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Our expert insights into MOT

Our expert insights into MOT

What's an MOT?

The MOT test is how the government checks your vehicle meets national safety and environmental standards. At Fixter, we make the process hassle-free with our straightforward, no-nonsense UK-wide service.

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How much does it cost for my MOT?

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Terry, Fixter in-house mechanic expert

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What's an MOT?

The MOT test is how the government checks your vehicle meets national safety and environmental standards. At Fixter, we make the process hassle-free with our straightforward, no-nonsense UK-wide service.

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How much does it cost for my MOT?

Save up to 30% on your MOT. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

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Daniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often an MOT needs to be done?

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Terry

Terry, Fixter in-house mechanic expert

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How much does MOT cost?

How much does MOT cost?

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A typical MOT in the UK costs around £34.00. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a MOT on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We have computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much the MOT should cost.

Car make and modelDealers
average price
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Hyundai Getz Gsi

1.6 litres

£41.28 £34.0018%

Nissan Figaro

1 litres

£43.37 £34.0022%

Volkswagen Bora

1.9 litres

£46.97 £34.0028%

Volkswagen Caddy 69ps Sdi

2 litres

£43.28 £34.0021%

Jaguar Xf

2.2 litres

£43.10 £34.0021%

Fiat 500 Lounge Turbo

0.9 litres

£41.42 £34.0018%

Jaguar Xf Luxury D

2.2 litres

£46.32 £34.0027%

Skoda Citigo S 12v

1 litres

£46.69 £34.0027%

Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear

2.8 litres

£45.44 £34.0025%

Jeep Grand Cherokee

3 litres

£41.45 £34.0018%

Volkswagen Caddy 69ps Sdi

2 litres

£43.28 £34.0021%

Hyundai Getz Gsi

1.6 litres

£41.28 £34.0018%

Nissan Figaro

1 litres

£43.37 £34.0022%

Jaguar Xf Luxury D

2.2 litres

£46.32 £34.0027%

Skoda Citigo S 12v

1 litres

£46.69 £34.0027%

* The cost of your MOT depends on your car make and model and may vary depending on your location.

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    The service was as described. I only booked it 2 days before they picked my car up from my house, did the MOT and dropped it back off. I needed a new bulb so they called before they changed it to make sure I was happy. Very good service and will be recommending. Thank you!

  • Angela Best
    from London
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    Found out my mot had run out and needed to get it done quick. Found fixter on website. Prompt collection by Tony. Received a call roughly an hour later to say car passed mot and is ready to be delivered back. Fantastic service. Will be using them again. Cheers guys.

  • Pauline Frame
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    Excellent response to request for MOT, on time for collection and advised by phone when car passed!! Will use again and recommend to friends and family.

  • Mark Rochell
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    The Fixter experience from start to finish was seamless. And Mark the driver explained everything.I wil be using this service again.well done FIXTER

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    Efficient, polite and timely... what more could you want! Oh yes... great value.

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    A great service with great people

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We personally select every local garage based on our unique 25-point criteria, which includes staff qualifications, equipment standards and customer ratings.

Fully qualified mechanics with 10+ years’ experience 👨‍🔧

Your car is in the UK’s safest expert hands.

Manufacturer-equivalent parts only ⚙️

Identical to your manufacturer’s, but much cheaper!

In-house experts approve all work personally 🔍

Every service carried out by our partner garages is fully reviewed.

12-month warranty on parts and labour 🛠

Any additional work needed will be carried out for free.

Want to learn more about MOT?

Want to learn more about MOT?

What's an MOT?

The MOT test is how the government checks your vehicle meets national safety and environmental standards. Your car is first tested three years post-registration, then annually, and driving a vehicle without a valid MOT could mean a fine of up to £1,000. The most common reasons for failing your MOT including lighting and signalling, suspension, brakes and tyres. And nearly a quarter of diesel vehicles reportedly fail their MOTs due to the stricter guidelines on diesel emissions. MOT time can feel nerve-racking, especially if you rely on your vehicle heavily for work or family reasons. But it doesn’t have to be. At Fixter, we make the process hassle-free with our straightforward, no-nonsense UK-wide service.

Can I drive my vehicle if I fail my MOT?

The only times you can drive a car that has failed its MOT is if the previous certificate still in operation, or if you're driving to a pre-arranged and booked MOT test. However, if your car has failed on a dangerous defect, then you must not drive the vehicle under any circumstances. If you get caught driving a car with a dangerous defect MOT failure, you will be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.

How do I know when my MOT runs out?

The expiration date for your MOT is shown on your previous or current MOT certificate. If your MOT certificate isn't available, then you can check the details at DVSA website. All you need is the car's registration number. The information provided shows both your tax and MOT status and both expiry dates. From here you can access several additional services, including taxing your car, registering it SORN, selling a vehicle or checking for a stolen vehicle.

How do I prepare for my MOT?

There are several basics every car owner can check before taking their car for their MOT test.

Check all lights and bulbs work as they should, tyre pressures and tyre treads conform to the legal standards, and there are no leaks from any part of your exhaust system. You should also make sure your windows are clean, that your registration plates are clean and visible and that there is clear access to the spare tyre.

Other areas drivers can check are the horn, handbrake, seatbelts, mirrors, and all fluid levels.

How long should it take to do an MOT?

The typical time taken for an MOT test is between 45 minutes and an hour. For tests where the repairs required to achieve a pass have been arranged to be carried out during the test, then times can be significantly longer, depending on the type of repairs required.

Do garages fail MOT on purpose?

No. The MOT test is to guarantee a car is safe to drive and nothing else.

All MOT garages and test centres are held to the same standards. The DVSA carries out random inspections to ensure the standards are consistent between testers. Where a garage or a test centre is seen to fail more than typically acceptable number of tests, they will order an investigation to examine the reasons why.

Do speed cameras check MOT?

Generally, speed cameras are used solely to catch drivers who are breaking the speed limit.

However, some cameras can cross-reference registration numbers against DVLA records, including road tax, vehicle insurance and MOT certificates. These specialist cameras are called ANPR cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition).

These cameras can be fixed to a specific location or mobile. Police utilise mobile ANPR cameras to electronically check a passing vehicle's details.

Is your insurance valid without MOT?

Driving without an MOT is illegal and can invalidate your insurance. However, some insurers will honour your vehicle insurance but may reduce any payout to reflect the value of the car without an MOT certificate. You should check the terms of your insurance policy, but better still, you should always keep your car in roadworthy condition by holding a valid MOT at all times.

What's the fine for no MOT?

The current fine for driving without an MOT can reach up to £1,000 if the case is taken to court. A typical spot-check fine is £100 with no penalty points.

However, depending on the state of the vehicle, any dangerous defects can result in much higher fines and 3 penalty points for each defective item. An accumulation of 12 penalty points can lead to a driving ban.

How much is an MOT retest?

If a car remains at the testing station, where the repairs required to pass the test are carried out, there will be no retest fee.

If a car is removed from the testing station but returned within 10 days, a partial retest fee may be charged.

Only one partial retest per full MOT is allowed. Any tests carried out after the 10-day period, will be charged at full price.

MOT tests and partial retests carry different rates for different centres. Please ask your local test centre for full details.

What gets checked on MOT?

There are a vast number of tests carried out on your car during its MOT. They include everything from exhaust emissions to bodywork. For a full breakdown of the parts checked and what they need to conform to pass, visit the DVSA website.

Will a car fail MOT with ABS light on?

Yes. Your ABS (anti-lock braking system) warning light is an indicator that something in your braking system isn't working correctly, which indicates a safety issue. Problems with wheel speed sensors, the ABS sequence or the electronic stability control (ESC) system is damaged or not working as required will provide a major category fail.

Can a car fail MOT on suspension?

Yes. A car's suspension is a common area of MOT failure. There is a complete section of your MOT that covers axles, wheels, tyres and suspension. Suspension springs, shock absorbers, rods, struts, sub-frames and anti-roll bars are all tested, and where broken, worn, or loose-fitting, they will result in a dangerous or major MOT fail.

The suspension system is also tested as a complete unit and, again, will also deliver a major or dangerous fail where it doesn't achieve the required results.

Can I retest MOT at another garage?

Yes, you can. If you use the same garage for your MOT retest, then there's a good chance they will carry out the retest for free. If you take the car away for repairs but return for the retest or partial retest within 10 working days, then you may be charged a retest fee.

If you do choose another garage or testing centre to repair and retest your car, they will charge the retest fee. If you return for a retest or partial retest over 10 working days after the initial MOT fail was recorded, you will be required to pay the full MOT test fee.

What can fail an MOT?

Almost anything that affects your vehicle's safe performance. Your car is tested over many areas, and a single defect in any of them can prevent you from gaining the MOT certificate you require to drive legally.

Electrical equipment, steering, tyres, suspension, brakes, seatbelts, seats, exhaust, emissions, mirrors, wipers, windscreen, and your vehicle identification number all contribute to the test.

Is the new MOT harder to pass?

More checks than ever are required to pass an MOT since the updates that came into effect in May 2018. Emissions tests are stricter than before, as is dashboard monitoring. New testing includes under-inflated tyres, contaminated brake fluid, missing brake pads, defective warning lights and more.

The new MOT elements are to ensure that our vehicles are safe to drive and conform to EU standards.

Can you view MOT certificates online?

Yes, you can. If you have the registration number and the V5C log book number, you can view the MOT results as soon as the test centre has recorded them. The information is available from the DVSA website, where you can also set up email or text reminders for your next MOT test.

How soon can I MOT my car?

You can MOT your car up to 30 days before your existing certificate expires. Your new MOT certificate will add a full 12 months to your current expiry date, so you won't be penalised for having your car checked over in good time.

What is an MOT certificate?

An MOT certificate confirms that every car in the UK performs to specific required safety and performance levels. The legislation is managed and monitored by the DVSA. The certificate lasts for 12 months and details information about the car's health and operation. The MOT certificate is issued by registered garages or testing centres after a thorough inspection of many of the vehicle's components and systems.

Do I need an MOT?

There is a selection of exceptions to vehicles to require an MOT to drive on the road. Apart from historic vehicles, others include electric powered goods vehicles, tractors and some work-related models. The information regarding those exceptions is available on the DVSA website.

A full list of exempt vehicles is available on the MOT exemption form (V112).

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