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MOT Guide

An MOT test is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions that is required by law for most vehicles over three years old that are used on anything defined as a ‘road’ in the Road Traffic Act 1988.

What if I don't have a valid MOT?

Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT can result in a fine up to £1,000. The only occasion where it is acceptable to drive a vehicle without a valid MOT is when the vehicle is being driven to an MOT test centre and this can be proven with an appointment or by some other form of sufficient evidence.

When can I get an MOT?

All MOT tests are valid for a year and the date that it runs out is printed on the most recent pass certificate. An MOT test can be conducted on your vehicle up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out in order for you to retain the same renewal date. However, if an MOT test is performed prior to its renewal date, the renewal date for the following year’s MOT will be different.

Where should I get my MOT done?

You must use an approved MOT test centre for your vehicle’s MOT. Only test centres showing the blue sign with 3 white triangles are permitted to carry out your MOT legally. Depending on the test centre, MOT tests can either be booked in person, over the phone or online through their personal website’s booking system.

Wilsons is an approved MOT test centre equipped with the latest franchise diagnostic equipment and technology that other garages may not possess. We have three MOT test centres at out Epsom site all staffed with highly trained technicians and mechanics.

How much is an MOT?

Depending on the type of vehicle that is being tested, there are varying maximum fees that a test centre can charge. Wilsons MOT prices start from as little as £40 for a car and 'Class 7' van MOT test.

ClassVehicle TypeAge first MOT needed (years)Maximum MOT fee
1 Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc) 3 £29.65
2 Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc) 3 £29.65
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 3 £54.85
4 Motor caravans 3 £54.85
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight) 3 £54.85
4a Class 4 vehicles (9-12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check n/a £64
7 Good vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight) 3 £58.60

What does an MOT actually check?

MOT tests don't check every aspect of your vehicle, for example the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox are not tested. In total, there are 16 areas of your vehicle that will be tested including the lights, wheels and tyres, windscreen, horn and seatbelts. All of the elements are tested to ensure that they are in a safe condition for use so that collectively, the vehicle is safe to be on the road.

I've booked my MOT, what happens next?

The MOT test lasts for about 45 minutes, in which time the tester will either pass or fail your vehicle. If your vehicle passes you will receive an MOT certificate from the tester and the result will be recorded in the MOT database. However, if your vehicle fails you will receive a refusal of an MOT test certificate from the test centre which will also be recorded in the MOT database.

If your previous MOT certificate is still valid (i.e. you still have some time left before the certificate expiration date) you can take your vehicle away and it is legal to drive until the certificate expires. But if your MOT has run out you can leave your vehicle with the test centre to have the defects fixed; take your vehicle elsewhere to have the failed defects fixed or decide to scrap or sell the vehicle.

There are some vehicles that are exempt from MOT testing:

  • Vehicles under 3 years of age
  • Cars and motorcycles made before 1960
  • Goods vehicles powered by electricity
  • Tractors