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MOT Test

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is an annual assessment of a car's safety, emissions and roadworthiness, required by law in the UK for any car that is three or more years old to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.

MOT checks can only be carried out at garages with technicians that have been officially certified by the DVSA (formerly VOSA). Cars that do not have a valid, up-to-date MOT certificate are not legally allowed to drive on UK roads and may have their insurance invalidated. You can also be fined up to £1000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT Certificate.

Most cars, 4x4s and vans undergo a Class 4 MOT, but motorbikes, goods vehicles (between 3,000-3,500kg) and vehicles with more than 12 seats are tested to different criteria.

How To Book An MOT Online

Booking an MOT is easy, just follow the steps below. Hourly appointments are available at over 160 DVSA certified centres across the UK.

 

 

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  • A Class 4 MOT is the most common type of test, suitable for: cars, small vans and motor caravans (up to 3,000kg). **MOT Testing is available at selected centres.
    £29.99
    Fully inclusive price


  • Class 7 MOT tests are performed on Goods Vehicles (including pickups, transits, motor homes, horseboxes & vans) over 3000 kg up to and including 3500 kg DGW. **MOT Testing is available at selected centres.
    £29.99
    Fully inclusive price


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Book Your MOT Online

MOT tests are available from over 160 ATS Euromaster centres nationwide, with convenient hourly appointments available at a time to suit you. To ensure your car's MOT goes as smoothly as possible, we offer a free annual reminder service, online booking and useful MOT tips on how to help your car pass its MOT test.

Use our MOT reminder service to make sure you never miss your MOT again

Most MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be addressed at home, with lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure.

These were the five most common areas of MOT failure in 2014/15 according to the DVSA:

Lighting and signalling: 18.4% of all tests (5 million)

Suspension: 12% of failures (3.3 million)

Brakes: 9.6% of failures (2.6 million)

Tyres: 7.4% (2 million)

Obstructions to driver’s view of the road: 6.6% (1.8 million)

Our MOT prices vary from centre to centre, but if you book a Class 4 MOT test with us online, you will benefit from our exclusive online rate of just £29.99, a saving of £24.86, when compared to DVSA’s (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), recommended maximum price.

We also offer a Class 7 MOT test for only £29.99 online. a saving of £28.61, when compared to DVSA’s (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), recommended maximum price.

Retest after a repair
In some cases, your vehicle can have a partial retest for free or a reduced MOT fee.

Leaving your vehicle for repair
You only need a partial retest if you leave the vehicle at the test centre for repair and it’s retested within 10 working days. There’s no fee for this.

Taking your vehicle away for repairs
You can take your vehicle away if your MOT certificate is still valid.

If your MOT has run out you can take your vehicle to:

  1. Have the failed defects fixed
  2. A pre-arranged MOT test appointment
  3. In both cases, your vehicle still needs to meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times or you can be fined.

 

Taking it back for a retest the next working day

You won’t have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of these items:

  • access panels
  • battery
  • bonnet
  • bootlid
  • brake pedal antislip
  • break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
  • doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
  • door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
  • dropsides
  • electrical wiring
  • emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
  • fuel filler cap
  • headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (that doesn’t need a headlamp aim check)
  • horn
  • lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
  • loading door
  • main beam ‘tell-tale’
  • mirrors
  • rear reflectors
  • registration plates
  • seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
  • seats
  • sharp edges or projections
  • stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • steering wheel
  • tailboard
  • tailgate
  • trailer electrical sockets
  • towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
  • tyre pressure monitoring system
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • windscreen glass, wipers and washers
  • wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)

 

Taking it back for a retest within 10 working days

You’ll only need a partial retest if you take the vehicle from the test centre for repairs and take it back within 10 working days. You can be charged a partial retest fee for this.

In all other cases, you’ll need to get a full retest and pay the full MOT test fee again.

Changes to the MOT test came into force on the 20th May 2018. The changes include a number of new defect types and tighter rules for diesel emissions. Here’s an overview:

 

1. Defects will be categorised in a different way

Defects will be classified as either dangerous, major or minor:

Dangerous defects: A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired. Overall impact on MOT: Fail

Major defects: It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately. Overall impact on MOT: Fail

Minor defects: No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible. Overall impact on MOT: Pass

Advisory: It could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary. Overall impact on MOT: Pass

Pass: It meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard. Overall impact on MOT: Pass

 

2. Changes to the rules for diesel emissions

There are stricter rules for diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter. A major fault will be recorded if smoke is seen to be coming from the exhaust, or if there is evidence that the filter has been tampered with.

 

3. Additional checks

New items will be tested during an MOT. This includes checking:

  • If tyres are obviously underinflated
  • If brake fluid has been contaminated
  • For any fluid risks that could pose an environmental risk
  • Brake pad warning lights, and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • Reversing lights on vehicles first used on or after 1st September 2009
  • Headlight washers on vehicles first used on or after 1st September 2009 (if applicable)
  • Daytime running lights on vehicles first used on or after 1st March 2018

 

 

4. Changes to the MOT certificate

The design of the MOT test certificate has been updated to include all of the changes to the MOT process, including the additional checks and changes to defect classification.

 

5. Vehicle exemptions

Cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles won’t need to have an MOT from the 40th anniversary of their registration. You can double-check when your vehicle was first registered here: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/.