Baffled over the MOT check? We’ll get you up to speed on the nitty gritty details of what it is, where to get tested and how much you should pay for your MOT check.
The MOT check, stands for Ministry of Transport, but many people will refer to it as MOT. This is an annual test to check if your vehicle is safe to drive, and assesses the roadworthiness, exhaust emissions and various aspects of your car. In England, most cars need an MOT check if they are three years old or more, as mentioned in the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Your car's first MOT check is required when it reaches three years old and then every year after that.
You can check your car’s age by looking at the number plate – this will tell you what year the car was registered and manufactured. The fourth digit on the number plate tells you the year that this range of number plates came out. For example, 65 and 15 are for 2015, 66 and 16 are for 2016. New registrations are issued in March and September every year.
MOT test centres have to display a blue sign with three white triangles to show consumers that they are a qualified MOT test centre.
These test centres have to also display a “VA9A Fees and Appeals” on their premises – There is a maximum fee that can be charges which will be displayed on the VA9A.
All test stations are required to display a "VT9A Fees and Appeals" poster on their premises which must be available to the public. As of 6 April 2010, these are the maximum fees that can be charged. They are not subject to VAT.
There are more than 20,000 MOT testing stations in the country. To find your nearest, fully vetted, approved MOT testing centre, click here and enter your postcode.
Approved Garages have built a handy MOT check device on the website so that motorists can simply enter their registration number and find out the date for their MOT check.
Then you can search for your nearest Approved Garage at the top of this page to book your MOT today and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win £100 each week!