All About MOTs

We need one every year, but to you know what they cover?

Here’s a handy run though of the what’s and why’s of an MOT.

What is it and when do I need one?

  • 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.
  • What if I get it tested early? 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!
  • Who can do my MOT? An MOT can only be done by a registered, trained MOT technician. Our MOTs are done by a fully independent, registered MOT station who we work closely with to ensure you get a completely independent, full MOT every time AND get the best prices.

So what’s included?

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.

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Testing, Fails and Retests

  • 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.
  • What about reminders? To give you peace of mind, we send out annual MOT and service reminders to our customers. There’s also a handy reminder service on the gov.uk website you can sign up for too!
  • What if my car fails its MOT? If the MOT technician lists any ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problems with your vehicle you will get a ‘Refusal of an MOT’ certificate. If your current MOT certificate is still in date 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!

What about a retest?

Following a fail, if you leave your vehicle with the garage you will only need a partial retest. 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.

Is there anything we missed? Do you need to book your MOT?

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