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MOT Test: Debunked! 


The MOT test is a stressful hour for any car owner, does your trusty car need expensive repairs just after the boiler blew up? All the usual concerns everyone has each time the MOT test comes around.  

We’re here to guide you and explain the MOT test the best we can, debunking any potential myths you may have heard, or generally explaining more to help put your mind at rest!  


What is it, how much does it cost, and do I have to do it? 

The three main questions we all ask in life! 

The MOT test is simply a thorough test that a garage undertakes on your car to ensure it is legally roadworthysafe for you to drive and others on the road to be safe too.  

The MOT test includes tests on; tyres, brakes, engine, exhaust, safety equipment like seatbelts and much more! An MOT test must be completed each year. 

On the cost side, the actual cost for the test is fairly inexpensive, the standard price is £54, however, if you like to shop around you can find places that may carry out an MOT for around £30. 

Iyour car fails all or some of the tests or just needs a bit of work, this is where it can get expensive.  

The final question all depends on the car you have, if your car is under 3 years old, result! You don’t have to have an MOT test until your car is officially 3 years old.  

Also, if you drive a ‘classic’ car, you’re also in for a result!  

Cars that are 40 years or older do not have to complete an MOT test, nor do they have to pay road tax whoop whoop!  


If my car is faulty, how is this categorised? 

It all depends on the severity of the fault, the faults are divided up into 3 categories: 

Major defects:  Uh oh! These are very important defects; you haven’t been keeping your car in tip-top shape tut tut 

You must get these repairs fixed before you head out on the road again (unless your current MOT has further notice) 

Further notice debunked = Example: MOT is due 30th of Oct, driver takes car in on 1st Oct, has major defect and fails MOT (the car not the driver ??)?The driver is allowed legally to drive the car with no repairs until 30th as their current (or previous)?MOT is still valid. 

 These defects often threaten your own safety as well as other road users.  

These defects can include tyres or brakes having no wear left, suspension being unsafe.  

This is a fail on the MOT if you have a major defect, and you will not be able to drive your car again until you get it fixed and re-tested. 

Minor defect:  

These are minor defects, they don’t necessarily affect your safety, however, in the very near future you will need to get these fixed, you should really get this fixed before you head out on the road again.  

You will not fail with these defects; however, it is in your own interest to get these fixed as soon as possible. These defects might include a small split in a windscreen wiper, or tyres that are slightly over the legal limit but only just. 


These are problems your car has, that you don’t necessarily need to urgently worry about, but may slightly affect the way your car drives, and will most likely affect next year’s MOT with a more severe fault.  

Your car will pass its MOT with a few advisories, but you will need to prepare to get these fixed for its next MOT. 

If you’d like any more details on the MOT test, feel free to contact one of our service teams who will be more than happy to help out with any queries you may have, and to get you booked in! 

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