MOTs set to resume in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 August
On 30 March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.
Lockdown restrictions are easing, and all drivers with an MOT due from 1 August are being urged to book an MOT test. This is a legal requirement.
Drivers who have an MOT test due before 1 August will still be granted the 6-month extension. For example, if your MOT is due on 31 July, it’ll be extended to 31 January 2021.
But even if your vehicle is exempt, you should take it to the garage immediately if you notice something wrong. You can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.
For more information, visit GOV.UK.
You can continue to use our tool to check the MOT status of any vehicle for free. Just type in the reg number and you can see if your MOT is valid, as well as when your next one is due.
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- Enter your details – Tell us what you’re looking for or what needs fixing. Don’t worry if you’re not sure, we can help you pinpoint the issue. We’ll then find the best garages nearby, and give you our best price for the job.
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There are a number of factors to consider when picking the right garage. Price will usually be the main factor. But also consider customer reviews, distance from your home or place of work, and the services the garages offer.
So why not compare garages today?
How much is an MOT?
MOT prices can vary between test stations, so it usually pays to shop around if you want a cheap MOT. However, there is a maximum that an MOT garage can charge. This currently stands at £54.85 for a car and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. You could save money by comparing MOT garages in your area. On average, drivers saved up to 39%* when booking an MOT via our website.
How much is a car service?
A basic car service costs around £97, according to Who Can Fix My Car. This doesn’t include the cost of any repairs, replacements or new parts. If you’re looking for a cheap car service near you, use our comparison tool to compare garages in your area. On average, drivers saved up to £80* when booking a full service via our website.
What is checked on an MOT?
There are a number of things that an MOT garage will check when carrying out an MOT. This includes:
- Lights - The colour, condition, safety and aim of your car lights.
- Steering and suspension – The steering and suspension will be checked to see if it’s operating normally and in good condition.
- Brakes - The condition of the brakes will be assessed to make sure they’re functioning safely.
- Wheels and tyres – The general condition, security and tread depth of your tyres will be examined to ensure they’re not worn to the point of being dangerous.
- Vehicle emissions - The vehicle’s emissions will be tested to make sure they fall within safety guidelines.
To see a full list of MOT checks read our MOT guide.