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What is an MOT?

An MOT test (Ministry of Transport test) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and emissions. MOT tests are a legal requirement for the majority of cars aged three years and over. The test is controlled by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), and MOTs must be carried out by a qualified and approved ‘Nominated Tester.

The test follows strict criteria outlined by the DVSA to determine whether your car is legally road safe. A range of safety checks must be carried out at an MOT Test Centre using DVSA Approved equipment by the DVSA Accredited Nominated Tester.

An MOT is not the same as a service, it does not check the complete mechanical condition of the vehicle being tested. An MOT checks the safety aspects and components of the vehicle which directly affect the passengers in said vehicle or other members on the road. Furthermore, an MOT is based on the condition of the vehicle at the time of the test, it does not guarantee the condition of your vehicle several months later.

Do I need an MOT?

An MOT is required by law for a vehicle to legally be driven on public roads. Without a valid MOT, you cannot renew your road tax. Vehicles driven on public roads without a valid MOT can incur a fine of up to £1000!

How often does an MOT need to be done?

A valid MOT certificate is required for any vehicle which is more than 3 years old. The age of the vehicle is counted from the date the vehicle was registered. Once the vehicle is 3 years old, it is the registered keeper’s responsibility to ensure the MOT is renewed every 12 months.

How long does an MOT last?

An MOT is usually valid for 12 months from the expiry date of the previous valid MOT. This is only the case if the MOT is renewed before the current MOT has expired. If the vehicle being tested does not have a valid MOT, the new MOT will be valid for 12 months from the date of the test.

Should I bring my old MOT certificate and log book?

You only need to bring the vehicle which you need tested. With access to the DVSA database, we will be able to find your current MOT status.

You can book your test up to a month earlier than you current due date. This will not affect your existing due date and also will give you 13 months of MOT.

Do electric or hybrid vehicles need an MOT test?

Electric and hybrid  vehicles need an MOT just like the petrol or diesel if they are older than 3 years.However, there is no emissions test required for electric or hybrid vehicles.

What is my vehicle failed the MOT?

Your vehicle will fail an MOT if it does not meet the standards set out by DVSA for a roadworthy vehicle. In this case, you need repair all the defects due to which your vehicle failed the MOT before it can be retested.

Is my insurance valid without a valid MOT?

It depends on the type of the policy and nature of the incident. however, in many cases, if the vehicle has failed an MOT or MOT expire, the insurance is invalid.

Avoid driving without valid MOT:

You can simply check your MOT expiry date on the GOV.UK website. Make a note of your expiry date and set reminders to avoid driving without a valid MOT.

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