MOT Advice & FAQs

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Below, you will find our answers to some of the questions we most frequently receive in relation to MOTs at our test centre in Southend-on-Sea.

If your query isn’t addressed here, please feel free to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable team, by calling 01702 612472 or sending us an email.

MOT Advice & FAQ

According to UK law, an annual MOT test is required for every car aged over three years old. The purpose of an MOT test is to determine whether a given vehicle meets certain minimum roadworthiness requirements set out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The MOT test itself essentially takes the form of a visual inspection of the tested car.

It is possible to arrange an MOT test for your car for a date up to 28 days before your due date, while retaining that date for the next year.

This would mean that if, for instance, your MOT expiry date is 28th May 2021, you could have the MOT done as early as 1st May 2021, and your MOT expiry date for the following year would still be 28th May 2022.

It only typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour for an MOT test to be completed. You can simply leave your car at our Southend MOT test centre, and when it is ready, we will call you.

In the event of the car requiring additional repairs, we will let you know before getting on with the work, providing you with an upfront quote. The amount of time this further work will take will depend on what exact repairs are carried out

A wide range of components are checked on a car undergoing an MOT test. These include such key elements as its lights, electrical equipment, steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seat belts, body, exhaust system, and the driver’s view of the road.

If your previous MOT has expired, you are only permitted to drive the car directly to the garage for its MOT test, or to and from somewhere it will be repaired. If the police stop you on the way there, you must be able to show them proof of an appointment booked at the garage.

A car lacking a valid MOT signifies that it has not been judged in legal terms to be safe to drive. If, therefore, the authorities discover that you have been driving without one and the above exceptional circumstances do not apply, you could be fined as much as £1,000, in addition to your vehicle being impounded. Driving without a valid MOT would also invalidate your car insurance.

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