How Do I Know When My Car Needs An MOT?

How long before a new car needs an MOT?

three yearsThe very first MOT test requirement only comes into effect when your new car is three years old.

Before that, you are not obligated to take your car in for testing..

How much does an MOT cost?

MOT test costs are limited – for cars it’s £54.85. Companies can only charge up to the official maximum for an MOT. Many companies promote cheaper tests, which isn’t surprising when you consider that often this guarantees they get the repair business too.

What vehicles are MOT exempt?

As of May 20, 2018, nearly all cars that were built more than 40 years ago are exempt from the annual MOT roadworthiness test, unless owners voluntarily elect to have their vehicle checked. Previously, only cars first registered before 1960 were exempt from needing an MOT.

How often do cars need a service?

every 12,000 milesGenerally speaking, most cars will need to be serviced once a year or every 12,000 miles. However, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to car servicing, as every car is different. Each manufacturer has a recommended service schedule for its cars; check your owner’s manual for guidance.

How do I find out when my car’s first MOT is due?

Check your vehicle registration document (V5) to find the date your car was first registered. Your car’s MOT is due 3 years on this date. However, you can get it tested up to a month early.

Can you drive your car if it has no MOT?

Driving without an MOT, it’s not worth the risk, at all. … You are only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired IF you’ve booked in for the test and that’s where you’re driving to. If you’re stopped on the way you MUST be able to prove that you have an appointment with an MOT centre.

Can you mot a car before it’s 3 years old?

However, that MOT test must be conducted no later than the vehicle’s 3rd year from date of registration. … Learn more about driving without an MOT now. It is also possible to MOT your car early, before the end of the 3 years. You can have your MOT test up to one month (minus a day) before the MOT test is due.

What happens if you don’t MOT your car?

If you’re stopped by the police and asked for a copy of your valid MOT, not being able to show one can have serious consequences. While you may be let off with a warning, you could come away with a hefty fine – the penalty for no MOT can be up to £1,000.

Is your insurance invalid without MOT?

So as long as your car is roadworthy, you’ll be able to insure it. And your insurance will (usually) still be valid if your MOT expires – as long as the car’s fit to drive. That means, if you were caught driving without an MOT and got a fine because of it, you wouldn’t also get a fine for driving without insurance.

Can the police tell if your MOT has expired?

A vehicle that does not have a valid MOT test certificate has its registration details automatically passed onto the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) of police vehicles.

How do you know when your car needs an MOT?

You can find out when your current MOT expires by looking at your test certificate. All you need is your vehicle registration number and we can tell you straight away if the vehicle has a valid certificate and when your MOT expires.

Can you drive your car while waiting for MOT test?

You’re only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired if you’ve booked an MOT and are driving to the test centre. If you’re stopped by the police on the way, you’ll have to be able to prove that you have an appointment.