MOT FAQs

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At Tyred and Exhausted we know that there are hundreds of things you may want to ask about the MOT process, so here are some of our most frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease.

When do I need to take my car for an MOT?

In the UK all cars are required to have an MOT annually if they are over three years old. If your vehicle has previously had an MOT, check the date of the certificate and make sure you know when it is due; you can book your car in up to a month before the expiry date on the certificate.

Can I get a replacement MOT certificate?

If you lose or damage your previous certificate you can get a replacement issued by any UK testing centre, as long as you can prove that you are entitled to receive it. You can do this by taking the car to a test centre with your driving licence, or provide them with the certificate number or the cars unique vehicle registration certificate number. There may be a maximum cost of £10 for a reissue.

My MOT has expired and I forgot! How do I get it to an MOT centre?

Although it is not recommended, legally you can still drive your car to the MOT centre if you have made a previous appointment and are taking the most direct route. Having said this, some faults which result in MOT failures can also be illegal to drive on, and your insurance may be invalidated. Always speak to your insurance company if you are unsure and book your MOT in plenty of time.

What do I do if my car fails?

If your car fails its MOT you will be given a list of reasons why and will need to book the car in for a retest. Normally if you re-book a test within ten days at our MOT centre then there will be no charge, however if it is outside of this time or at a different centre you will need to pay the full MOT fee.

My car has passed but I have ‘advisory’ points – what does this mean?

Advisory points are factors that the tester has found that will need work doing on, normally before the next MOT test. It is a chance for you to rectify the problems before they are so severe that they are dangerous or that they will fail an MOT, and to spread the cost as well.

If you have any other questions about your MOT please do not hesitate to call us at Tyred and Exhausted and we will be happy to help.

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