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Remember your car’s MOT


In the UK it is mandatory to have an MOT inspection every year from when the car reaches 3 years old.

Before your car undergoes its MOT test, or an inspection prior to change of ownership, you may want to give the car a thorough check-up at a good garage. If there are any problems, you may just as well have the repair carried out before testing by whichever provider you choose.

It is your responsibility, to get your car MOT tested. If the date of the MOT is exceeded, you may only drive the car if it is heading for a certified MOT center. If you drive without a valid MOT certificate, you could be fined.

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What is checked at an MOT test

At an MOT, the car’s condition will be checked, with a focus on safety and the environment. It include such as:

  • Safety belts
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Lights and lamps
  • Glazing
  • Whether there is rust and corrosion in critical locations, including supporting parts such as side members and suspension.
  • Other electrical functions
  • Pollution

You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.

If you want a complete overview of the car’s condition, you can read more about MOT testing on


If the car is not approved the first time, you, or the garage can download the inspection report on

That way you can base your repair quotes on the MOT test report. It provides a good description for the garage and very accurate prices.

Ratings of car check for MOT test

Ikram and his staff did a very good job on my car. Spotless clean workshop. Will definitely use a...
Peter L.
Hyundai Sonata (2007)

MOT approved garages

Nowadays garages can do a pre-MOT, in order to give you an idea as to what is needed for the actual MOT test. This is a popular option as it does not invalidate your current MOT (if it hasn't already expired).

You can find out which of our garages can conduct the pre-check and MOT inspection here.
If your car needs to go in for a re-test, you now have a big advantage as your MOT test report can be used to obtain a precise quote from an autobutler affiliated garage.

Replacing a lost or damaged MOT certificate

You can get a duplicate MOT certificate from any MOT testing station if you’ve lost or damaged the original.

You’ll need to give the vehicle registration number and either the original MOT test number, or V5C document reference number – this is on the V5C registration certificate.

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