You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. We don’t carry out MOT Tests but can help you cut the cost of any MOT repairs highlighted during the test.
An MOT It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
You must get an MOT test for your car by either: the third anniversary of its registration the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old. In some cases, you’ll need to get a test when it’s one year old.
You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is one month before it expires – this date is printed on the pass certificate.
You must use an approved MOT test centre to get your MOT. Only centres showing the blue sign with 3 white triangles can carry out your MOT. MOT repairs can be caried out at any reputable service centre before being taken back to the MOT centre for ReTest.
You’ll get a ‘notification of failure’ from the test centre if your vehicle fails the test. The failure will be recorded in the secure central MOT database.
You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (ie you got it tested before the expiry date). However, you might be stopped by police and prosecuted if your vehicle is unroadworthy.
If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired, you can only drive it to:
- have the failed defects repaired
- a pre-arranged MOT test appointment
Further information for MOT can be foung at https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/the-mot-test