Motor service company KAP Motor Group have released a guide to the basics for ensuring your MOT goes smoothly.
What is an MOT Test?
MOT Test or Ministry of Transport Test is a test for checking the roadworthiness of a vehicle to ensure safety and reduce the chances of road accidents. This is a mandatory test that is required to be taken by all cars in the UK. All the essential components of the vehicle are checked and tested during the test to certify whether they meet the required legal standards or not.
Can a vehicle be driven without an MOT Certificate?
Making sure that your car is MOT tested is a legal requirement. Driving without a valid MOT certificate can result in a heavy penalty of up to 1000 pounds. Also, driving an unfit car even with a valid MOT certificate can result in an even bigger penalty. So no, you can’t drive a vehicle without a valid MOT test.
When do I need to get the MOT Test done?
For a new car the MOT test has to be taken after it is 3 years old (from the date of your cars’ registration). After that the car has to be re-tested every year.
How do I check when my MOT is due?
The easiest way is to check your MOT certificate. If you don’t have a prior certificate and want to get the test done for the first time then you can check your status from govt.uk.
Many local car garage and tyre websites also offer this service. You just have to enter your registration number along with your vehicle make on their website and you will be able to find out the status of your MOT.
If your MOT is due all you have to do is find a local credible garage and book your MOT test online. For all the people living in Sussex region, one such credible car garage is KAP Motors Brighton. You can book MOT Test Online at KAP Motors at a date and time of your choosing.
How long does an MOT test take?
It takes about 45 minutes to an hour at max. The test covers all the electrical equipment, steering, fluids, suspension, brakes, tyres, seats and seatbelts, filters, exhausts and emissions, windscreen, lights, wipers and mirrors’ checks.
If your vehicle clears the MOT test checklist, you will be issued an MOT certificate there and then and you’ll be back on road in no time. If not then you will need to get the repairs done before a certificate can be issued to you.
The above article covers the basics that you need to acquaint yourself with so that you can be safe on the road.