Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have my MOT carried out in advance?
Yes, of course!
It is possible to get your mot test before your old certificate runs out, up to 30 days in advance. If you do this, your new mot certificate will be valid until a year after your old certificate expires, effectively getting a 13 month MOT. The first date you can present your vehicle for MOT is printed on your MOT certificate.
If, for some reason, you need to have your mot test over 30 days in advance we can do this BUT you will lose your original expiry date. The date will be replaced by the current date a year in advance. If you present your vehicle for an mot and the computer tells us that it still has over a month left before expiry, we will notify you so you can decide whether you want us to continue or to abort the test.
What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT?
Firstly, don't panic!
Our mot tester will go through with you any mot failures that may occur. You will be given two weeks (ten working days) to arrange the repairs that need to be carried out. Weekends and Bank Holidays are not included in this time. As we are a maintenance garage also, we are happy to give you an estimate for the repairs. If you are happy with your estimate, you can leave your vehicle with us or book it in for a convenient day to bring it back for us to carry out the necessary repairs. Alternatively you can arrange your own repairs and return for a retest when the vehicle is ready. If your vehicle fails its MOT on bulbs or wiper blades only, we can replace these while you wait as we carry a good range of these to fit all types of vehicles.
How long will I get for a retest?
We offer a 10 working day, free retest service. You have 10 working days to repair your vehicle and get it retested for free. If the vehicle is not presented within this time you will have to have another full MOT, which will be charged at full price.
Will I have to pay for a retest?
We do not charge for retests providing the vehicle is presented for a retest within two weeks (ten working days). If it goes beyond this time, the vehicle will have to have a full test again which will be charged at the normal mot price. If you decide to take your vehicle away to have the repairs done elsewhere just give us a call and we'll arrange a time to bring your vehicle back for a retest- this can usually be same day.
We ask that you bring your failure sheet back with you when your return the vehicle for an MOT. This helps us check all the vehicle information and the correct repaired parts of your car quickly and efficiently.
How long will it take? Can I wait with it?
Mots usually take no longer than 45 minutes and you are welcome to wait either in the viewing area to watch your MOT test or in the reception area where it is nice and warm! We just ask you not to distract the MOT tester while the test is taking place.
What happens if its the first MOT?
The first MOT on your vehicle is due when your vehicle is three years old. For more information on your first vehicle MOT click here