May 26, 2020
When your car is more than three years old, it’s a legal requirement to have a yearly MOT test to prove that your car is safe on the road.
As we mentioned, once your car is more than three years old it must be tested each year to check it meets road safety and environmental standards. The Ministry of Transport test is more commonly known as MOT and there are around 21 authorised test centres in the UK. You cannot drive without a valid MOT certificate unless you’re driving to a test centre to have your MOT test carried out.
Most vehicles require a class four MOT test, however you can check what class of test your vehicle requires here - https://mycarneedsa.com/blog/what-mot-class-does-my-vehicle-fall-into
A MOT will test a lot of your cars features such as tyre tread, lights, mirrors, seatbelts, wipers, suspension and exhaust system. It does not cover the condition of your engine, clutch and gear box. Click to find out what is checked on a MOT test here - https://mycarneedsa.com/blog/what-is-checked-on-an-mot
On average, a MOT test will take between 45 and 60 minutes. In the event that your vehicle fails the tests and repairs need to be made, this will take longer. A test centre will not let you drive away a car that has failed a MOT unless you’re taking the car straight to the garage to have the faults fixed. The second test will usually take less than an hour providing all the essential repairs are fixed.
Thanks to gov.uk, you can check the past results of a vehicle’s MOT test online. You can check if a vehicle has passed or failed, where the test was done, what parts failed the test and when it is next due a MOT test. You will only be able to see results for tests done in England, Scotland and Wales since 2005. Check MOT History https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history
If you’re a resident in Northern Ireland, you are unable to check the MOT history of a vehicle online for vehicles tested in NI.
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