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Booking your Mot test early 

14th November, 2017

Waiting until the last minute for MOT testing isn’t efficient.  Since you can take the MOT test anytime within a month, minus a day, before your renewal date, why not schedule your test early and leave plenty of time for repairs?  If you’ve maintained your car in good working order, there’s no need to break a sweat and shake at the knees in the hope your car will pass.  Ignoring regular maintenance is usually what creates the challenges, so give yourself time for repairs if you’ve made a habit of ignoring potential problems.

Has your Mot test already expired?

If your Mot test has lapsed or expired, you could and are more likely to be driving illegally. There’s a slight chance you could avoid the £1000 fine if you’re on your way to the testing centre or to get the necessary repairs done resulting from a failed Mot.  Otherwise, you could be fresh out of luck.  Those who disagreed with their Mot test results have been known to appeal it to the DVSA, but that must be accomplished within 14 days of your test.  There’s better than a 50/50 chance your appeal will go nowhere, and then you’re back to square one.

Where to go for your Mot testing

Organising your car for its Mot test at a reputable garage that can test and do any necessary repairs could save you time and money.  If you car fails the Mot, but the repairs are completed before the end of the next day, you won’t have to pay again for the test.  If your car needs only a partial re test that’s done within ten working days without leaving the garage, again, you won’t have to pay for another test.  So, choose a trusted garage with competent people who can offer immediate remedies for your failed test.

Are you driving on a failed Mot result?

If you’re still well inside of the expiration date, no problem.  Your previous Mot pass does not invalidate you failed test. However, take note, if you should happen to get in an accident and the fault could be proved to be a defect pointed out by your most recent Mot test, you will be in hot water. Or, if the police stop you and inspect your car, you could be penalized,  gain points on your license and say goodbye to your driving privileges for an extended period.