Does my car need an MOT?

Most cars, vans and bikes need an MOT certificate when they reach three years old and then every year thereafter. Certain vehicles such as ambulances, taxis and minibuses need an MOT after their first year. When buying a used car some people like to have it put through an MOT even if it has just a few months left, just to ensure they’re buying a sound vehicle.

What does the MOT test check?

In short, the important, safety related items on your car, such as the steering, suspension, electrics, tyres, exhaust, emissions, lights, brakes, body structure, seat belts etc. A full list can be found here. It does not check the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. An MOT is only proof of roadworthiness at the time of the test. For example, sound tyres could be worn down below the legal limit within six months.

What if my car fails its MOT?

If your vehicle fails its MOT test on more serious or expensive items we’ll let you immediately with a clear breakdown of what is required and an estimate of costs. There is no pressure to authorise us to repair your car, although we’d be delighted to repair it to our exacting standards to enable it to then pass an MOT retest. You can leave your car with us for up to 10 days for repairs, following which we will do a partial retest which will not incur a further fee.


You are not allowed to drive a vehicle without a valid MOT unless you are taking it have minor defects repaired or for a pre-arranged MOT test appointment. Driving without a valid MOT test certificate carries a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points. If you feel that your car should have passed its MOT talk to us in the first instant but you can also complain to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

When do I get my certificate?

We’ll give you your certificate once the vehicle has passed its MOT and it is also recorded on the government’s MOT database.

With four lanes for MOT testing, booking is rarely necessary, simply turn up!