Checking an MOT
Ensuring a vehicle is roadworthy with Ministry Of Transport checks
When a vehicle reaches 3 years or more, it must have a yearly MOT.
An MOT test check ensures a vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy at the time of the test.
If the car fails its MOT, the driver can feel stressed because of
their financial situation. This is very common as 40% of drivers fail their
first MOT, according to the DVSA.
Failing your MOT check
is a possibility so you
should explore your options on how to prevent this from happening. Our workshop
can give you guidance and support to get grips of how you can get on the road
as soon as possible.
If your car has failed its MOT you
will be informed by your test centre and you will be given a VT30 (Refusal of MOT
Test Certificate). This will show you you’re test details, car details and why
it failed its MOT. You can also check MOT history via DVLA for a detailed look at past tests.
If you have failed your MOT when the
certificate has expired, then you can often not drive as your insurance will be
invalid until your MOT has been re-evaluated. However, there are two situations
where you can drive, this is when you are going to get your car repaired from
your MOT or when you’re going to have your second MOT test. It's against the
law to drive the car in any other way
If your certificate is still live but
your car fails its MOT, then it is still legal to a certain extent. If there is
a fault with the vehicle and you still have a valid certificate it is still
classed as breaking the law. Even if it could be legal, it is advised that you
limit driving of a failed MOT’d car until it has been repaired. If not there is
a possibility that you could be prosecuted by the police.
If you want to drive your car with no
legal issues, then the problems on the VT30 failure certificate need to be attended to before
the car is retested. There are some paths you could take depending on the issue
of the car however you can get charged more than you need to. The first one
being fixing it on the spot. This is often the most popular and easiest route
to take. Hire the test centre that did your MOT and the test centre will have
10 working days to fix the problems and do a retest of the issues on the VT30
certificate. The next step you could take is to take the car away to be fixed.
Common failure items include tyre checks and brakes. You can take the car away to get it repaired and then bring it to your test
centre for a partial retest on your car. This is free and is completed within
one working day. After the MOT initial test, you will have to pay for a retest
between 2 and 10 days after the initial test. The retest is roughly half of the
main test. Finally, after the 10 working days you will be charged you full MOT.
If you have failed your test, to get your vehicle on the road again isn’t cheap. if the
vehicle has less worth than the repairs to fix it, you could move your car on
as a non-runner. This is easy and not costly compared to other more troublesome
If you think
their decision about the MOT service is wrong you legally have the right to
appeal. You should always talk to the community centre first to rule out any
mishap. If you still feel your MOT results are wrong there are things you can
do. You can complete a form and send it to the DVSA in 14 working days after
the MOT. Once a retest has been put in place, you will have to pay the full
price of a standard MOT. However if you were right and the MOT is successful,
you will get given your money back. You must not repair your vehicle before the
retest as the retest will be cancelled.
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