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The MOT Test
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.
It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
When to test
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
The MOT text reminder service finished in August 2014. You’ll be sent one more reminder if you registered in the last 12 months.
In some cases, you’ll need to get a test when it’s one year old - get in touch to see if this applies to your vehicle.
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.
Approved centres must show an official ‘MOT Test: Fees and Appeals’ poster on a public notice board on their premises. This must list contact details for your local DVSA area office.
If your MOT has expired
You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT’s expired. You could be prosecuted if caught.
The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre.
If your vehicle passes the test
You’ll get an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered onto the secure central MOT database if your vehicle passes the test.
Mileage information on the test certificate
Test certificates show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime.
This is shown on the certificate as the ‘odometer reading and history’.
If an earlier mileage is higher than a later one this could be due to:
• a mistake by an MOT tester
• a speedometer replacement
• ‘clocking’ or tampering with your vehicle’s mileage
Mistakes on an earlier mileage can’t be changed. Check the latest mileage is correct and report any mistakes to the MOT centre within 7 days.
If your vehicle fails the test
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
Your vehicle may be able to have a partial retest for free or a reduced MOT fee in the following cases.
Leaving your vehicle at the test centre
If the vehicle’s left at the test centre for repair and retested before the end of 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. There’s no fee.
Bringing your vehicle back to the test centre
You won’t have to pay again if the vehicle’s brought back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest
Bringing your vehicle back within 10 working days
If the vehicle is removed from the test centre for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. In this case a partial retest fee may be charged.
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If it's come time to book your vehicle in for its MOT, get in touch with your local St Peter's dealership! You can either book in person, online using the BOOK NOW button below, or by giving your local dealership a call.
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