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You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old (or 1 year old in some cases). You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. The earliest date you can get your vehicle tested is printed on the pass certificate.

FAQ's

When should I get an MOT?

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.
Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

What's the earliest I can get an MOT?

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

My MOT has run out, what can I do?

You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.
The only exceptions are to drive it:

How does an MOT work?

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.
The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

What happens if my MOT fails?

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

Mileage reading

The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.

Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.
Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.

Failing the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.

Driving a vehicle that's failed

You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:

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.

Is my vehicle exempt from MOT?

You don't need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn't reached the age its first MOT is needed.

Exempt vehicles

Other vehicles that don't need an MOT include:

A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

Contact us at Motorhouse St Helens for more information.

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