Your MOT is an essential and unavoidable test to examine the safety of your vehicle. With the cold, winter weather soon to set in, the importance of making sure your car is running efficiently and functioning safely is paramount.
According to a recent study by TyreSafe, some 2.2 million cars in the UK failed their MOT in 2013 due to unsafe or illegal tyres. With icy roads almost a certainty in the coming months, it is crucial that your tyres are prepared for the dangers present on roads across the country.
While you shouldn’t wait for your MOT to ensure your tyres are in their optimum condition, it is one of the many things examined when you take you car for its annual check. But how do you know when the car is due to take its MOT test?
- Second-hand cars. When you take ownership of a second-hand car, it might not be clear if it has had a valid MOT test, or if it is due to be examined in the coming weeks or months. You should receive an MOT test number upon purchase, found on the VT20 test certificate or the VT30 refusal certificate. If you don’t have this, you should try to find the document reference number from the V5C registration certificate (logbook). Once you have this information, visit the government’s MOT Status page and type the relevant information into the boxes provided, as well as the car’s registration number. This will give you the date of the test, the odometer reading (mileage), and the expiry date of a test pass.
- New cars. When your vehicle reaches three years old, it will require an MOT. If you are unsure of the exact date, check the vehicle registration document. If the first date of registration is May 1st, 2014, your MOT will be due on May 1st, 2017, for example. However, you should consider scheduling your test before this date reaches expiry, as you will be able to find out whether or not your vehicle requires any urgent repairs.
- Reminders. If you want to make sure you don’t miss an MOT, be sure to sign up to the new “text reminder” service from the government, or from ATS Euromaster, sending a message to your phone when your MOT is due.
Posted by Danielle Barge