As an owner of a motor vehicle you are responsible for your cars well being and
safety to ensure it isn’t a hazard for yourself or other road users. There is a
mandatory test required for all vehicles over 3 years old called an MOT test which
checks the vital elements of your vehicle to ensure it is roadworthy and meets environmental
standards. It should be carried out annually and if you are caught without a valid
or current MOT certificate, you are liable to have your car seized by the authorities.
You should visit a licensed MOT station, the station and the MOT tester are licensed
by the governing body of the MOT system, VOSA. You are able to get a new MOT certificate
for your vehicle up to 28 days before your current certificates expiry date, some
of the paramount items of your vehicle to be checked are its lights, brakes, emissions,
seatbelts, steering and suspension. MOT test prices range from around £25 to £45
depending on which test centre you use, if your vehicle fails the test for any reason
then a free retest is usually offered at most garages licensed to provide MOT certificates.
Checking a cars MOT history
If you are thinking of buying a car and would like to check its history, you can
use the following service.
The following service provided by www.gov.uk allows you to bring up a vehicles previous
MOT certificate details including mileage at the time of each test carried out after
2005. The following details are needed to use this service:
• Registration number and either 1 of the following 2 options
• 1) The MOT test number found on the respective certificate
• 2) If MOT test number is unknown you can use the document reference number of
the logbook (V5C) for the car.
The link for this service is here, you can
then cross reference any previous certificates held for the vehicle against what
is held online, all second hand cars should have previous MOT certificates available
To check a vehicles current MOT status, you can use another service provided by
the same government website. Visit this page to check
a cars current MOT status, you will require the same documents needed to check a
vehicles MOT service and the process should take no longer than a few minutes.
Appealing MOT results or problems with testing process
Just like most things in life, sometimes straightforward tasks can end up being
tangled up in various discrepancies. When having an MOT test carried out, you are
fully entitled to appeal an MOT test fail verdict and this must be done before any
subsequent repairs are carried out. The process for appeal is to firstly fill out
a ‘VT17’ form which can be found here, the form must be submitted within 14 days of the MOT
test date and once the appeal has been reviewed, VOSA will offer you an MOT recheck
within 5 days which will unfortunately require another test fee. The fee you paid
or part of the fee will be refunded if the appeal is successful.
If you feel your vehicle was incorrectly passed or you are unhappy with your MOT
If you have reasonable grounds to suspect that your vehicle was incorrectly passed
by an MOT test centre you can alert VOSA of your findings for their own investigative
needs. This also applies if you are unhappy with your MOT service, this doesn’t
apply if the staff at the garage were rude or dismissive but should apply if you
feel the way they carried out the MOT was not appropriate.
You should call the local VOSA office which the MOT testing garage can provide you,
you can also call 0300 123 9000 to find your local VOSA offices number.
Replacing a lost or damaged MOT certificate
Even the best of us can lose important things from time to time, an MOT certificate
is one such item that can be easily misplaced or damaged and this can be an issue
if you are trying to sell your car. Fortunately, there is a service that caters
for the forgetful type, you should visit your MOT testing station or any MOT testing
station for that matter and they can issue you a duplicate certificate for a fee
of no more than £10. You will need your vehicles registration number along with
the logbook document reference number.
After the computerization of MOT’s in 2005, you are now able to have a duplicate
MOT certificate sent in the post by simply having your vehicles registration number
to hand along with either the MOT certificate number or your logbook document reference
number. This service is provided by Fineline Driving Academy for a fee of £9 with
the certificate being sent by recorded delivery to the address you desire. Please
click here if you require a duplicate MOT certificate for your vehicle, just fill
out the form with a quick message letting us know that you need a replacement MOT certificate, and include the following information:
- Vehicle registration
- Either the original MOT certificate number OR your log book reference number (V5C form)
We will then send out your replacement MOT certificate within 2 working days.
Vehicles which don’t require an MOT certificate
There are various exceptions of vehicles that are exempt from requiring an MOT certificate.
These are listed below;
• Vehicles under 3 years old from first registration
• Electric vehicles
• Cars and motorbikes made before 1960