Motoring Advice

MOT FAQs at Motorparks


Our MOT FAQs page here at Motorparks includes the answers to many questions that we often receive concerning this important annual check of your vehicle. Still have a query after reading through our MOT advice and tips? Contact your local dealer and get your questions answered today.

Why book an MOT at Motorparks?

  • Any repair costs given upfront.
  • Courtesy vehicles*.
  • Free collection and delivery*.
  • Our skilled technicians are manufacturer trained.
  • The latest diagnostic equipment.
  • Official manufacturer approved parts.
  • Free courtesy wash.
  • Free vehicle duty of care check included with every MOT*.

How to do I book an MOT at Motorparks?

Our cost for an MOT starts from £29*, which includes a courtesy car if required*.

You can book using the form on this page and selecting ‘MOT’, or if you have a question, go ahead and ask those as well.

*Courtesy cars are subject to availability and by pre-arranged MOT appointment only. The cost of an MOT varies depending on the dealerships and manufacturers terms. Contact your nearest dealership to find out more regarding the cost for any make and model of car or van. Terms and conditions apply.

What is an MOT test (Ministry Of Transport test)?

An MOT test is a set of standard checks carried out to ensure your vehicle meets basic safety requirements to remain roadworthy.

It is required for all vehicles over 3 years old.

Once a vehicle is over 3 years old, it is a legal requirement that an MOT test is carried out once a year. It is very important to have a valid MOT certificate, as without one your vehicle tax and insurance may become invalidated.

For more information - go to the official UK Government website via the following link:

When is my vehicle's MOT due?

Vehicles up to 3 years old

You can find out the exact date your MOT is due by checking your vehicle registration document (V5C document). The date the vehicle was first registered is the date the MOT is due, but 3 years later. For example, if your vehicle was first registered on 1st September 2013, the vehicle’s first MOT test will be due by 1st September 2016.

Vehicles over 3 years old

You can check the expiry date of your current MOT by checking your last MOT certificate (VT20 certificate).

What if I don’t have my last MOT certificate?

The DVLA have an excellent online service to find out when your vehicle’s MOT is due. All you need to do is enter your registration number and the make of your vehicle on this website.


When is the earliest I can book my MOT?

You can book your MOT up to 1 month before the expiration of your current certificate. The expiration date of your current MOT will still be preserved. For example, if your MOT is due on 31st March but your MOT is carried out on 1st April, then your next MOT will still be due on 31st March the following year.


What do we check during a MOT?

The main components of an MOT test with us are:

The overall condition and safety of your vehicle’s battery will be checked.

The vehicle bodywork and structure is checked for any excessive corrosion and sharp edges that may potentially cause harm.

The overall brake condition will be checked. Performance and operation tests will be also be carried out to test overall braking efficiency.

All doors will be tested to make sure they open and close securely and can be safely opened from both inside and outside.

Exhaust emission levels are measured to ensure they fall within specific emission guidelines.

The exhaust is inspected to make sure it is securely fixed and that there are no leaks.

Fuel System
The fuel system is inspected to check for any leaks. The tank fuel cap is tested to make sure it operates correctly and fastens securely.

The operation and efficiency of your vehicle’s horn will be tested.

Lights need to show the correct colour, aim in the correct position, function correctly and be in generally good condition.

The position and condition of all mirrors are checked. Mirrors need to provide sufficient views to the sides and rear of the vehicle.

Registration Plate
The registration plates will be checked to ensure they are securely fixed, in good condition and the characters are clearly legible from a minimum of 20 metres.

The security and fixings of the front seats is checked.

The condition and security of seatbelts are checked with an operational test.

Steering components will be inspected for any sign of wear or damage.

The condition of the suspension components will be checked for any fractures and corrosion. Operational checks will be carried out to check for any distortion.

Wheels and Tyres
We will check that your vehicle’s tyres meet the speed and load rating requirements for the vehicle. We inspect the tread depth of each tyre (1.6mm legal limit) and check for any damage such as bulges or tears.

Wheels will be inspected to make sure they are the correct size and in generally good condition.

The windscreen is tested for any chips and cracks that could affect safety, vision and security.

Windscreen Wipers
Windscreen wWipers need to operate correctly and cover enough of the screen so that driver’s vision is sufficient.

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is checked to make sure it is clearly displayed on the body or chassis.

Further Information
For full information on the test, download the VOSA MOT Testing Guide - simply click here to download the MOT Testing Guide.

Checks you can make before your MOT
It is a good idea to check certain components, such as tyres and lights, on a regular basis and particularly before your MOT to give your vehicle the best chance of passing.


What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT?

We won't proceed with any work to resolve your vehicle failing its MOT without your permission.

In the unlikely event that your vehicle fails, you will be informed of the repairs and costs required to pass a re-test. You can then decide if you would like Motorparks to continue with the repairs on the same day where possible.

If you have booked your MOT in advance and it fails, you are still legally allowed to drive your vehicle until the MOT expires. However, we would always advise you have your vehicle repaired for safety reasons before you drive away.

Free Re-Test

Most MOT centres offer a free re-test, providing the vehicle is returned within 1 working day. At Motorparks, we are prepared to offer a free re-test for up to 14 working days from the date of the completed but failed test.