The function of a car MOT is to make sure that your car is safe for you to drive and not a danger to other road users. To this end, the Government has devised a test to be undertaken annually by every vehicle in the UK. This is the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) which have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can usually get car servicing at the same time as your MOT to fix any issues you may have. However, it isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
The MOT test demonstrates that your car has passed vehicle safety and exhaust emission checks undertaken at an approved MOT Centre. Failure to meet any of these required standards means that your car should be taken off the road. 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.
Some examples of the problems your car could have and are checked in an MOT test include your car’s brakes, tyres / wheels, the car battery, electrical components, steering, the car body, windscreen, the exhaust system. The list goes on...
Make sure that your car is fully MOT’d by an accredited garage by using MyCarNeedsA.com to find you the most suitable MOT Test Centre. Our trusted suppliers will provide a number of quotes based on your requirements, allowing you to choose based on cost, convenience, service or whatever is important to you.
When Does My Car Need An MOT Test? Once a vehicle is 3 years old (4 years old in Northern Ireland or 1 year old in other cases) it will need an MOT test every year. Reminders are no longer sent out to the registered car owner so put it in your diary because your car MOT check is a vital part of responsible vehicle ownership.You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is 1 month before it expires - this date is printed on the pass certificate.
You can book your car into an official MOT Test Centre (a garage displaying a blue sign with 3 white triangles) for a relatively small fee up to a month before its test is due.
What If My Car Passes...Or Fails? The approved tester will let you know if your vehicle has passed its MOT by issuing a certificate and recording the fact in an online database.
If your car fails, don’t panic. The Test Centre will let you know where your vehicle has fallen short, and you can have the car repaired and re-tested within 10 days (often without an additional fee).
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.
My Vehicle’s MOT Test Is Overdue Because the MOT test is a safety check, it is illegal to drive your car without a current certificate, since it could potentially put you, other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Be aware that if your vehicle has failed its MOT check or its certificate has expired, you will only legally be allowed to drive it to a garage for repair or to a pre-booked appointment at an official MOT Centre. If you do choose to drive your car without an MOT, your insurance will be invalid and you could be liable for a fine of £1,000.
How Do I Book An MOT Test? MyCarNeedsA.com can provide you with a number of quotes from approved Test Centres. Choose the most convenient quote for you - the right price, at home or at work, with or without a courtesy car, at the weekend or during the week - the choice is yours.
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