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A guide to MOTsBack

If you are considering taking your car for an MOT, the Trusted Dealers can help. In fact, franchised dealers only employ experienced, qualified vehicle technicians to carry out servicing of any kind so you can be sure that your MOT will completed to the very highest standard.

Take a look at the Trusted Dealers’ guide below on MOTs, or to book an MOT today click here.

What is an MOT?

If you own a car which is more than three years old, you are required by law to take it for a regular safety check. The ministry of transport test, more commonly known as the MOT test, is an annual test which ensures that your car is roadworthy and meets with the minimum safety levels required by law.

What happens at an MOT test?

An MOT test consists of a comprehensive series of checks to your vehicle which include an interior, exterior, under the vehicle and under the bonnet inspection, carried out by an authorised person from VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). The result of every check is then recorded and if your vehicle passes, you will be issued with a VT20 pass certificate. A failure to meet with the required standard will evoke a VT30 failure certificate.

Why do I need an MOT certificate?

It is your responsibility to ensure your car is issued with a valid MOT certificate every 12 months – without it you will be unable to drive that vehicle lawfully or renew its road tax and you may not be insured. Recent computerisation of MOT testing by VOSA has made it even more important to hold a current MOT as police and mobile cameras can now check remotely to see if vehicles have a current MOT.

What is the penalty for an invalid MOT certificate?

If you do not hold an up to date MOT certificate you could be faced with a fine, worse still, if you are involved in an accident and you fail to produce a valid MOT certificate it could affect your insurance claim, especially in the case of injury.

When should I take my car for an MOT?

You can take your car for an MOT up to 28 days in advance of its due date. This does not mean that you will lose 28 days of your MOT, if you take it to be tested early you will still receive a new certificate which is valid for a year from the end date of your previous certificate. Once you have booked in for your MOT, you must remember to take your Vehicle Registration Document, known as your ‘V5’ as well as the relevant means to pay for the test.

What should I do if my car fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT, you will be expected to put right any outstanding issues in compliance with the MOT test standards. The notes on the back of your VT30 report should help you to identify any problems. However, if you think that the nominated tester has been unfair, you can appeal against the decision by obtaining a VT17 form. You can obtain a free re-test for your vehicle if it does not leave the testing station and is left there for repair, or if it is returned for a re-test by the next working day.



Posted by Leana Kell on 11/02/2013