An MOT test is an annual inspection that is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are older than 3 years. The test follows strict criteria that is set out by the DVSA to determine whether your car is fit for purpose and roadworthy.
During the MOT test, a technician will assess your vehicle, will conduct a comprehensive inspection to ensure the vehicle is in roadworthy condition. However, it is not the same as having your vehicle serviced and the MOT test does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.
If the vehicle passes, the tester will provide you with a pass certificate. They will also separately list and inform you of any 'advisory' or 'minor' items that will require attention in the near future so you can keep an eye on them.
Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple faults such as faulty bulbs or empty screen washer fluid. It's possible to anticipate most of these issues before your MOT is due, with a few simple checks.
Once a car is more than three years old from the date of its registration, it is a legal requirement to have a valid MOT Certificate, obtained by passing an MOT test. Once it has passed its test, you have a year until the next one must be performed.
We are Official car dealers for 9 brands including Audi, CUPRA, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Peugeot, SEAT, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Vans; offering MOTs across all of these locations. To get a price for a specific branded MOT, please visit the brand page.
An average MOT test usually takes around 45 and 60 minutes, but there are a couple of things that you also need to take into consideration. If your vehicle fails the test and repairs need to be made, this will case the MOT test to take take longer.
Test centres can require you to drop your vehicle off first thing in the morning and collect it when ready.This can mean that you are without a car for a few hours or the day. Make sure you have arrangements for transportation on the day of your test.