Preparing for an MOT
If you’re the owner of a car that’s more than 3 years old, you’re required by law to take an MOT test each year. The process, regulated by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, ensures your vehicle is roadworthy by undergoing a series of tests to measure it against safety and environmental standards.
If you’ve never had an MOT test before and are preparing to send your car for one for the first time, it might seem like a complicated process at first, but in reality for most drivers it is as simple as a visit to their local garage.
Understanding the MOT test
After your vehicle has been on the road for three years MOT tests are compulsory. Without an MOT certificate you will not be able to tax your car and update your tax disc, so it’s important to keep track of when you need to get a test or when your current certificate expires.
The test is designed to be comprehensive — it includes checking breaks, steering and suspension. Battery, airbags, speedometer will also be checked, and your vehicle will be tested to make sure the petrol cap fits securely. The exhaust must be secure and meet MOT emission standards, which are set depending on the car’s age and fuel type. The garage will also check features like seats and seatbelts, registration plates, the windscreen and horn.
If any of your vehicle’s features do not meet the necessary standard your car will fail the test and the issue must be resolved before taking the test a second time. Most garages will offer to fix any minor problems then and there – for example replacing windscreen wipers or a broken light – and will allow you to retake the test for free or at a reduced fee.
The MOT test itself should only take a couple of hours, and there are hundreds of garages around the country you can visit to complete it. A garage must be certified to perform an MOT test, and no matter where you undergo the test the same things will be checked as standard, so you shouldn’t have to worry about undergoing any unnecessary or costly repairs without a full explanation from the garage.
The UK Government website has a dedicated guide to getting an MOT, and this is a great place to start your research if you have any questions about the test or why your vehicle is required to take it.
Booking your test
Most drivers undertake an MOT test at their local garage, and you should be able to find one that’s certified to perform the test in your area. There are several websites that help you find and book a test online, making it even easier to find a time and place that suits you.
Car experts like Halfords Autocentres and Kwik Fit both offer MOT testing and servicing and have a dedicated section on their websites to help you book your test or service online. Particularly if you’re not familiar with any garages in your area, this is a great place to begin your search. National Tyres also offer a similar online booking service and a discount if you book your MOT test in advance.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Peter’s Gardening tips for August 2017 - July 26, 2017
- Have you encountered casual ageism? - July 26, 2017
- Role of Grandparent – Disciplinarian or Fun Maker? - July 26, 2017
- Introducing Susie’s Snappy Swimsuit! - July 25, 2017
- Win ONE of TEN copies of Our Summer Together by Fanny Blake! - July 24, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!