As a car owner, it is important to know the cost of an MOT test before you decide on whether or not your vehicle needs one. Here is an in-depth guide to what it costs to have your car tested in the UK. From the basics of what’s included in the price, how long you can expect to wait for the test and what other costs there are, this is everything you need to know about getting your car tested.
What Is An MOT Test?
An MOT test is a type of vehicle inspection that is required in the UK by law. This is usually done on a yearly basis and the tests involve checking all aspects of the car, including checking the tires and brakes, ensuring they are safe to use. Other areas that are checked include general condition and safety features such as the lights, horn and seatbelts.
If your car fails an MOT test, you will have to pay for it to be re-tested or fixed before you can legally drive your car again. If your car passes an MOT test, it is roadworthy for another year before it needs to be checked again.
How much does an MOT cost?
The maximum amount that can be charged for an MOT test in the UK is £57.85 for cars and £29.65 for standard motorcycles. The price depends on the type of vehicle that you drive. In addition to this, others costs come with getting your car tested during the MOT process. For example, if you do need work done on your car afterwards and haven’t already bought a replacement car, then that too will be extra on top of the cost of the MOT test.
What’s Included In The Cost Of An MOT?
The cost of an MOT in England depends on the car. If you own a sports car, your test will be more expensive than if you own a family runabout. The price also changes depending on the condition of your vehicle so make sure you’re aware of what’s included in the price before going to have it tested as older, less maintained cars will be more expensive to fix.
There are usually a few things that come with the price of an MOT including:
– The cost of the test itself
– Any repair work that needs to be done following the test
– A copy of the report sent to the vehicle owner
– A certificate stating your vehicle has passed its inspection
How Long Does It Take For My Vehicle To Get Tested?
There’s no specific timeframe for how long it will take to get your vehicle tested in the UK but they usually range from 45 mins to an hour. However, each car is inspected on a case-by-case basis and the schedule varies depending on the complexity of the vehicle being tested.
What Happens If My Vehicle Doesn’t Pass The MOT Test?
If your car fails its MOT, the reason why your car has failed its MOT is written down on the ‘VT30 Refusal of an MOT Test certificate’. You should retain this document because you will need to show it if you want to get your car re-tested at the test centre.
It is illegal to drive your car if it had failed its MOT and the certificate date has passed. It doesn’t matter if it seems to work fine or drives smoothly as you still can’t drive it. You could be fined up to £1000 if caught driving without a valid MOT.
The cost of the repairs is all dependent on the make and model of the car and the problem. While many are quick and simple to put right after an MOT failure, other issues can affect the car. Problems with electrics, brakes and suspension are common and can be expensive to fix but they need to be sorted as soon as possible.
Since tougher emission laws were introduced, more than one million cars have failed MOT tests. Your car may be affected, and it could end up costing you more to fix it depending on the make and model of the car, so be prepared and get in touch with a mechanic right away. They may be able to charge for a few hours of work if they make small changes to the engine or they might need to change the whole engine and charge for extra parts and labour costs which will greatly increase the overall price of the repair.