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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.

How long can you drive without MOT?

You can't. If you don't hold a valid MOT, you will be fined if you're caught without one.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how often does an MOT need to be done?

Your car is first tested three years post-registration, then annually, and be aware that driving a vehicle without a valid MOT could mean a fine of up to £1,000.

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How Fixter works

Simply book online and we'll handle the rest

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Upfront, fair pricing, with free collection & return and no hidden costs. Our in-house experts will then choose the ideal garage to work on your car.

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A fully-insured Fixter driver will pick up your car, whenever and wherever works for you. (If you’d prefer to drive your car to the garage yourself, that’s not a problem!).

Accordion item 3 imageWe return your car the same day

Our in-house experts will keep you updated, and your card is only charged once all work has been satisfactorily completed and approved by our team. Your driver will then drop the car back when it’s convenient for you.

Our reviews

Takes a lot of stress away

I would definitely recommend this company: knowing someone was keeping an eye on everything to make sure I wasn't being overcharged for parts and labour takes a lot of stress out of having the work done. I felt really well looked after. Thank you Fixter.

Kathleen Hodge, West Yorkshire

Excellent service

Excellent service. On time to pick up my car & drop it back. Full service cost £179, main dealer quoted me £700-lots different!

Muhammad, Birmingham

Total game-changer!

Just had my MOT done through Fixter for the first time. It took about 5 minutes of my time in total to book, hand over the key, and get it back when the car was returned. So I was able to carry on looking after my 2 year old. Total game-changer!

Oliver Woodford, London

No need to drive to a garage

Can't get more convenient than someone turning up, taking the car from the house for its MOT and returning it a few hours later. No having to drive to a garage (often miles from anywhere or in the middle of an industrial estate) or hanging around waiting.

Darren, Pontefract

I literally cannot fault them

This is the 3rd time I have used Fixter and I recommend to everyone. It makes getting an MOT super easy for me. Everyone I speak to on the phone is incredibly helpful and polite, and they seem to be the most cost effective. I literally cannot fault them.

Julia M, Bristol

Want to learn more about BMW X7 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.

BMW

BMW AG is a German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer that was established over 100 years ago in March 1916. They also own Mini and Rolls Royce, after taking over the two British marques in 2000 and 1998 respectively.

BMW makes luxury vehicles and is possibly most famous for its sports saloon models. In 2018, BMW had 1.9m vehicles on the roads in the UK, a number that has been steadily increasing each year for the past decade.

As one of the ‘big 3’ German marques, along with Audi and Mercedes, BMW carries a strong reputation for making high-quality stylish vehicles, and have captured a large section of the UK market.

Luxury family and business models for every driver

Probably most popular for the 3 Series and 5 Series saloon models, BMW has got every possible angle covered for the more discerning drivers.

The full range includes everything from the 1 Series city car to the full-size saloons and sports coupes of the 7 and 8 Series models.

To provide everything you’d ever need for family motoring there’s a seven-seat MPV, their range of X model SUVs, and since 2014, the introduction of their plug-in electric i models. Top it all off with their M model high-performance supercars, the Z4 convertible and the i8 Roadster—and you’ve got the full package.

BMW: High performance on and off the track

BMW has a successful history in a range of motorsports.

They have been significant performers in touring car racing and rally driving, enjoyed success in Formula One with the BMW Sauber team, and BMW cars have been regular competitors and winners at Le Mans since the race’s early years.

BMW’s reliability and reputation

BMW ranked 16th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. BMW hasn’t always had the best reputation for reliability but to rank alongside marques such as Honda, Volkswagen and Fiat they’re holding their own alongside plenty of the other big names.

How an MOT works?

Here’s what our friendly, top-quality service offers:

  • Free collection and delivery of your motor to and from the garage at times to suit you, meaning you won’t need to deal with the garage yourself, or hang around while the MOT is being done.

  • Our upfront, transparent pricing beats most of the competition and local garages hands down, and there are no hidden costs.

  • A year-long warranty on all parts and labour.

  • Parts are manufacturer-equivalent only.

Do you get 14 days grace for an MOT?

There is no grace period for a valid MOT certificate. The confusion in this matter is that you can apply for your MOT certificate a month before the existing certificate runs out. Any time left on the existing certificate is added to the 12-month period earned by the new certificate.

Do police know if you have no MOT?

Yes. The police can make a simple check against your registration number using the information held by the DVSA. Checks are often carried out automatically when the police use a mobile ANPR camera to scan registration plates. This information provides up-to-the-minute details about your road tax, vehicle insurance and MOT.

What happens if you forget to MOT your car?

If you forget to MOT your car, you will be awarded a £100 on-the-spot fine. Penalties for driving without an MOT can reach as high as £1,000. If your car is not considered roadworthy or it would fail an MOT on a dangerous defect issue, you could be fined up to £2,500.

If you have forgotten to MOT your car, you must secure one as soon as possible.

Does your MOT expire at midnight?

Yes. Your MOT certificate expires at midnight of its expiry date. However, it's not advised to leave your MOT test until the last minute. Where further work is required to pass the test, you may be left without a valid MOT and unable to drive your car.

Are brake pads checked on MOT?

Yes. You must have a minimum of 1.5mm of brake pad material; otherwise, you will receive a fail. If you are close to the 1.5mm limit, you may receive an advisory warning. Most mechanics will consider a brake pad with less than 3mm of material to warrant replacement. Your brakes play a crucial part in your driving safety, so it's imperative that they are operating to the highest standard.

Can you fail MOT for low oil?

Indirectly, yes you can—but you won't fail the test for failing to have the minimum level of oil in your engine. Engine oil plays a critical part in your emissions testing, and this can cause your car to fail its MOT if it isn't possible to take readings, or they fail to provide the required readings. It's a simple check and should be part of your pre-MOT process.

Is the boot not opening an MOT failure?

If your boot doesn't open, this isn't classed as a direct MOT failure. However, a test centre or MOT garage may refuse to carry out a test where access isn't available to all relevant areas or components that require checking.

However, all doors, including the bonnet and boot, must close securely to pass the MOT test.

Can I drive a failed MOT car home?

Only in certain cases. If your existing MOT certificate is still valid at the time your car fails its latest test, then you are still legally entitled to drive it. However, if your car has failed on a dangerous defect, then you are not permitted to drive it again before the fault is repaired.

The fines for driving any car with a dangerous defect can be as much as £2,500 and add penalty points to your licence. It could even result in a driving ban.

Can you drive a car without MOT to a garage?

Only in very specific circumstances. The only time you are permitted to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate is to a pre-arranged MOT test. However, if your car is known to have a dangerous defect or is unsafe to drive, you must have it delivered to the test centre. Driving an unsafe or un-roadworthy vehicle can result in fines of up to £2,500, penalty points, or even a driving ban.

Is driving without MOT a Criminal Offence?

Yes. Under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, driving without a valid MOT is a criminal offence. A genuine mistake may incur an on-the-spot fine of £100, but cases that progress to court can be fined up to £1,000. Higher penalties are made for driving a dangerous or unfit-for-use vehicle.

The DVSA now provides text and email reminders as well as online MOT checkers. There's no good reason for anyone to forget to have their vehicle tested in today's society.

What does MOT stand for?

The abbreviation MOT stands for Ministry of Transport. This was the government department responsible for roads and road safety when the test was first introduced in 1960. In its early years, only cars over 10 years old required the certificate; the age of cars requiring the certificate is down to only 3, under the current system. The MOT certificate is now monitored and regulated by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA).

Is it illegal to park a car on the street with no MOT?

Yes, it is. Whether you are driving your car or it's parked on the street, it is against the law for a car to not have a valid MOT certificate. Even if it's not being driven, you could be fined up to £1,000 for failing to have the correct paperwork. You may even have your car seized.

Why do old cars not need an MOT?

The Department of Transport currently allows cars over 40 years old to be driven on the road without an MOT certificate. This is because the risk of vintage or collector's cars being un-roadworthy is considered small. These older cars still need to be road-safe, and are, of course, still responsible for the same fines if their cars fall below the legal standards.

How long can you drive without MOT?

You can't. If you don't hold a valid MOT, you will be fined if you're caught without one.

The only time you can drive without a valid MOT is if your car is under 3 years old, your vehicle conforms to one of the exceptions on the DVSA exemptions list, or you're driving to a pre-booked MOT appointment.

Does a recall affect an MOT?

Current MOT testing requires that each centre check vehicles for outstanding defect recalls. Where a recall has not been remedied, the vehicle will fail the MOT, even if there are no other defects.

By not attending to the defect, the vehicle is considered unsafe or will become unsafe in the future. Vehicle recalls are highlighted for each vehicle within its MOT history on the DVSA MOT database.

Common questions about booking at Fixter

Common questions about booking at Fixter

Who is going to drive my car?

All of our drivers are fully insured and your vehicle is always protected.

We put our drivers through rigorous vetting and training before they are able to drive your vehicle. All of our drivers must have at least 3 years of driving experience, hold a clean driver's licence, be over the age of 21, capable of driving both manual and automatic vehicles and pass a criminal background check.

Your vehicle will be assigned to a driver who is responsible for collecting it from your home, delivering it to the garage and returning your vehicle once all work is completed.

Sometimes we might coordinate with a garage for them to send their own driver to collect your vehicle. In this instance, you are protected as you would be if it was a Fixter driver. 

What garage will my car go to?

One of our in-house mechanics will factor in the make and model of your car, as well as the work that needs doing. They will then allocate your booking to the most appropriate Fixter garage in your area, and we’ll email you to confirm.

Here’s why only 1 in 20 garages pass our selection criteria:

  • We only choose garages registered as a Limited Company, with a minimum of 3 years of trading.

  • We assess each garage's various established affiliations (e.g. Bosch / Unipart / Garage).

  • We perform an online audit: Fixter only selects garages with at least a 4 star customer rating.

  • We make sure to visit each garage in person. Our in-house mechanics evaluate the quality of equipment, staff qualifications, capacity, and technical capabilities of selected servicing centres. Fixter only works with garages which strictly use manufacturer-equivalent parts.

  • After all requirements are fulfilled, we negotiate preferential terms with each selected (including parts, labour, oil, and MOT test rates), so we can pass it along to our customers.

What parts will be used?

All parts used in repairs and services carried out by Fixter are either manufacturer parts or equivalent. This guarantees that only the best quality parts are used in your vehicle. We offer a 12-month warranty, meaning that should anything should go wrong with the parts or labour we’ll take care of it, free of charge. 

How and when do I pay?

We take your card details when you book online, but nothing is charged to your card until all the work has been approved by our in-house experts, and satisfactorily completed.

No extra work will be carried out without your consent. If additional work is required, one of our in-house experts will call you to walk through any diagnostic reports, recommendations or additional quotes from the mechanic working on your car. We check every quote to make sure the work is required and has been fairly priced.

Note: If you need to update your payment details to pay for your booking, the team will send you a secure link to add the new card details.

How does the money back guarantee work?

If your car fails its MOT at one of our garages, but you believe that your car should have passed, you'll have the option to take your car to another garage to do a new MOT test. If your vehicle passes the MOT at another garage, we’ll refund you for the original MOT test that you carried out with us. Collection and delivery fees are non-refundable.

How does the Fixter 12-month warranty work?

All Fixter bookings are covered by a 12-month warranty on parts and labour.

If there’s a problem (with either parts or labour) up to 12 months after your booking date, we’ll sort it out for you, completely free of charge.

Just email support@fixter.co.uk or call our team on 0330 808 9527 and we’ll take care of it.

Note: this doesn't apply to an air con regas as leaks can occur at any time.

Can I cancel my booking?

We understand that things change.

If you need to cancel or change your booking, please let us know asap. Our agents spend time finding you a top-rated garage, which is then booked to take care of your vehicle. In many cases, parts are ordered in advance. As a result, we operate a 72-hour cancellation policy. If you have a confirmed booking with us and need to cancel within 72 hours of the appointment, a cancellation fee of £20 may be applied.

We want to avoid that so our agents will work with you to try and find a new appointment instead. To discuss changing or cancelling a booking, please email or phone on 0330 808 9527.

Our team works Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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