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Why do I need an MOT?

Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it's three years old. There are different rules if it's used as a taxi

A MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn't mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn't cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

Pre MOT Checklist

Carrying out a number of simple pre-MOT checks can save you time and money, by avoiding wasted test fees, repair costs and the delay caused by putting the car through the MOT a second time around.

It is generally a good idea to check the condition of the following items before your MOT test:

  • General exterior
  • Brakes
  • Exhaust System and Emissions
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Seats and Seatbelts
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Windscreen, Washers and Wipers

Current MOT Test Fees / Prices

Vehicle type 1st MOT Class Fee
Motor bicycles 3 yrs 1 and 2 £29.65
Motor bicycles with side car 3 yrs 1 and 2 £37.80
3 wheeled vehicles 3 yrs 3 £37.80
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 3 yrs 4 £54.85
Motor caravans 3 yrs 4 £54.85
3 wheeled vehicles (over 450 kg unladen weight) 3 yrs 4 £54.85
Quads (max unladen weight 400 kg - for goods vehicles 550 Kg and max net power of 15 kw) 3 yrs 4 £54.85
Dual purpose vehicles 3 yrs 4 £54.85
Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats) 3 yrs 4 £54.85
Ambulances and taxis 1 yr 4 £54.85
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9-12 passenger seats) 1 yr 4 £57.30
Class 4a (includes seat belt installation check) N/A 4 £64.00
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances - 13-16 passenger seats 1 yr 5 £59.55
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances - more than 16 passenger seats 1 yr 5 £80.65
13-16 passenger seats N/A 5a £80.50
More than 16 passenger seats N/A 5a £124.50
Goods vehicles (over 3,000 kg up to 3,500 kg DGW) 3 yrs 7 £58.60

Note: the fees shown are the maximum fees and they are not subject to VAT.

Duplicate certificates

The maximum fee for a duplicate test certificate is £10.00 or half the full test fee if less.

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