Want to learn everything about an MOT assessment? Read ahead and get all the answers to your MOT related questions!
MOT- What is it?
MOT is an annual test that ensures a vehicle’s safety on road including exhaust emissions and roadworthiness aspects that are required by the government of UK. During the MOT Test, all the essential parts of a vehicle are thoroughly examined to ensure that they’re meeting all the required legal standards.
Can a vehicle be driven without an MOT test?
Making sure that your car is MOT tested is a legal requirement. The only time you can drive without an MOT test is when you’re driving to get it done! Otherwise you can face heavy penalty for it.
When does my car need an MOT test?
It has been advised by the experts to get your first MOT test done 3 years after the date of your registration (for a brand new car). Please note, that the car then again needs to be retested every year on the anniversary of its last MOT.
How do I know when my MOT is due?
Your MOT date is mentioned on your MOT certificate, you can check from there. Another alternate is to log on to the Govt.uk site to know about your MOT status. Or find a local garage and enter your registration number along with your vehicle make on their website. This way you can check your MOT assessment status with just a few clicks.
There are many garages that offer MOT services, for example KAP Motors in one such credible garage. KAP Motors offer MOT in Brighton starting from just £25. You can get your car certified today! Just book online and choose a date and time of your convenience.
How long does an MOT test takes and what does it entail?
The MOT test takes about 45 minutes to an hour at max. The test covers all the electrical equipment, steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, seats and seatbelts, 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 that will have a date and will state that you have successfully passed the MOT test.
Can I perform MOT myself?
A complete and thorough MOT cannot be performed at home. You need to visit a local garage to get it done from the experts. However, here are a few checks that you can make to know that the following necessary car parts are working fine before taking the car to the garage:
- Check brake fluid
- Check tyre tread
- Ensure your engine has adequate oil
- Make sure your lights are working etc.
Do electric cars need an MOT?
Electric vehicles still have to pass an MOT test after three years just like any other vehicle on the road but unlike their diesel and petrol counterparts, EVs do not require an emissions test. If you are thinking of purchasing an electric car you will also need to find an Electric Car Charger Point Installer who will come to your home or place of work for fitting.