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MOT's are an annual legal requirement for any car over 3 years old. The test ensures the safety, functionality and legality of your car by checking all the vehicle’s major components for faults and overall performance. With so many MOT testers in our garage network, securing a good deal for your MOT test is made simple.

You can opt to undertake your MOT in combination with a full service or even with an interim service for a more thorough check

and a reduced price in comparison to having the two services carried out separately.

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K&B Car Centre
175 Jobs Completed
Nottingham
4.8 / 5

Been in the motor trade for 20 years. Nvq level 2 & 3 and am also an MOT Tester. Excellent customer service skills having been involved in all aspects of garage work

Continental Motors
1577 Jobs Completed
Leicester
4.8 / 5

Family run independent garage est 1987. Honest and trustworthy helpful staff. Highly reputable garage specialising in MOT's, Servicing/Repairs for all your passenger and

Chemix Autocentres - Halesowen
104 Jobs Completed
Halesowen
4.1 / 5

With more than 50 years in the tyre and automotive business, Chemix Autocentres Halesowen know what our customers need and that's what Chemix Autocentres Halesowen try to

Mobile Tekniks
128 Jobs Completed
Maidenhead
5.0 / 5

We come to you so you don’t have to move. <br /><br />Services we provide : <br /><br />MOT and Service<br /> <br />Tyres, Wheels and Tracking<br /> <br />Diagnostics<br /> <br />Clutch and Gearbox Repair

Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
2853 Jobs Completed
Barnet
4.9 / 5

Services provided:<br /><br />-- Can build and assemble machines or mechanical components according to requirements<br />-- Able to Inspect machines, engines, transmissions etc. an

Awan Auto Tec
844 Jobs Completed
Manchester
4.8 / 5

Awan Auto Tec are an independently run garage based in Awdwick, Manchester, which has been established since 2016. We have a team of three very experienced, fully qualif

Zafar Automotive Repairs
127 Jobs Completed
Sydenham
4.8 / 5

We are a Mobile Automotive Repairs Service. We have been in the industry respectfully for the last few years with a fully established network within London, West Midlands

Sanu motors
656 Jobs Completed
Bromley
4.9 / 5

Sick of having to drag your car over to the garage to get it checked or repaired?<br /> We at Sanu motors provide you the service of having your car inspected and carrying ou

Genesis Autos
927 Jobs Completed
liverpool
4.3 / 5

Genesis Automotives is a mobile car repair service dedicated to giving your automobile the treatment it needs to perform well and have a long lifespan. We are currently b

Wilsons Auto Service Centre
59 Jobs Completed
Newcastle upon Tyne
5.0 / 5

Why choose Wilson's? <br /><br />One stop car care shop <br /><br />Competitive prices <br /><br />Quality parts only <br /><br />Dealership service without the dealership prices <br /><br />Professional

Harriden Autocentre
534 Jobs Completed
Hull
4.8 / 5

Harriden Autocentre opened there business to public in 2016. Previously maintaining and repairing their own fleet of taxis to the local authorities high test standard.<br />

Automotive Components Specialist Ltd
1859 Jobs Completed
Cheshunt
4.9 / 5

Welcome to our organisation, our aim is to provide solutions for all your motoring needs with the aim to reduce your cost of ownership of your motor vehicle. We speciali

AUTO SOLUTIONS TIPTON LTD
43 Jobs Completed
TIPTON
5.0 / 5

We are a well established and highly rated local motor company based in Tipton.<br /><br />We have years of expertise, experience and knowledge within the Motor Trade.<br /><br />We aim

Barrack Road Autocentre
75 Jobs Completed
Christchurch
4.8 / 5

We are local independent garage with an experienced team of qualified mechanics, automotive technicians and tyre fitters aiming to service and repair your vehicle quickly

IN'n'OUT Autocentres Basildon
1725 Jobs Completed
Basildon
4.6 / 5

At IN’n’OUT Autocentres we offer fixed prices MOTs and Servicing for any make and model of car with no hidden extras. We are proud to be a ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ so we a

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Frequently asked questions
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What is a MOT test?

An MOT is a service/test which every car is legally required to have carried out every 12 months. It ensures that your car is functioning, safe and of course legal to drive. 

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When is my car’s MOT due?

You can find out the due date of your MOT with our free online MOT checker. Check your MOT status instantly to find out when you should be booking in for your next MOT.

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How long does an MOT typically take?

An MOT will take between 45 minutes and an hour. If repairs are required, it will of course take considerably longer depending on the repair’s nature.

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What does a MOT check?

It includes an inspection of the following:

·      Screenwash

·      Wiper blades

·      Beam patterns

·      Exhaust and engine mounts

·      Brake pad levels

·      Suppression joints and brushes

·      Lights

·      Tread depth

·      Suspension levels

·      Corrosion of the suspension mounts

·      Engine exhaust emissions

·      CO2 and CO3 emissions and hydrocarbon emissions

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How can I check my MOT history?

You can check this at https://mot-history.net/. This new government service allows you to check the history of any car from just putting in the vehicle make and registration number.

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What can fail a MOT?

The most common reasons why cars fail their MOT are:

·      worn seatbelts

·      windscreen chips

·      incorrect beam patterns

·      insufficient tyre tread depth

·      faulty registration plate lamps

·      damaged wiper blades

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What should I do if my car fails its MOT?

You’ll be issued with a VT30 Certificate stating why the car failed. There is no time limit before a retest can be booked, and the garage will normally offer to carry out the required repairs. Therefore, you should undertake any necessary repairs pointed out by the garage to ensure a pass certificate. 

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How often should I get a MOT?

Your car should go in for its MOT annually, unless of course it was bought and registered as brand new. If this is the case it is only required after three years of its registration, but after that point it should be taken in yearly like other cars. 

Average rating for  MOT  bookings

4.59

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How much does a car MOT cost?

The maximum cost for an MOT is £54.85, garages cannot charge more than this. However, many garages charge less than this, the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com is around £40.


MOT Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Vauxhall£40.91
Ford£41.12
Volkswagen£41.52
BMW£42.16
Audi£42.08
Peugeot£41.22
Mercedes£41.94
Nissan£41.77
Toyota£41.95
Renault£41.35
Citroen£40.55
MINI£41.93
Volvo£41.77

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 22/03/2021 and 20/06/2021.

MOT Test

An MOT is a service/test which every car is legally required to have carried out every 12 months. You don’t need to take your car for three years if you buy and register it as brand new. However, as soon as the three years are up, it is a legal requirement that you take your car for the test yearly.

A cars roadworthiness will be checked during the MOT, with each major component inspected by a trained professional. A garage has to have authorisation from the DVSA to carry out the test.



What is Checked as Part of Your MOT

Fuel, Fuel Emissions and Exhaust System

The exhaust system is made up of several parts and components which all need to be checked individually. The main issue that mechanics will be looking out for is the leakage of any fumes or liquids, as these are the most common issues that can develop within the exhaust system.

There is very little you can do to help your car pass an MOT if there is a leak in the exhaust, as a hole cannot be blocked up unless you are a trained professional.

The fuel system will also get checked for leaks. Prior to the test, ensure that the tank cap is sealed properly to avoid failing for a minor issue.

The emissions of a car must fall below the specific legal limits to pass the test. This means that if your car produces too much carbon monoxide or hydrocarbons, it will fail. You can increase your chances of passing by addressing the problem before having the service carried out.

If your exhaust emits excessive blue or black smoke when the engine is switched on and whilst you're driving, there is a high chance that there is an issue within the exhaust system and thus will fail the MOT.



Tyres Check

One in ten cars fail their MOT as a result of tyre issues. The mechanic will be checking the tyre tread as well as looking for damage such as lumps, bulges or tears.

A tyre tread should be at least 1.6mm as it is a necessity in order to maintain the speed and weight of the car while its being driven.

You can use a tread depth gauge to check if your tyres are safe to drive. If the tread is less than 1.6mm, your car will fail. It is also important to ensure that your tyres are fully inflated to correct pressure levels, as this is another issue which will likely result in failure. To find out the recommended tyre pressure of your car, consult your car owner’s handbook.



Drivers View

Your windscreen wipers, windscreen, wing mirrors, rear view mirror and windows will be rigorously inspected. If your view of the road around you is impeded, you will fail.

Anything from broken or missing mirrors to cracked or heavily chipped windows restricting the drivers view will also result in a fail.

Your rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must also be able to move while remaining secure to provide the driver with an adequate view of the road. The wipers and washers are also included in checks as they must be able to clean the windows effectively to maintain visibility.

You will fail if there is damage or an obstruction in your windows bigger than 10mm within the immediate viewing area and 40mm anywhere else.

You can improve your chances of passing by making sure that you buy new wiper blades at least once a year and thoroughly checking all of your windows prior to the test. You should ensure that your screen wash reservoir is fully topped up as it will be checked during the test.



Body and Additional Items Check

A thorough inspection will be carried out of the car’s body, engine mountings, seats, doors and chassis. They are required to be completely free of erosion and cannot have any sharp edges which could cause injury.

You must also have your registration plates attached to your car and they must be visible and legible from 20 meters away.

Your car should display a vehicle identification number (VIN) which is etched onto the body or chassis. The speedometer must also be fully secure and able to light up.



Seat Belts Check

Every seatbelt in the vehicle must be fully functional as this will be checked rigorously by the inspector since it is a hugely important safety feature as well as a legal requirement.



Lamps, Electrics and Reflectors Check

Almost a third of all MOT failures are due to light, electrical or reflector failures. The front, rear, brake, fog and indicator lights, as well as the registration plate and reflectors must adhere to the following function and safety standards:

·      Illuminate with the press or flick of one single button or switch

·      Display the correct colour

·      To be able to deliver light despite the presence of other light

·      Be unobstructed

·      Be in the correct position and completely secure in their housing

·      Be in full working condition

·      The aim of the lights should be at correct angles

If one of the bulbs in your car breaks you can buy a replacement relatively easily, which is something you should do if you are due an MOT.

Make sure to consult your owner’s handbook before buying a bulb to discover the correct unit required.

The horn on your car must also be in full working order and be able to deliver a strong uniform note which can be heard by another driver on the road.

The car battery in your car will also be checked for leakage and stability within the engine. Wiring will be inspected for wear and tear, as it cannot be at the point of breaking.

If you have a towbar for a trailer, the socket will be checked as it must be able to send power to the indicators on the trailer itself.



Steering and Suspension Check

The mechanic carrying out the test will be inspecting the condition of the steering wheel by pushing it in numerous directions as well as assessing the system for damage on specific components.

If your car has a locking device, this will also be checked when the vehicle is stationary, and the engine is not running.

If you have power steering, there must be a correct amount of fluid in the reservoir.

The suspension on your car will be checked visually, with the springs and shock absorbers inspected for corrosion, distortion and fracture.



Brakes Check

The overall condition of your brakes and all of the components that make up the braking system will be inspected thoroughly. A specific brakes test will be carried out to ensure that your car has the correct stopping power and distances to be on the road safely.



Other Tips For Passing

A mechanic can refuse to perform the test if the car is dirty inside or out as they will have to spend time in and around the vehicle for an extended period, so make sure your car is tidy!

If your car should fail its MOT, make sure to have the repairs carried out as per the mechanic's assessments. Return to the same garage for the retest as they will not charge you for a full inspection again.

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