MOT tests are not very exciting, but all UK cars three years old and over require a valid MOT certificate by law
What does MOT stand for?
MOT stands for Ministry of Transport, which is now called Department for Transport (luckily they didn’t change the name of the MOT Test at the same time).
The MOT test was first introduced in 1960 for cars ten years or older. Over the years this time period has reduced and the number of checks have increased: it wasn’t until 1977 that simple checks like windscreen wipers, indicators, brake lights or horns were included!
When does my car need an MOT?
All UK cars must have their first MOT at three years and every year after that. Vans, taxis and other vehicle types may have different requirements.
If you are not sure whether your car has a valid MOT simply speak to one of our Service Advisors who can check for you and book your car in if needed.
Can I wait with my car? Or can I leave my car with you?
You are welcome to sit in our waiting room where you can watch the MOT Tester on our screen. An average MOT will take about 45 minutes to complete. Alternatively you are welcome to leave your car with us for the full day, or just for an hour or so.
Beaconsfield Old Town has a lovely range of interior design shops, a florist, art shop, café and restaurants… Why not drop your car off for an MOT and meet a friend for coffee?
To make it even easier you can now book your MOT online.
What happens if my car fails it’s MOT?
If your car does fail it’s test we will clearly explain what work is needed to get you legal and back on the road as quickly as possible. No work will be done on your car until we have discussed it with you and you are happy to proceed.
To reduce the likelihood of a failure make sure you get the vehicle serviced regularly. For simplicity you may wish to book your service at the same time as the MOT.
My car doesn’t have a valid MOT – how do I get it tested?
If your MOT has run out or your car has failed it’s MOT you are allowed to take your vehicle to a garage to have the failed defects fixed or to a pre-arranged MOT test appointment.
Your car still needs to meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness otherwise you may risk a fine, so if you have concerns please do get in touch and we can quote for transporter collection.
What is covered in an MOT?
The test isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced – it doesn’t cover the condition of your engine, clutch or gearbox, for example. We would always recommend keeping your car fully serviced so you may prefer to book your MOT together with the service.
Only fully qualified testers are allowed to carry out an MOT and they have a very large and regularly updated manual! If you would like more information on what is covered in the test visit the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency for the latest information.
What types of vehicles can you MOT?
We can test your scooter, motorbike, car, people mover (up to 8 passenger seats) or light van (up to 3000kg). These are officially identified as Class 1, 2 and 4 vehicles.