An MOT is a legally required annual examination to ensure that your vehicle is road safe.
Introduced by the Ministry Of Transport, an MOT checks whether your vehicle meets minimum safety standards and levels of exhaust emissions. Indeed, all drivers require a valid MOT certificate in order to tax their vehicle and claim insurance. Driving without a valid certificate is illegal, and could result in a costly fine; a worst case scenario may even see your vehicle seized. So why take the risk? Book your MOT today!
How often do I need an MOT?
All vehicles over the age of three years are required by law to have an MOT. What’s more, your MOT certificate must be renewed annually, so be sure to get your vehicle examined every 12 months. If you are unsure whether your vehicle needs a test, check the expiry date on your existing MOT test certificate. But why stress with dates? Book your MOT online with Kirby’s and get FREE reminders when next year’s test is due!
How much does an MOT cost?
As we’ve mentioned before, an MOT test is a legal requirement, so the price is set by the government. Currently, the maximum price for a test is £54.85, and it is illegal to charge above this. Many garage’s (including Kirby’s!) offer a free retest within 10 days, should your vehicle fail its initial MOT. However, if repairs exceed this time period, you may be required to pay for your MOT again. But don’t be put off having a test due to its price. Without a valid MOT certificate, you could be fined up to £2,500 — that’s roughly the cost of 50 tests!
Isn’t an MOT the same as a service?
This is a common misconception, and it is vital not to get the two confused. While MOT is essentially a basic safety test, a service conducts important checks for the internal workings of a vehicle. Your engine, transmission and brakes will be inspected, while oil and fluids within your vehicle will be checked and renewed. As you can see, the two are very different! Book a service with Kirby’s Auto Centre from just £59.99.
While the MOT is the only legal requirement, it’s crucial that you service your car regularly. Frequent servicing helps to keep your vehicle in pristine condition; it not only improves your car’s petrol consumption, but helps prevent the premature failure of essential parts. This will save you a lot of money in the long run! At Kirby’s Auto Centre, we recommend a full service after every 20,000 miles.
What is included in an MOT?
A whole range of components are measured against DVSA guidelines during an MOT. Here are just a selection:
- Registration Number — This must be secure, legible, and in good condition. The spacing and lettering should not be altered in any way.
- Windscreen wipers – Do you wipers and washers operate properly? The driver must have a clear view of the road.
- Fuel System – This will be checked for any leaks, and whether the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
- Tyres – A number of points will be measured, including the condition, tyre size and tread depth (1.6 millimetres minimum).
- Bodywork – Your vehicle will be examined for excessive damage or corrosion. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure!
We hope you found this guide useful.
If you have any questions regarding MOTs, or indeed any of the other services mentioned in this post, please get in touch. We have a designated MOT phone number, so give us a call on 01603 404166. Any other queries, please send us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fully qualified and experienced will be happy to answer any queries you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!