Ipswich Car MOT Advice – What Are Your Rights?

IF you end up missing your MOT due date you could be liable for a staggering £1,000 fin as well as invalidating your current car insurance cover

What’s an MOT Certificate?

The MOT is a test to make sure your car, motorbike or commercial vehicle meets legal UK safety standards. Drivers should organise an MOT test with a qualified mechanic before their current certificate runs out.

The cost of  your MOT costs will depend on the type and size of vehicle you drive. Different companies charge different prices. For example, full price is charged in rural areas because there is less competition where as sometimes deceptively good deals are charged in towns and cities. See our article on too good to be true MOT prices.  MOT costs are capped at £55 though so you should never pay more than this for the actual test.

The MOT test mechanic will carry out anumber of tests and check that the lights, steering, suspension, windscreen, horn, seat belts, tyres and brakes are all in good acceptable working order as per the safety standards of UK roads. The MOT tester will also check your car’s fuel system and emission releases.

can I check my MOT due date?

Many lose track of their MOT date but relax,  it’s really easy to check. Just visit the gov.uk website and enter your vehicle’s make and registration number. The AA also offer a similar online portal called Automyze to check the due date, as well as providing a list of nearby MOT services stations.

You can get your MOT test up to a month, minus one day, before it runs out. This is to maintain the same renewal date. Owners lucky enough to have a brand new cars don’t have to get an MOT test until the third year of its registration. Beyond that, they have to get your vehicle tested every 12 months.

Is it legal to drive my car if my MOT certificate has expired?

When your MOT certificate has expired, you’re ONLY allowed to drive your car to an MOT test centre and then home again. If you get pulled over by the police, you will then need to be able to prove that you do have a pre-booked MOT appointment with a garage

What happens if my car fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT test, you will be issued a an MOT test refusal certificate. If your certificate has expired, you will no longer be able to drive your car, unless you are taking it to a garage to have the MOT failure issues resolved for retest. However, if you still have a couple of weeks until it expires, you can drive during this time. After you have had  the defects rectified, you will need to return to the garage for a retest.

Remember though, it can end up costing you £2,500 in fines, get banned from driving and get three penalty points for driving a car deemed to be in a dangerous condition.

Can I drive if I lose my MOT certificate?

You can apply for a replacement certificate with any MOT centre. Also, this doesn’t have to be the garage where the initial MOT test was completed. Just ring the centre up and give them your number plate details. Generally there will be charged between £10 or half the MOT test fee for a replacement.