What To Do When You Fail an MOT
The Ministry of Transport Test (MOT) is an annual mandatory road safety
measure for all cars over three years old. The test is designed to ensure that
cars are properly maintained and comply with certain important requirements of
The certificate given once a car has passed its MOT only relates to the
testable items at the time of the test and should not be regarded as evidence of
their condition at any other time. So long as you do not interfere with
proceedings, you can watch the MOT take place.
You are not permitted to drive a car which does not have an MOT certificate,
when it should have one. Driving a car which is not roadworthy could invalidate
your insurance. The only exception to this is if you are driving to a
pre-arranged test appointment or to a garage to make necessary repairs required
for an MOT.
If your car fails the test, there is no set time limit before a retest and it
is purely at the discretion of the individual. Most garages and test centres
offer a free retest but make sure to read all terms and conditions carefully
before agreeing to anything. Each test should last around 45 minutes, but this
time will vary depending on the garage.
Book your MOT a month early. If you pass it will mean your certificate is
valid for 13 months and if it fails you have an extra four weeks to research and
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It is advisable to ask a member of staff from the MOT test centre to explain
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replacing. Do not leave the test centre until you're happy you understand the
problem and know how to address it.
If your car does need some work in order to pass an MOT, you can always carry
out the work yourself. A detailed car manual for your car can be purchased for
around £20, and if you're a practical person the work shouldn't be too taxing.
Another approach is to ask for a separate quote for parts and labour. It may be
cheaper to purchase the parts yourself, and if you don't want to carry out the
labour you can just return to the garage and let the professionals fit the
Before taking your car for a re-test, make sure the engine is fully warmed up
before parking the car. In doing this it will clear the gases out from within
the engine that could cause your car to fail the emissions test. Another useful
tip is to add an injector cleaner into the fuel two days before the test. Adding
the injector cleaner will prevent fuel starvation, so you're not wasting your
When dropping your car off for the retest. To avoid being taken for a ride by
a mechanic, look up some technical jargon relating to your vehicle. This will
demonstrate that you have some knowledge on car mechanics. Rogue mechanics often
try to falsely sell new parts to women as they see them as an easy target. To
help prevent this, it may be advisable to ask a male to drive the car into the
The most important thing when going for a retest is that you should not feel
pressured into having a repair done there and then. If you shop around and look
online you could save a sizeable amount of money.Matt Robbins – Online
Manager of Halfords Autocentre (previously Nationwide Autocentre) the UK’s
leading provider of MOT, car servicing and repairs across the nation. For all
other enquiries, call 0800 096 4216.