These are the most common questions about MOTs – asked by customers and seen around the web.
Learn more about the MOT test and why it’s important to get yours booked up in plenty of time.
Nothing too exciting – it just stands for Ministry of Transport.
The maximum any garage can charge is £54.85.
Our standard fee for an MOT test is just £50 – and we carry out most minor repairs for free.
The only time you are permitted to drive once the MOT is expired is when driving to a pre-booked MOT test.
If you do this, please provide us with your registration number when making your test appointment so that if you’re pulled over, we can confirm that you were on your way to us.
Yes, and so can roadside traffic cameras. Police cars automatically scan number plates while in traffic, which is checked against the information held on the Police National Computer. All relevant details of all UK registered cars are held on this system – including insurance status, tax and MOT expiry.
You can only drive your car back home if:
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a dangerous problem.
Provided that no dangerous problems were listed in the MOT test, you have 10 working days to sort out any repairs and bring the vehicle back for a free retest. A retest only covers the failure points, so may only take a few minutes.
If you can’t make it within 10 working days, we have to perform a full test at the full test rate.
A surprising number of cars fail the MOT test for simple reasons – like blown light bulbs, tatty windscreen wipers or even a faulty horn.
A vehicle can fail and still be driven until a retest, with only minor to major failure points.
But there can be deeper and more dangerous issues, like damaged seat belts, excessive corrosion of critical parts and ineffective breaks due to multiple component failures.
A vehicle cannot be driven if it fails with dangerous failure points. It must be repaired and pass the dangerous failure points in the MOT test before it can be driven again.
Yes we can – and we can send you a free reminder text or email, two weeks before it’s due.
You can find your MOT expiry date at the Vehicle Enquiry Service. You will need your vehicle registration number to use this service.
Yes, you can. You will need to provide your registration number and the reference number from your V5C (logbook). With that, we can print a duplicate certificate, which costs £5.
The MOT test takes around 45 minutes and of course, you are welcome to wait – we have a waiting room with free hot drinks and WiFi.
Motorbikes are Class I (up to 200cc) or Class II (over 200cc, including sidecar). Most cars will be Class IV.
Most small vans, Transit vans and motorhomes are Class IV, too.
Vans and goods vehicles of 3 to 3.5 tonne are Class VII.
We may not be able to test some particularly long or tall vehicles – it depends on whether they’ll fit in our workshop. If in doubt, just ask us for advice.
If your car is over three years old and was made after 1st January 1960, it requires an annual MOT. Find out more about exempt vehicles at gov.uk. Pre-1960 vehicles are exempt from testing, but owners may still choose to give them an MOT test.
Book an MOT in Eastleigh today, with We Only Do MOTs. We promise to provide an impartial, independent MOT to everyone – and will carry out most minor repairs for free!
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