Did you know that by law your car must carry a valid MOT certificate? When buying a car from brand new, you have three years from the date of purchase, but otherwise getting an MOT test is something you must carry out every year. People who drive their cars without a valid MOT certificate, could actually be fined up to £1,000 if caught but aside from that, its important to make sure your car is safe for the roads and meets environmental standards.
An MOT test can be carried out at one of around 21,000 MOT test centres around the UK. A logo, made up of three blue/white triangles, is displayed in all garages qualified to do this. Each certificate will run for one year, from the date the car is tested (and passes), but they can be renewed slightly earlier and still keep their annual date. MOT tests do vary in costs slightly, depending where in the country you are getting your car tested, but there is a capped price of £54.85 for standard cars. Of course, if your car needs any work done to pass its test, this price will be on top of the MOT cost.
During the MOT test, various checks will be carried out. They include all sorts of testing on your brakes and fuel system, to lights, mirrors, seatbelts and windowscreen wipers. They do not however, check the condition of your engine, gearbox or clutch. An average MOT test takes around 45-60 minutes, however if the car fails it can take much longer for the car to be fixed and be road worthy again. If your car passes its MOT, you will be given a certificate and the MOT will also be recorded in the national database. If your car fails its MOT, you will not be able to drive it away (unless your current certificate still has time remaining on it). Often, even when a car passes, it may have some minor points or “advisories” as they are often called. This is a list of things that are starting to be a problem with your car and could well need fixing in the future, however they weren’t serious enough at the time to cause your car to fail it’s MOT. If your car has failed its MOT and can be fixed, often a retest is free – especially if it’s only a partial retest that will require doing. Often MOT centres allow you to return within 10 days to have your car retested without any additional charge.
This summer we hope to have lots of great adventures, all in the UK. However my MOT is actually due in August so getting that sorted out beforehand will be a major priority so as not to ruin our plans. Living in Lincolnshire we hope to visit some of the nearby counties, such as Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Northampton itself, originating as a walled town with a castle, is definitely a must for our sightseeing. For a highly professional MOT in Northampton we may take our car to Calmac MOT Autocentre, they offer VOSA approved MOT test services.
Did you know that you can actually find out when your car is due for it’s MOT renewal by checking on the Gov.uk website? This is great for people who are forgetful or even misplace their MOT certificate.