When Do I Need an MOT Check?

Oct 21, 2020

When Do I Need an MOT Check?

When a vehicle reaches three years old or more, they must have a current MOT test certificate and you must renew this once a year. If you have a car it is up to you to make sure it is examined annually. You can find out when your current MOT expires by looking at your test certificate or on the gov.uk site.

When can you have an MOT test?

Once you find out you can book a test a month (minus a day) before your current certificate expires, the expiry date associated with your new MOT will still be a year from when your old one expires rather than a changed date.

Basically, you won’t lose days if you choose to have your car tested early, there’s also the option to book in advance if this is the most convenient option for you.

Does my car need a test every year?

Yes, after the first MOT test you need to have a test every year after. After the first test, you’ll need to have a MOT check for your car’s roadworthiness every 12 months. You won’t have to go back to the original registration date again, just work 12 months from the last MOT date. You can get an MOT within a month of it running out and keep the same renewal date.

Can I drive without an MOT?

If you decide to ignore the MOT test, you can be fined up to £1000 without a valid certificate and the financial costs are nothing compared to the cost of safety of you, your passengers and other drivers. There are some exceptions which are if you are driving the car to a garage for repairs or if you are driving to a pre-arranged MOT test.

MOT checks cover vital areas like your brakes, tyres and exhausts and help to keep both you and other road users safe. Get your vehicle checked over by a professional before your MOT test, find a mechanic in your local area with MyCarNeedsA.com! Get your quote.

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