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MOT Tests Explained

All motorists will be used to taking their vehicle to the garage for an MOT. A necessary element of owning a car, it can be easy to not fully understand the MOT test process. 

After all, there is a lot to remember when it comes to owning a car. From tax to insurance and ensuring repairs are carried out when necessary, there is plenty to think about. But it’s important not to forget your MOT. If you drive your car without a valid MOT certificate, you could face a hefty fine and your car insurance will be invalidated. This is because any vehicle without an MOT is deemed unroadworthy and unsafe.

So, those are the implications of not having one, but in terms of what is physically done, why is an MOT important?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about MOT tests. 

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What is an MOT?

In short, an MOT (or Ministry of Transport test) is an inspection that determines whether or not your vehicle is roadworthy. A legal requirement for almost every car on the road, an MOT will check a whole host of areas on your vehicle, including both internal and external elements. 

All reputable garages will be able to perform an MOT for you, but there are also dedicated MOT centres across the country that do these checks day in day out. During an MOT test, a number of things will be checked. These include:

  • Brakes
  • Seatbelts 
  • Exhausts (including emissions)
  • Tyres 
  • Steering 
  • Suspension
  • Windscreen 
  • Mirrors 

Currently, the government has set the price of an MOT at £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes, and garages cannot charge you more than these rates. 

If your car passes the MOT, you’ll be granted a new MOT certificate and able to use your vehicle as usual. If it fails, then it’s slightly more complicated. You’ll be provided with a list of what needs to be fixed, and in order to get a valid MOT certificate will need to organise these repairs. Sometimes this can be done there and then, but more invasive or in-depth repairs may need to take place elsewhere. You may still be able to drive your car away even if it has failed, but only if your previous MOT certificate is still in date. It will also depend on the reasons why your car failed its MOT; if the garage considers it dangerous, then it’ll not be allowed to leave the premises until repairs have taken place.     

When to get an MOT 

It’s mandatory for your car to have an annual MOT to make sure it’s safe on the road. You should not wait until your previous MOT certificate has already expired, and book in at your local garage in good time. You can book your next MOT a month before your current certificate expires.

Almost every car on the road will require an MOT, but there are one or two exceptions. If your car is less than three years old, then it won’t need an MOT, and there are some exemptions relating to classic cars – a full list can be found on the government website.

If your MOT certificate has run out before the date of your MOT, you can drive to the garage or test centre, but you must head straight there. 

Book your MOT with Kilnhurst Tyres

At Kilnhurst Tyres, our team of expert mechanics has spent over 30 years performing MOT tests, ensuring motorists across Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and the surrounding areas are safe on the roads. So, if you need an MOT, we’re here to help. Simply contact Kilnhurst Tyres today to book an appointment.

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