MOT- you need one, but how many of us know why or what they test?
This post aims to answer all your questions so you feel fully informed. So, let’s get started.
- What does is stand for?! An MOT Test stands for a Ministry of Transport test introduced in 1960. The Ministry of Transport is a now defunct government department but the name stuck.
- When do I need an MOT? An MOT is required annually for every vehicle, starting on the third anniversary of it registration. There are some exceptions like classic cars (over 40 years old) and tractors. You can find that info here.
- So, if it’s an annual test and I have it done a bit early does it last a year from that date or extend the original expiry date by a year? This is a great question which often causes some confusion. An MOT test will last you for 12 months. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before your expiry date and keep the same renewal date. You can get your MOT done earlier than that BUT the renewal date for the following year will be one year (minus a day) from the date it passes its test.
- What if my MOT runs out! Legally, without an MOT you cannot drive your vehicle on the road. There are 2 exceptions to this; if you are driving the car directly to a pre-booked MOT test OR you are driving it to or from somewhere to be repaired. The penalty can range from a £100 fixed penalty fine to a £1000 court fine!
- What’s included in my MOT? The MOT test checks the important parts of your vehicle to make sure they are safe and road worthy. Below is an image to give you an idea but you can find the full list and descriptions here. The MOT doesn’t check the general mechanical condition of your car, the engine, gearbox or clutch.
- How much is an MOT? The government states a maximum fee that can be charged for a class 4 MOT test (this is a standard car MOT) which is £54.85. At Jeepers Keepers we charge £35.00. You do not pay VAT on an MOT test.
- How do I remember it’s time for my MOT!? To give you peace of mind, we send out annual MOT and service reminders to our customers to make sure you know when it’s due. We can do this by letter, text or email, just let us know your contact preference. There’s also a handy reminder service on the gov.uk website you can sign up for too! You can sign up here.
- Who can do my MOT? An MOT can only be done by a registered, trained MOT technician. Garages giving MOTs will have the blue sign with 3 white triangles showing. At Jeepers Keepers our MOTs are done by a fully independent, registered MOT station who we work closely with to ensure our customers get a completely independent and full MOT every time AND get the best prices.
- What if my car fails its MOT? If the MOT technician lists any ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problems with your vehicle this will count as a fail and you will get a ‘Refusal of an MOT’ certificate. If your current MOT certificate is still valid and the fail is based on ‘major’ problems you will be able to take your car away before repairing it. If the fail is based on ‘dangerous’ problems you are legally not allowed to drive the car on the road until it is fixed .
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a ‘dangerous’ problem!
- How much is a retest after a failed MOT? Following a fail, if you leave your vehicle with the garage you will only need a partial retest (to test the bits that failed). If it is retested within 10 working days the retest is free. Legally, a garage can charge you a partial retest fee under some circumstances, however at Jeepers Keepers, as long at the repairs and retest are done in 10 working days we won’t charge you any retest fees.