We can’t promise that your car will pass the MOT but we will do everything we can to help it pass, for example, carrying out minor bulb changes or topping up washer fluid during the test if required.
If your car fails we will advise what is needed to obtain a pass and give you an honest opinion on an older vehicle as to whether or not a repair is viable. No one looks forward to having their MOT but first and foremost it is about safety and we see many examples where a potentially dangerous issue would have gone unnoticed. Our testing standards are thorough but fair, confirmed by our long standing and strong record with the DVSA.
You can carry out your MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. For Example, if your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.
MOT Extensions Due to Coronavirus
- From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months from the date of expiry.
- The extension will be applied automatically. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
- You can still get your car MOT'd during the six month period if you wish to, perhaps because you have a safety concern.
- If your vehicle’s first MOT is due, it will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due.
- If your MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass, your vehicle will not get an extension to its due date and it will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again.
- The government is allowing garages to remain open for both MOT’s and essential repair work, so you can still get an MOT or repair, if you need to use your vehicle.
- Safety is paramount and drivers will be liable to a fine of up to £2,500 if found driving an unsafe vehicle.
Keeping your Vehicle Safe to Drive
- Whilst you will receive a 6 month extension on your MOT expriry date, you must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’) during this period.
- We are now offering a comprehensive vehicle safety check free of charge.
- You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
- If your vehicle requires repairs, you should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing garages to remain open.
- MOT appointments Monday to Saturday
- While you Wait Appointments
- Free 12 month MOT reminder text service
- Free Re-test within 10 days
- Call us on 01252 835436 or book online
Reasons Why Your Car May Fail It's MOT
18% of MOT failures are caused by lights not working. A brake light, indicator or number plate light that doesn’t work will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT check.
13% of MOT failures are due to worn suspension parts. If these parts were to fail while driving they could be extremely dangerous and will therefore cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.
10% of MOT failures are caused by brakes not working satisfactorally. Poor braking performance or discovery of excessive or unusual wear will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.
7% of MOT failures are caused by a lack of tread depth or damage to your tyres. Any damage or a tread depth less than 1.6 mm will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT
7% of MOT failures are due to faulty windscreen wipers or an obscured view. Wipers that smear or have visible damage will cause your vehicle to fail its MOT.
View of the Road
If your windscreen has a chip or a crack that obscures the drivers view of the road, this will also cause your car to fail it's MOT. Your rear-view mirrors must also be adjustable and in good condition.