How long does an MOT take?

The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is required for all vehicles on UK roads aged between 3 and 40 years, though 9-seater vehicles (and larger) need the test taken after the first year. 

Cars that are 40 years or older are exempt.

The average MOT test takes less than an hour. However, if there are faults that need to be attended to, your car might be out of action longer. 

Discover what’s checked during the MOT by visiting our dedicated page on the topic. 

If your car fails the MOT, and there are extensive repairs required, it’s likely the car will be repaired and returned to you the next day.

You can only drive the car if your existing MOT certificate is still valid, or you have a follow-up appointment at another garage to fix problem areas.

However, we recommend carrying out repairs – and the MOT test – at the same facility to minimise expenditure. 

How long is my MOT valid for?

All MOTs are valid for 12 months. You can check how much time is left on your current certificate by visiting the site. Keep your registration number to hand.  

How do I make it easier to remember to renew my MOT?

The site provides a helpful reminder tool, which will give you an alert a few months before a new MOT is due. 

Is it possible to check a car’s MOT history?

Yes – this is particularly useful if you’re buying a pre-owned car and want to know what faults have been identified in the past. Check the MOT history of a vehicle using the link provided.