We are authorised to carry out Class IV MOT tests and send customers an annual reminder from our database.

Current regulations allow up to 10 working days for a retest to be carried out following MOT failure. We carry out MOT retests free of charge whether we have done the MOT repair work or a third party.

Please ring 01483 764766 to book for an MOT appointment.

Please see the information below all about MOTs, just click on the headers to see the information.

1. When to get an MOT

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old

Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old – check the MOT fees table on the ‘3. MOT Test Costs’ tab to see which.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Earliest date you can get an MOT

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

ExampleIf your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.

You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.

The MOT text reminder service finished in August 2014. You’ll be sent one more reminder if you registered in the last 12 months.

If the MOT has run out

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test

2. Booking an MOT

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.

How you can book

Contact an MOT centre to book an MOT.

There are maximum fees that the MOT centre can charge.

3. MOT costs

There’s a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle. We are currently able to carry out class 4 tests but below is a complete list of the current maximum charges.

The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle.

You don’t pay VAT on the fee.

Class Vehicle type Age first MOT needed (years) Maximum MOT fee
1 Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc) 3 £29.65
1 Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc) 3 £37.80
2 Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc) 3 £29.65
2 Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc) 3 £37.80
3 3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight) 3 £37.80
4 3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight) 3 £54.85
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 3 £54.85
4 Motor caravans 3 £54.85
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw) 3 £54.85
4 Dual purpose vehicles 3 £54.85
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats) 3 £54.85
4 Ambulances and taxis 1 £54.85
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats) 1 £57.30
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight) 3 £54.85
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check n/a £64
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats) 1 £59.55
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats) 1 £80.65
5 Playbuses 1 £80.65
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check n/a £80.50
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check n/a £124.50
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight) 3 £58.60

4. How the MOT test works

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

You can watch the test from a viewing area but you’re not allowed to interrupt the tester.

Parts that are tested

You can read more about what’s tested for cars and motorcycles.

The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

The MOT guide and inspection manuals tell you everything that’s tested. Note: this link will take you to the gov.uk website.

5. MOT test result

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you’ll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • you’ll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

Mileage reading

The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the ‘odometer reading and history’.

Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.

Mistakes on an earlier mileage can’t be changed.

Failing the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

  • you’ll get a ‘refusal of an MOT test certificate’ from the test centre
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

You can appeal the result if you think it’s wrong.

Driving a vehicle that’s failed

You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the MOT and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (ie you got it tested before the MOT ran out).

If the vehicle fails the test and the MOT has run out, you can only drive it to:

  • have the failed defects fixed
  • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

6. Retest after a repair

In some cases your vehicle can have a partial retest for free or a reduced MOT fee.

Leaving your vehicle for repair

You only need a partial retest if you leave the vehicle at the test centre for repair and it’s retested within 10 working days. There’s no fee for this.

Taking your vehicle away for repairs

You can take your vehicle away if your MOT certificate is still valid.

You can only take your vehicle to or from somewhere to be repaired if your MOT has run out.

Taking it back for a retest the next working day

You won’t have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of these items:

  • access panels
  • battery
  • bonnet
  • bootlid
  • brake pedal antislip
  • break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
  • doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
  • door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
  • dropsides
  • electrical wiring
  • emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
  • fuel filler cap
  • headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (that doesn’t need a headlamp aim check)
  • horn
  • lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
  • loading door
  • main beam ‘tell-tale’
  • mirrors
  • rear reflectors
  • registration plates
  • seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
  • seats
  • sharp edges or projections
  • stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • steering wheel
  • tailboard
  • tailgate
  • trailer electrical sockets
  • towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
  • tyre pressure monitoring system
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • windscreen glass, wipers and washers
  • wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)

Taking it back for a retest within 10 working days

You’ll only need a partial retest if you take the vehicle from the test centre for repairs and take it back within 10 working days. You can be charged a partial retest fee for this.

In all other cases, you’ll need to get a full retest and pay the full MOT test fee again.

7. Test result appeals and problems

If your vehicle fails its MOT, you need to discuss your test results with the test centre before anyone starts repairs. You can appeal against the failure if you think it’s wrong.

  1. Fill in the appeal form and send it to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) within 14 working days of the test.
  2. DVSA will offer you an appointment within 5 days to recheck your vehicle – you’ll need to pay the full test fee again.
  3. You’ll get some or all of the fee back if your appeal is successful.

You should not have any repairs made until the appeal process has finished.

If you think your car has passed when it shouldn’t have

Contact your local DVSA office as soon as possible.

If your complaint is accepted, you’ll get an appointment within 5 working days to recheck your vehicle for free as long as:

  • no more than 3 months has passed since the MOT test if it’s a corrosion-related problem
  • no more than 28 days has passed for other defects

You’ll get an inspection report listing any vehicle defects and advisory items.

You can take your own action against an MOT test centre through Trading Standards, personal legal proceedings or reporting the centre to the police. DVSA can’t help you take action against a centre.

If you think your MOT certificate isn’t genuine

You can check that your MOT certificate is genuine by checking its MOT status. Note: this link will take you to the gov.uk website.

If you’re unhappy with your MOT service

Contact DVSA if you’re not happy with your MOT service.

DVSA
Telephone: 0300 123 9000
Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6pm

8. Vehicles that don’t need an MOT

You don’t need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn’t reached the age its first MOT is needed.

Exempt vehicles

Other vehicles that don’t need an MOT include:

  • cars and motorcycles made before 1960
  • goods vehicles powered by electricity
  • tractors

A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

Lorries, buses and trailers

You must get an annual test for lorries, buses and trailers instead of an MOT. It’s sometimes called the ‘annual vehicle test’.

Information taken from gov.uk – all information correct as of July 2015