Never forget your MOT again

Find out when your MOT is due and you will also receive a reminder before your MOT due date. Set a reminder

Why do you need an MOT?

Every car needs an MOT certificate after its first 3 years of registration. The test is designed to make sure that your car is roadworthy and safe to drive.

Your MOT test outlines any areas of your vehicle’s performance and condition that don’t conform to the levels required by law. You must have your car tested every year to maintain the consistency of its good condition and to make sure that the standard of all vehicles on the roads in the UK are safe for drivers, passengers and other road users alike.

Failing your MOT

If a vehicle fails its MOT, then it’s no longer legally permitted to be driven on the road. Therefore, passing your MOT is a must, and passing the first time is a bonus when it comes to saving time and money.

If you do fail your MOT or think you’re likely to, then it’s worth considering a test centre that offers free retests. This gives you the chance to resolve any issues and not be charged the full price of the test a second, third or even fourth time.

The new MOT grading system 2018

In May 2018, the Department for Transport introduced a 3-tier grading system.

Faults are now categorised as minor, major or dangerous. Major and dangerous faults will cause an automatic test fail.

Minor fault fails will now show as a pass with defects, and it’s suggested that any ‘defects’ should be repaired as soon as possible.

How much does an MOT cost?

The price of an MOT is legally set to a maximum of £54.85 for a car. Test centres can charge less if they want to, often offering special offers to attract customers; so if you’re looking for a good deal, it can pay to shop around.

Passing your MOT test

Choose a trusted mechanic, test centre or garage

It’s recommended that when it comes to choosing a mechanic or garage to look after your pride and joy, it pays to find one that you can trust. 

Booking your MOT with Fixter couldn’t be easier; our fully insured Fixter Heroes will collect and deliver your car to your home, with flexible time slots that suit you. At Fixter we personally select and vet only the best local garages, fully covered by a 12-month warranty on parts and labour. Our in-house experts also make sure any additional quotes you receive are relevant and fairly priced, so no nasty surprises!

MOT tips and tricks

We’re not guaranteeing a pass if you check all the items on our list, but we are confident that with a little care and attention you can better your chances of getting through your MOT unscathed.

Pay attention to the following areas, and you should maximise your chances of attaining the pass you need.

  1. Tyres
    For tyres to pass the MOT test, they must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread across the central 3/4 width of the tyre. This is an automatic fail. Other automatic tyre fails include any significant damage resulting in cuts, bulges and cracking.

  2. Car lights, brake lights and indicators
    If any of your lights are inoperative, then that’s also an automatic fail. Check all bulbs: headlamps (full and dipped beam), sidelights, fog lamps, breaking and reversing lights—even the rear number plate light. Bulbs are cheap to replace. Having to fork out for a second MOT test isn’t.

  3. Car windscreen and windscreen wipers
    Chips and cracks in your windscreen won’t necessarily cause an MOT fail—it depends on the size and location of the damage.
    Chips smaller than 10mm in the direct line of sight of the driver, or in the area covered by your windscreen wipers, will still achieve a pass. Anything outside that area can be as large as 40mm before they earn a fail.
    Your wipers must be able to clear the screen