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A Helpful Guide to Your MOT Test

We’ve put together this handy MOT guide to answer frequently asked questions to do with the MOT test, along with some useful tips.

 MOT Test in Progress

How long does an MOT take?

A routine MOT check will take around 45 minutes to an hour. More time may be needed in some circumstances and is usually the case when a vehicle has some failures which need to be further inspected. A better option may be to drop off your vehicle and request a call once the MOT test has been completed.

How much does an MOT cost?

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has set the maximum cost of an MOT at £54.85. This is the maximum limit, so you should not pay more than this for the test itself. According to ‘What Car? Magazine’, the price of an MOT test on average is £45. At McLaren Accident Repair & MOT Centre, the MOT test is currently £35.

What if my MOT has expired?

If the MOT of a vehicle has expired, it is illegal to drive it on the road. Doing so will also invalidate any insurance policies on the vehicle, so take extra care your MOT is renewed in advance, allowing time to facilitate any necessary repairs. The only exception for driving ar vehicle is to drive it to a pre-arranged MOT test.

Some things to check before the MOT test

VOSA have a set of guidelines that all vehicles must meet. However, there are some common issues that we see, which can be easily rectified by vehicle owners.

  1. Low levels of screen wash. This will take a few minutes to fix so avoid being caught out by it.
  2. Registration plate problems. Ensure your car is using the correct plates adhering to DVLA standards. If you have a personalised registration plate, make the sure the lettering and spacing meet current guidelines.
  3. Make sure the driver's wiper sweep area is clear. Check there are no stickers in this area or any large windscreen chips.
  4. Check there are no warning lights on. If there are any problems that are causing your warning light to stay on, ensure they are rectified before the test.

What if my car fails?

If your vehicle has failed its MOT, you will be presented with a VT30 Certificate also known as a Refusal of an MOT test certificate. This will show the reason(s) for the failure. These failures will need to be fixed and a partial MOT retest carried out. You can either choose to repair the faults or drive the vehicle to a place of repair. It is against the law to drive away a vehicle that has failed its MOT until any problems are fixed. The only exception is if the vehicle still has a valid MOT certificate or the car is being taken away and repaired elsewhere. There is a limit of 10 working days to have a partial MOT retest.