.