MOT and vehicle testing with the VOSA

MOT stands for the Ministry Of Transport. An MOT test is a full check of a vehicle, making sure it is in road legal shape. It is a legal requirement to MOT your vehicle once a year, as long as the vehicle is three years old or more.

Certain vehicles must be checked when they are a year old, you can find out more about which motor vehicles need this be visiting the DVSA website or by calling the Prove I Called VOSA Contact Number.

You cannot drive your vehicle if the MOT has run out. There are only two exceptions to this rule. You are allowed to drive to a place for repairs. You can also drive to a pre-arranged MOT test. However, it is a lot safer to renew your MOT before its expiry date. You are able to renew your MOT a month before its expiry date.

How do I get an MOT for my car?

When booking an MOT, you need to select an approved MOT test centre. You can tell if a mechanic or repair shop is approved as they will display a blue sign with three upward pointing triangles. To book an MOT, simply call up an approved centre. Agree a time, drop your car off on the day and they’ll complete the MOT.

If your car fails its MOT, you will need to pay for the repairs that will allow your car to pass an MOT. An MOT does not take into account the condition of the engine, gearbox or clutch.

How much does an MOT cost?

Prices will vary from mechanic to mechanic, though there is a maximum price that they can charge. The maximum price depends on the type of vehicle. For a comprehensive list of the maximum price that an MOT centre can charge, take a look at the DVSA website.

What vehicles do not require an MOT?

There are a few vehicles that do not legally require a regular MOT. These include tractors, cars and motorbikes produced before 1960 and goods vehicles powered by electricity.