Book an MOT near you, online with Protyre
Our expert network of local UK garages has been bringing low-cost and often same-day MOTs to the masses for decades. We’re one of the UK’s biggest DVSA-approved test centre networks, so whichever local MOT centre you choose, you can drive happy in the knowledge you’re getting a professional MOT at the right price – all quickly and simply booked online.
Whether you need an emergency MOT or want to get yours booked in good time, use the tool above to find an MOT centre near you and book your MOT test online today. Call our team on 0333 060 4019 if you have any questions or scroll down to find out all sorts of must-know MOT information.
How much does an MOT cost?
The maximum amount car owners can be charged for their MOT is £54.85, while for motorcycles, the limit is £29.65. That’s because in the UK, the cost of MOTs is regulated by the government.
The amount an MOT costs generally increases depending on the number of passengers transported by the vehicle. MOTs for buses with more than 16 seats that need every seatbelt checking can cost up to £124.50, for instance.
View the government-set maximum MOT test fees here.
What is an MOT?
An MOT is a mandatory test that makes sure your car meets environmental, safety and roadworthiness standards. They ensure all cars on the road are passing standards designed to protect people, infrastructure and the wider environment.
An MOT is required three years after your car was first registered and then every year afterwards, on or up to the anniversary of the first MOT test. MOTs have been a legal requirement since 1960.
Do you need an MOT?
Every vehicle that’s three years old or over needs an MOT test certificate and you must renew this once a year. If you have a car, it is your responsibility to make sure it is re-examined annually.
In addition to the obvious safety and performance issues, if you don’t have a valid MOT certificate you cannot legally drive your car on the road and you won’t be able to renew your road tax. You also face the risk of being fined up to £1,000 for driving a car that doesn’t have a valid certificate.
If your car is involved in any kind of accident, you could be asked to show your MOT certificate. If you don’t have one, your insurance claim may be affected, especially if an injury is involved.
The DVSA has also computerised the MOT test system. This means mobile camera units and police patrols can check remotely to determine whether there is a valid MOT certificate associated with your car. All of this means it’s highly likely you need an MOT.
When is my MOT due?
MOT due dates differ from car to car. If you’re behind the wheel of a new car, check out when your vehicle was registered for an idea of when your car’s first MOT is due – all cars need one three years after first being registered.
If your car is more than three years old, you will know when your car’s MOT is due by looking at its test certificate – this will give you a clear idea of when your MOT expires. If you can’t find it or don’t want to waste time looking, make use of our 100% free MOT Checker . All you need is your vehicle registration number, and we can tell you straight away if the vehicle has a valid certificate and when your MOT runs out.
How long does an MOT take?
Your car’s MOT test will typically take between 45 minutes to an hour to be completed once you’ve brought it to your nearest MOT garage.
However, bear in mind that the MOT section of your local garage will be permanently busy, so you’ll need to book the car in – you might need to come back another day or wait a while if you don’t. It’s important to arrive on time too since your car will be one of several being tested each day.
Learn more about how long MOTs take.
What does an MOT check?
When your car is MOT tested, the MOT testing centre will perform standard checks to make sure your car is safe – both for you and other road users. This doesn’t mean the car is in the best possible condition or that it’s running as efficiently as it could be. It’s all about making sure your car complies with regulations – nothing more.
Your MOT test will check several things, including:
- Electrical equipment, lamps and reflectors
- Steering and suspension
- Tyres and Wheels
- Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (SRS)
- Body, structure and other general items
- Fuel, exhaust and emissions
- Driver’s road view
- Find out what's included in an MOT test.
What doesn’t an MOT check?
So, what is not checked by an MOT test? In short, all things that are not critical to the safety of your car, its roadworthiness, or its impact on the environment.
The most important areas of your car that are not checked include the clutch, gearbox condition and engine (though the engine mountings are checked).
Your spare tyres are also not checked in the MOT test, as well as any aftermarket accessories that don’t fall within the remit of any of the test requirements – your aftermarket exhaust will be checked, for example. Learn more about what isn’t included in an MOT test.
How to book an MOT
Booking an MOT is easy. With Protyre, all you need to do is enter your registration into the tool at the top of the page, select your nearest MOT centre, then choose a date and time that suits you. You can also book services alongside the MOT if you want to be extra sure of a pass certificate, and same-day MOT bookings are also possible.
Need any help? Call our team on 0333 060 4019– they’ll be able to help.
Why book an MOT with Protyre?
Our people are MOT experts. They perform thousands every year and are qualified to perform them quickly and effectively. They have decades of experience performing MOTs for all sorts of vehicles, so you can get a professional test that doesn’t cut corners or scrimp on safety. It’s because of this focus on quality MOT tests that our Trustpilot rating is excellent – five stars.
Protyre’s experts work at garages near you too, so you can book your MOT online through us happy in the knowledge that you’re helping your local.
There are over 160 MOT centres in the UK Protyre network to choose from in all, with emergency and same-day MOTs typically available if you need an MOT test fast. We also offer motorcycle MOTs if you prefer to ride two wheels.
Don’t leave your MOT test to chance. Enlist the help of Protyre’s UK-wide network of local MOT garages and get your vehicle legally fit to drive. Book now at the top of the page, or
call us on 0333 060 4019 if you have any other questions.