The MOT is a complex test that ensures that all vehicles on the road adhere to emissions and safety standards. With this concise FAQ, we aim to provide a one-stop-shop for MOT information, and in doing so hope to make the process easier. So let’s get started!

What is the MOT?

The MOT scheme is a road safety initiative that ensures a minimal level of vehicle safety on UK roads. MOT stands for Ministry of Transport.

What Does the MOT cost?

The government body VOSA regulates the cost of the MOT. Here is a breakdown:

  • Classes I and II. This includes motorcycles and motorcycles with a sidecar. Cost: £23.80 for the former and £30.40 for the latter.
  • Class III. Three-wheeled vehicles. Cost: £30.40.
  • Class IV. Cars up to 8 passengers, motor caravans, three-wheeled vehicles, quads, PSVs, Goods vehicles, taxies and ambulances: £50.35.
  • Class V: Private passenger vehicles: £47.95.
  • Class VII: Goods vehicles over 3000kg and up to 3500kg: £47.20.

When is My Mot Due?

The easiest way to monitor your MOT, vehicle tax and insurance due dates is to sign up for our free app, YesMechanic. Our secure system pushes alerts to your mobile phone or email. You’ll never have to pay late fees again! To get your initial due date simply consult the Vehicle Enquiry Service. To use this service, have your vehicle registration handy.

When Can I Get My MOT Done?

Your first MOT is due three years after you register your vehicle, and then every year thereafter. However, after your first MOT, you can have your car inspected at any time. Doing so will reset your due date.

Are Any Vehicles exempted?

Yes. Three types of vehicles are exempt:

  • Vehicles manufactured before 1960.
  • Delivery vehicles powered by electricity.
  • Tractors.

What if I’ve lost my Certificate?

If you’ve lost your certificate, any certified inspector should be able to provide you with a new one.

You will need:

  • Government issued ID.
  • Vehicle registration number.
  • Original MOT test number or V5C document reference number.

You will probably have to pay a fee for this service. The average fee is around £10.

If I fail the MOT, can I still drive my car?

No. If you fail the MOT, your inspector will provide you with a ‘refusal of a MOT test certificate.’ This certificate contains the following information:

  • Make
  • Model
  • Colour
  • Vehicle identification number
  • Odometer reading
  • Registration mark
  • MOT test number
  • Date of original MOT
  • A written statement outlining the reason your car did not pass the MOT

This is a sample certificate.

You must repair the issues specified in the certificate and then schedule another MOT examination.

How Do I Prepare for the MOT?

We’ve written a detailed answer to this question here, but following is a general breakdown.

  • Make sure that the VIN is present and is not obscured.
  • Make sure you have the keys for the ignition, boot, fuel cap and doors.
  • Check your power steering, screenwash and coolant levels.
  • Check your oil level.
  • Fill your gas tank.
  • Set your headlight adjusters to off.

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What Happens When I Pass?

When you pass, your inspector will present you with a MOT certificate and your result will be entered into the MOT database. The certificate contains an odometer reading as well as the readings from the last three inspections. If you see an inaccuracy, you must report it within 7 days.

Many motorists assume that passing the MOT means their car will remain roadworthy for another year. This is a dangerous assumption. The MOT confirms that the vehicle is in safe condition on the day it was inspected. Furthermore, the MOT doesn’t check for all items that make for a safe car, such as:

  • The spare tyre
  • Rear wiper
  • Heater or air conditioning system
  • Reversing light

Most manufacturers require motorists to service their cars at regular intervals. Note that this is not the same as passing the MOT. If you don’t get your car serviced regularly, you may void your warranty. Plus, showing a strong service history will enable you to sell your vehicle for more than you otherwise could.

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