When to get an MOT

The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test checks that your vehicle meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards to participate in our road system here in the UK. It is not an indication of road worthiness or an indication to the condition or potential longevity of the vehicle. Avia Autos offers Class 4 MOT testing.

By law you are required to have a valid MOT test by either:

  • The third anniversary of its registration
  • The last anniversary of its last MOT, if it is over 3 years old

There are some exceptions*, some vehicles do not require a test at all and some require a test at one year after first registration. It is advisable to check the government website to check if your vehicle is considered an exception with regards to the MOT test. 

You can be fined up to £1,000* for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Earliest you can get an MOT

An MOT lasts for one year and it runs out on the date printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. No test station is able to alter this date and it is the responsibility of the vehicle presenter to ensure that they are presenting the vehicle within the appropriate time frame in order to maintain the original renewal date. No refund will be given if a vehicle is presented too early and no adjustment can be made at any test station to alter the MOT date.

If the MOT has run out

You cannot drive your vehicle on the road without a valid MOT and you can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • To or from somewhere to be repaired
  • To a pre-arranged MOT
Booking an MOT

You can book my phone or over the internet and you will need to supply your name, a contact phone number, the vehicle manufacturer and model, and the registration number. It is helpful if you can provide any further details such as any faults or additional services you may wish to have on the same day in order to book appropriate workshop time to you. If your vehicle fails the MOT test you can remove the vehicle from the test station for repair or the repair can be carried out here at the test station. Re-test fees may apply to vehicles removed from the test station and guidance can be found on the government website. There is a limit of 10* days to complete repairs. Only approved an MOT test centre can perform the MOT test and they must be approved for the class your vehicle falls under. Information about vehicle classes can be found on the government website. Avia Autos is an approved MOT test centre for Class 4 testing.

MOT cost £54

Re-test cost (if applicable) £27 N.B vehicles left at this station for repair do not incur a re-test cost, please see the government website for the most current advice concerning re-test costs.

If a vehicle is not presented before 10 days for re-test a full test will need to be completed and the full fee applies. Further details can be found on the government website. 

How the MOT test works

The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox but it does check the important safety parts of the vehicle to make sure that they meet the legal minimum standards. You can watch the test from a viewing area but legally you are not allowed to interrupt the tester during the MOT test. The MOT test is not a indication of road-worthiness. 

The government website has made the testing manuals and guides available for public viewing and they will tell you everything that is tested. On occasions there are amendments to these publications and they are called “Special Notices”, these supersede the information found in the guides and again they are available on the government website for public viewing. 

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • You will get an MOT certificate 
  • It will be recorded in the MOT database
Mileage reading

The MOT will show the current mileage, if this is incorrect then it should be reported to the tester immediately. This can be rectified if reported within 7 days and a replacement certificate can be issued. After this the recording cannot be changed. Mistakes on an earlier mileage cannot be changed.


Failing the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

  • You will get a refusal of an MOT test certificate
  • It will be recorded in the MOT database

You can appeal the decision if you think it is wrong and the process to do this can be found on the government website.

Driving a vehicle that has failed

You can take your vehicle away if your MOT certificate is still valid.

If your MOT has run out you can take your vehicle to:

  • Have the failed defects fixed
  • A pre-arranged MOT test appointment

In both cases, your vehicle still needs to meet the minimum standards of road-worthiness, details of this can be found in the Highway Code on the government website.

You can be fined up to £2,500*, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition even if the vehicle still has a previous valid certificate. 

If you think your car has passed when it shouldn’t have

You need to complain to the DVSA and their form can be found on the government website. The DVSA will contact you to discuss your complaint and if the DVSA decides to recheck your vehicle you will need to arrange a date. You won’t need to pay the test fee again. They will send you an inspection report listing any vehicle defects. 

If you are unhappy with your MOT service

Please contact us to discuss any aspect of our service you unhappy with or you can contact the DVSA directly, details of their call charges can be found on the government website.


Telephone: 0300 123 9000

Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6pm

*information sourced from the government website, www.gov.uk this information is subject to change and the most up to date information regarding all aspects of the MOT test, including fines and testing exceptions, can be found on that site. Avia Autos offers no guarantee that the government information here is kept up to date.