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When can I MOT my car?

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 10 months ago

4 min read

  • Advice
  • Maintenance
  • MOT
MOT Testing Station

Find out when your MOT is due and how soon you can book a test

You can MOT your car 28 days early without it having an effect on the expiry date. For example, if your MOT expires on 15th November, the earliest date you can get your car tested and keep the same renewal date is 18th October.

If you'd prefer, you can book your MOT earlier than this, but it will ultimately affect the date which will be one year (minus a day) from the date the vehicle last passed.

When is my MOT due?

Every year, millions of drivers accidentally forget the expiry date of their MOT - which is an annual legal requirement - and find themselves driving illegally without a valid MOT test certificate.

That's why WhoCanFixMyCar teamed up with Always Check to create a free MOT checker on its website. The complimentary digital service allows motorists not only to check their MOT due date in less than 20 seconds but also set up reminders in advance of that date.

Find out when your MOT is due below.

How much does an MOT cost?

The price of an MOT can vary depending on where you live. Aberdeen is currently the most expensive place in Britain for an MOT with an average of £49.99, followed closely by Hereford at £48.34.

At the other end of the spectrum is West Lindsey in Lincolnshire, where the average cost of an MOT is £35.03. This affordable price makes it the cheapest place in Britain currently, followed by Charnwood in Leicestershire at £35.40. The average cost of an MOT across the UK in 2021 is currently £41.50.

What is checked in an MOT?

An MOT certificate is given to you after your car passes its MOT test. Once passed, it means that at the time of your test, the car met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law to drive it on the road.

But what exactly do the MOT testers check while they have your car up on the ramps? Below is a brief summary of the things they examine:

  • Brakes (including a brake performance test)

  • Exhaust, fuel and emissions

  • Lights, horn, battery and electrical wiring

  • Mirrors and wipers

  • Steering and suspension

  • Seatbelts

  • Tyres

  • Vehicle body and structure (such as body, chassis, engine mountings, seats and doors)

  • Vehicle registration plates

  • VIN number and speedometer

Interim service and MOT image

Don’t forget that even though your car may have passed its MOT for another year, this should never be seen as a substitute for regular car maintenance and your car should also be serviced on a regular basis.

What can I do to prepare for an MOT?

An upcoming MOT test often fills drivers with a sense of dread, as failing one not only means their car is no longer road legal, but it also voids their insurance if they fail to make the necessary repairs which can sometimes be expensive.

Every year, more than 30 million cars have an MOT of which around 64 per cent pass first time. This figure climbs to about 72 per cent with re-tests. So, what can you do to ensure you increase your chances of passing first time?

The most common things to cause a failed MOT usually fall into four areas:

  • Lights and indicators

  • Brakes

  • Washes, wipers and mirrors

  • Tyres

That's why the team at WhoCanFixMyCar have created these handy tips to help increase your odds of passing next time your car is due for an MOT.

Mechanic cleaning car body

Following these few small checks will give you greater confidence in passing your annual MOT. However, if you suspect that there are any bigger issues at hand, get them tackled well in advance of your test.

Another great way to make sure your car is MOT-ready is to book a vehicle health check.

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