What is the current charge for an MOT?
There’s a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle. The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. You do not pay VAT on the fee.
|Vehicle class||Age first MOT needed (years)||Maximum MOT fee|
|Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc)||1||3||£29.65|
|Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)||1||3||£37.80|
|Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc)||2||3||£29.65|
|Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc)||2||3||£37.80|
|3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)||3||3||£37.80|
|3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)||4||3||£54.85|
|Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)||4||3||£54.85|
|Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)||4||3||£54.85|
|Dual purpose vehicles||4||3||£54.85|
|Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)||4||3||£54.85|
|Ambulances and taxis||4||1||£54.85|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)||4||1||£57.30|
|Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)||4||3||£54.85|
|Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check||4a||n/a||£64|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)||5||1||£59.55|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)||5||1||£80.65|
|Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check||5a||n/a||£80.50|
|Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check||5a||n/a||£124.50|
|Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)||7||3||£58.60|
How much is an MOT test in UK?
Cost of a car MOT test – The maximum fee that a garage can legally charge for a car’s MOT is £54.85, with no extra VAT on top. Some MOT test centres might charge less than the maximum fee – with Smart Care you can get an MOT for £44.99 (£39.99 if you’re an AA Member ).
Are electric cars cheaper to MOT?
What’s the cost of an electric car MOT? – EV MOTs cost the same as MOTs for petrol or diesel vehicles (despite there being fewer checks to make). The maximum charge for an MOT (excluding any work or parts your model might need) is £54.85 (though many outlets offer cheaper MOT deals).
Fully functioning lights. Clean, legal, visible number plates. Windscreen free from chips and cracks. Suitably functioning wipers. Suitably functioning seatbelts. Steering in suitable working condition. Tyres legal, each wheel spins freely. Suspension adequate. Rust checks on brackets and vital mounting points. (Testers cannot remove car parts to rust check, so the aerodynamic panel under most EVs will stay put). Brake pads and discs in good condition.
To pass the MOT EVs have to satisfy similar criteria to diesel and petrol vehicles. The only difference for an EV MOT is the removal of the emissions test.
How long does a UK MOT test take?
It doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox. To find your nearest authorised MOT test centre, visit these websites:
- England, Wales and Scotland – UK MOT
- Northern Ireland – NIDirect and book a test online
An average MOT test takes between 45 and 60 minutes, but there are a couple of other things to take into consideration. First, if your vehicle fails the test and repairs are needed this will take longer. A test centre isn’t allowed to let you drive away a car that has failed an MOT until the problems are fixed, unless your existing MOT certificate is still valid, or you’re taking the car to have the faults fixed.
Second, the test might take an hour or less, but, even if there aren’t any repairs, this doesn’t mean your vehicle will only have to be at the garage for 60 minutes. Test centres can require you to drop your vehicle off first thing in the morning and collect it when ready. This means you should be prepared to be without your vehicle for the day.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency sets the maximum fee official test centres can charge for an MOT. It’s currently £54.85 for cars and motor caravans and £29.65 for motorbikes, but many garages charge less than this – sometimes up to 50% less. Search online for “cheap MOT” or “MOT discount” to find out how you can save money on your car’s next MOT.
An MOT might also be included in the cost of a full service for your car. While servicing your car regularly is a good idea, a service, even if it includes an MOT, is likely to be more expensive than an MOT on it’s own. Nearly two in five MOT tests fail first time. Yet often this is because of minor faults the owner could easily have fixed themselves before they paid for a test.
Here are some of the ways your car could fail an MOT.
- Screen wash not topped up. This basic task takes minutes, so don’t be caught out by it.
- The car was dirty or full of clutter. Clear the mess from the boot and cabin and give the windows and mirrors a quick wipe.
- A registration plate problem. For example, the plate used the incorrect type face/spacing, or was dirty or missing altogether. If you have a personalised plate, make sure it follows DVLA rules.
- Stickers on the windscreen blocking the driver’s view. Make sure anything stuck to the windscreen like parking permits is outside the wipers’ sweep area.
- Lit-up warning light on the dashboard. The MOT has included lit-up warning lights since 2012. So make sure you know what lit-up car warning lights mean and, if you have, any sort out the underlying problem before the MOT.
This can easily be done with a 20p coin – see the diagram at Tyre Safe Check for any damage such as splits in the tread, bulges or cuts in the sidewalls. Also check the tyre pressure is correct – the car’s manual will list the right pressure and they might also be on the sidewall of the tyre itself – and increase it at a petrol station if necessary.
- The handbrake: check the tension in your handbrake.
- If it slides up and down without resistance and can’t be ratcheted to a set level, there’s likely to be a problem needing fixing by a professional mechanic.
- Seats and seatbelts: check the driver’s seat adjusts forwards and backwards and inspect the full length of the seatbelt for any damage.
Check all the seatbelts latch and fasten securely, and lock when you give them a sharp tug. Windscreen: any damage wider than 10mm in the driver’s central view will cause an MOT fail, as will any damage larger than 40mm in the whole of the swept area.
Windscreen wipers: make sure your wipers clean your windscreen effectively along with the washers. Remember, any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can mean an MOT fail. Suspension check: check the shock absorbers by applying your weight to each corner of the car then quickly releasing it. The corner of the car should quickly return to its original position.
If it bounces more than twice, this could mean the shock absorbers are faulty and need to be checked. Horn: give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work or isn’t loud enough to attract the attention of pedestrians or other motorists, get it repaired.
- Exhaust: check for exhaust leaks by starting the engine in a well-ventilated space at normal temperature, then listen from the rear of the car for any unusual noises or abnormal smoke.
- Fuel and engine oil: make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT if there isn’t enough to test your car’s emissions levels properly.
If your car fails its MOT, the test centre will give you a VT3O Certificate showing the reasons for the fail. On 20 May 2018, the MOT categories for fails and passes changed. If your car has a dangerous fault, you won’t be able to drive it away. Get a quote from the garage you got the MOT from if they do repairs, and then call around for some quotes from other local garages.
- You might be able to find the repairs cheaper even if they need to tow your vehicle to their garage.
- If your car has a major fault you may be able to drive it away if it’s still roadworthy Opens in a new window and your previous MOT has not expired yet.
- If your MOT has run out and the car is roadworthy you can drive it to have the faults fixed and to a pre-booked MOT.
If you drive a car without an MOT under any other circumstances, or drive a car with dangerous faults, you can be fined £2,500, be banned from driving and get three points on your licence. You need to fix all major and dangerous faults to make your car roadworthy and then arrange a partial MOT retest in which your car must pass before you can drive it on the roads again.
If you leave your car with the test centre for repair, you’ll be able to get a partial retest for free, as long as this is done within 10 working days of failing the MOT. If you take your vehicle away for repairs, and return it before the end of the next working day, the test is normally free. Whether it’s free or not depends on which parts are retested If you return within 10 working days to the same test centre for a partial retest, you’ll get charged a lower fee, but it won’t be free.
If your MOT has expired, it’s illegal to drive your car on the road and you could be prosecuted for doing so. Driving without a current MOT also invalidates your car insurance. So you might not be covered if you were to have an accident. The only exception would be if you already had an MOT booked and were driving your car to the test.
- There are two ways to get a replacement MOT test certificate.
- The first is free.
- Just go to GOV.UK where you can view, print and save any MOT certificate issued after 20 May 2018.
- All you need is the vehicle’s registration number and the 11-digit reference number, with no spaces, from the vehicle’s V5C, also known as a logbook.
The second way costs £10. You can go to any MOT test centre and give them your vehicle’s registration number and the V5C reference number. You don’t need a MOT certificate to sell a vehicle, but many buyers will want to see it. You also need an MOT certificate to tax your vehicle and to change the vehicle’s tax class, such as getting free tax for a disabled driver.
Can you drive a car to the MOT without an MOT?
My MOT has expired can I drive my car to the garage for the MOT test? If your vehicle doesn’t have a current MOT certificate, you can only drive it to or from a pre-arranged MOT appointment or to or from a pre-arranged repair appointment to have defects remedied that were discovered on a previous test.
You can also drive your vehicle on a road without road tax in these circumstances too but your vehicle must be insured. However, not having an MOT may have implications for the validity of your insurance – you would need to check this with your insurer. The only way you could lawfully move a vehicle without an MOT, other than in the circumstances described above, is on a trailer or recovery vehicle so that all four wheels are off the ground.
If a vehicle has failed an MOT you can’t drive it away from the garage if any of the defects were classed as being dangerous. Dangerous defects mean a direct and immediate risk to road safety or have a serious impact on the environment – do not drive the vehicle until they’ve been repaired. You will commit an offence if you park a vehicle without an MOT on the road. The law makes no mention as to how far you can go for an MOT but we would suggest the distance is kept as short as possible because even though you are exempt from having a valid MOT certificate in the circumstances described above, if you are stopped by the police you could still be prosecuted for any defective parts on your vehicle e.g. exhaust, brakes and tyres etc. If you call in at shops etc. on your way to the MOT, it may be held that you are using the vehicle for other purposes and the above exemption won’t apply. The further you travel the more likelihood there is of your vehicle triggering an ANPR camera and you being stopped. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
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