Car MOT

Once a vehicle is over three years old, getting an annual MOT is an essential event to put on the calendar as a current MOT certificate is a legal requirement. Getting that MOT done at the right time is part of your responsibility as a motorist, and an MOT comprises a range of checks to ensure that your vehicle is not polluting the environment, is roadworthy, and is not a danger to others.

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For cars that are three years old or older, the annual MOT test is a check that they are safe to be on the road. The MOT will check a range of car parts, including the tyres, brakes, wipers and lights, and will also check that the vehicle’s emissions are within acceptable levels.

The engine, gearbox and clutch are not checked as part of the MOT as they are not considered safety items.

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The MOT is an important part of your responsibility as a motorist, as this annual check for cars that are more than three years old determines if the vehicle is roadworthy, environmentally safe, and fit to drive on public thoroughfares.

An automobile with faulty brakes, for example, could be a hazard to other drivers, pedestrians and the person driving the car.

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A car MOT needn’t take very long - in fact, it can be done in as little as an hour. However, you’ll need to book the car in. The MOT section of a trusted local garage will be permanently busy, so your car will probably be one of several being tested each day.

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MOT laws are changing and with the changes coming into force from 20 May 2018, drivers need to get accustomed to the new landscape sooner rather than later.

Faults will be assigned to one of three categories: Dangerous, Major and Minor. Meanwhile, diesel cars face stricter tests before they can pass the MOT.

Conversely, certain vehicles over 40 years of age are to become exempt from the need for an MOT.

Some helpful answers to frequently asked questions about your car MOT