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Planning to book your MOT? We understand that you may have some questions before taking the plunge.

At MOT Cardiff, our experienced team is here to help. With a wealth of knowledge in servicing and MOTs, we’re ready to provide you with the information you need. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked MOT questions to ensure you’re fully prepared and aware of the MOT process.

Let us guide you through the MOT journey, so you can confidently book your MOT with peace of mind.

Can I check if a car has failed an MOT before?

Absolutely! Use the DVSA's MOT History checker to access your vehicle's past MOT test results. Discover whether it passed or failed, where each test was conducted, and any specific components that may have had minor issues.

How can I check if my MOT is still valid?

Checking your MOT's validity is a breeze. Visit the DVSA's MOT status checker, enter your vehicle's registration number, confirm the make and colour, and it will display the current validity status along with the expiration date. Additionally, you can find your vehicle tax expiry date on the same page.

Can I drive a car after the MOT has expired?

No, it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the road after its MOT has expired. You may only drive the vehicle to a repair shop or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

Will I be notified when my MOT is due?

The DVLA does not provide automatic notifications. However, at MOT Cardiff, we offer a free reminder service to help you remember when your MOT is due each year.

What are the most common MOT failures?

To provide insight into common MOT failures, here are the top ten issues:

  • Incorrect headlamp aim
  • Poor brake performance
  • Broken registration plate lamps
  • Sidelights not working
  • Insufficient tire tread depth
  • Worn windscreen wipers
  • Faulty brake lights
  • Broken suspension coil springs
  • Headlight(s) not working
  • Lack of washer fluid
How much does an MOT cost?

MOT costs are regulated, with maximum fees set for different vehicle types. For cars, the maximum fee is £54.85, and for standard motorcycles, it's £29.65. It's worth noting that MOT fees are VAT-free. Refer to the GOV UK website for a full breakdown of maximum costs.

What happens if I fail my MOT?

If your vehicle fails the MOT and is categorized as having 'dangerous' or 'major' problems, you will not be allowed to drive it until the issues are resolved. Along with the failure, you may receive a list of 'minor' or 'advisory' problems that should be monitored or fixed in the future. A 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' will be issued, and the result will be recorded in the MOT database.

How soon can I book an MOT?

To determine the earliest available appointment, please book online by clicking here.

How can I prepare for my MOT?

To increase your vehicle's chances of passing the MOT, here are the top 10 tips:

  • Visit a reputable garage like MOT Cardiff.
  • Ensure you have your logbook (V5C) if it's the vehicle's first MOT or after a registration change.
  • Check all lights and replace any faulty bulbs.
  • Examine tire tread depth using a 20p coin.
  • Top up screen wash and inspect the windscreen and wipers.
  • Test the brakes for any issues.
  • Clean the registration plate.
  • Check the exhaust and emissions.
  • Inspect the steering for any irregularities.
  • Examine the bodywork for rust or damage that could affect the structure.
What happens if I pass my MOT?

When your vehicle passes the MOT, you'll receive a new MOT certificate, and the result will be recorded in the national MOT database. You may also receive a list of 'minor' or 'advisory' problems to address in the future, which is advisable to prevent them from becoming more serious or costly.

How long does an MOT take?

On average, an MOT test takes between 45 to 60 minutes. It is recommended to allow at least one hour for the process, ensuring your vehicle is ready for collection. In the event that essential repairs are required, additional time may be needed, but the aim is always to complete the work as quickly as possible.

What is checked in an MOT?

An MOT test covers various key vehicle components, including tires, brakes, lights, seats, steering, suspension, electrical wiring, windscreen, seatbelt system, doors, fuel system, exhaust system, exhaust emissions, and more. It does not, however, cover the overall condition of the engine, clutch, or gearbox.

What types of vehicles are eligible for an MOT at MOT Cardiff?

MOT Cardiff conducts MOT tests for both Class 4 and Class 7 vehicles. Class 4 covers cars, while Class 7 includes motorhomes and large vans up to 3500 kg.

When is my MOT due?

For vehicles under 3 years old, the MOT is generally not required. Otherwise, the MOT is due either on the third anniversary of registration or on the anniversary of the last MOT for vehicles older than 3 years.

Which vehicles are exempt from MOT?

Certain vehicles are exempt from requiring an MOT, including electric goods vehicles registered before March 1, 2015, tractors, and some historic or 'classic' vehicles. You can find a full list of exempt vehicle types on the official government website.

How often do I need a new MOT?

An MOT is valid for one year and must be renewed before the expiry date.

Is there a charge for a retest?

If you return to the same test centre within the next working day for a partial retest on specific items, you do not have to pay again. However, if you take the vehicle away from the test centre for repairs and return within 10 working days for a partial retest, a fee may be charged.

What documents do I need to bring for my MOT?

For a vehicle's first MOT or after a registration plate change, bring along the V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book). Otherwise, no additional documentation is required.

What if I disagree with the MOT decision?

If you believe that the MOT test centre made an incorrect decision, you have the right to appeal, regardless of whether your vehicle passed or failed. Fill out the DVSA's official complaint form and submit it within 14 working days of the test. The DVSA will contact you to discuss your appeal and, if necessary, arrange a recheck of your vehicle.

Can I drive my car if the MOT has expired?

No, driving a vehicle on the road with an expired MOT is illegal and can result in prosecution. The only exceptions are driving to a repair shop or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

What's the difference between an MOT and a service?

An MOT test focuses on assessing a vehicle's roadworthiness, ensuring it meets specific safety standards. A service, on the other hand, is designed to maintain the mechanical aspects of the vehicle and optimise its performance. While an MOT is a legal requirement, a service is not mandatory but highly recommended for maintaining the vehicle's

What should I do if I lose my MOT certificate?

If you lose or damage your MOT certificate, don't worry. You can obtain a replacement from any MOT center. Visit the DVSA's website and follow the necessary steps to request a replacement certificate online, free of charge. You will need the vehicle registration number and the 11-digit number from the vehicle log book (V5C).