MOT Process Explained: What Happens During the Test?

The MOT test in the UK involves a thorough inspection of important parts of a vehicle to ensure they meet legal standards.

MOTs are only valid if they’re done at an authorised test centre. Once a car reaches three years old in England, Wales and Scotland, an MOT will need to be booked each year.

You will have an expiration date by which you must get your next MOT booked.

The process includes checking vehicle details and conducting tests and checks on essential components of the vehicle. Overall, the test typically lasts around 45 minutes to an hour.

If any repairs are required, they can be carried out.

What is the process of the MOT test?

During the test, the examiner checks various components, including the exhaust emissions, steering system, brakes, suspension, tyres and more.

You may be without your car for the best part of the day, depending on how the garage operates. Make alternative plans for transport where possible to accommodate.

If you pass…

If the vehicle passes, an MOT certificate is issued with the test and expiration date. Happy days!

If you fail…

Common reasons for MOT failures include faults with lights, suspension, and brakes. It’s not anything you want to think about, but in the event that you fail your MOT, there are a few things to note.

In case of failure, a record sheet detailing the faults is provided for repairs before a retest within 21 days at a reduced fee or full fee, if beyond that period.

You won’t be able to drive away with a car that’s failed with a fault that’s categorised as dangerous.

You also won’t be able to drive away with a car that fails with a major fault if your current certificate has expired. Major defects require immediate repair but do not render the vehicle unroadworthy.

You are permitted to drive to another garage for repairs, but that is the only reason you are allowed to get behind the wheel of a car that’s failed the test with an expired MOT. That, and driving to your MOT retest.

If your current MOT is still valid and your car is roadworthy, then you can still drive. But, make sure you get the repairs done promptly.

Get your MOT booked

Need to get your car booked in? Contact the team at Vital Vehicle Care for an MOT test in Peterborough.

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