An MOT should take place on the third anniversary of a vehicle’s registration – or, on an annual basis if the vehicle is more than three years old. An MOT is a legal requirement that affects almost all cars. Some exemptions apply, full details can be found here.
An MOT examines important vehicular aspects, checking whether or not a car meets minimum legal standards. MOT testing is not the same as servicing because the mechanical condition of a vehicle isn’t looked into; for instance, the engine, gearbox or clutch doesn’t come under the MOT purview.
Here at Fred Coupe Motor Store, we’re approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which means our highly trained technical crew is authorised to carry out an MOT on your car.
During an MOT, one of our technicians (or ‘tester’) conducts a thorough vehicular inspection. If everything’s in working order, an MOT certificate is provided – as is a separate list of ‘advisory’ details that require imminent attention.
The RAC states that MOT failure rates are chiefly caused by the following issues:
Handbrakes and tyres are other examples of MOT failure causes.
To ensure your car stands the best chance of passing its MOT, please check the following on a regular basis:
Please note: before doing any of the above, make sure your vehicle has cooled down after use. This is because some elements may still be hot to the touch.
You could be fined up to £2,500, receive a driving ban and have three penalty points added to your licence.
Clean the interior of your car, making sure that there are no obstructions which might impair the tester’s job.
You don’t have to but it’s a good idea because it will give your vehicle the best chance of passing its MOT.
MOT inspections can occur up to 28 days before the current certificate is due to expire, and don’t worry, you won’t lose the remaining days.
A standard MOT certificate is valid for 12 months – from the point when the test takes place, unless it occurs early (see the above question), in which case it’s valid for up to 13 months.
No. This isn’t covered by an MOT. However, if your car has tyre damage, and this is significantly impacting pressure, the vehicle could fail.
You’ll be provided with an MOT report. This will outline the cause (or causes) of failure. You’ll receive a separate list too, which will indicate minor (advisory) details that require your attention.