An MOT test is an vehicle inspection that takes place annually. It 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 in roadworthy condition. A broad range of vehicle safety checks must be completed by an MOT garage with DVSA-approved examiners, including lights, tyres, seatbelts and emissions.
During the MOT test, a technician will assess your vehicle, will conduct a comprehensive inspection to ensure the vehicle is in roadworthy condition.
If the vehicle passes, the tester will provide you with a pass certificate as well as a list of 'advisory' or 'minor' items that will require attention in the near future so you can keep an eye on them. If the vehicle fails, you may be entitled to a free re-test.
Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple faults these include 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.
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An MOT test usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes, however there are things you will need to also take into account. If your vehicle fails the test and repairs need to be made, this will cause 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. so make sure you have arrangements for transportation on the day of your test.