Is MOT a legal requirement?
MOTs have been a necessary component of driving and maintaining a car in the United Kingdom since 1960. An annual MOT is a service performed by a certified MOT garage. This service examines the vehicle’s key features as well as emission tests. You must have a ‘PASS’ MOT certificate to legally drive your vehicle.
Is MOT different to Servicing?
A MOT test differs from an annual vehicle service in that it examines the vehicle’s important safety features rather than the vehicle’s overall health. An MOT certifies that your vehicle is roadworthy, but it does not imply that it is in good working order. This is where an annual vehicle service is required.
How much does an MOT cost?
The price of a MOT is set by the individual garage, however by law, garages cannot charge you more than £54.85.
How long does MOT service take?
MOTs can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, so it’s simple to schedule one if you have a busy schedule. However, if your vehicle requires further work, the process may take longer.
What is checked with an MOT service?
The list below contains all the features checked at your MOT service:
- Body, vehicle structure and general items
- Fuel system
- Exhaust emissions & Exhaust system
- Seatbelts & Seats
- Doors & Mirrors
- Load Security
- Tyres and wheels
- Registration plates
- Lights & Bonnet
- Wipers, washers and windscreen
- Steering and suspension
- Vehicle identification number
For more information about these services you can visit the gov.uk website.
What happens if my car fails/ passes?
When your vehicle passes the MOT test, the test centre will provide you a pass certificate, which will list any minor faults that can be addressed in the future. If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you may not be permitted to drive it away unless you have a valid pass certificate that is still valid. If you do not have this, the issues pointed out will need to be fixed for you to get a pass certificate and drive your car away.