In the UK, every vehicle that is three or more years old, must have a valid MOT test certificate and you must get this renewed every year. If you own a car which you drive on the road, it’s your responsibility to make sure that it is examined annually.
You can find out when your next MOT is due for free, either by looking at the current test certificate for your vehicle and checking the expiry date, or by checking online on the UK government website. All you will need is the vehicle registration number when checking the expiry date online.
Like many of us who lead busy lives, this date can be easily forgotten. Therefore we strongly recommend that you add the expiry date for your car in the calendar, at least a week or two before, to ensure you have enough time to book and MOT.
Here at Simply Serviced, we specialise in car service, repair and MOT. We help our customers by notifying them when their car MOT is due, giving them peace of mind.
Why do I need an MOT for my car?
Legally, you cannot drive your car on the road without a valid MOT test certificate and you will not be able to renew your road tax. In addition, there are serious safety and performance issues if you do not get your vehicle checked regularly.
Drivers could be hit with up to a £1,000 fine for driving a car that doesn’t have a valid certificate.
Another important note, If you and your car are involved in any kind of road accident, you could be asked to show your MOT certificate and, if you don’t have one, any insurance claim may be affected, especially if serious injuries have occured.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has computerised a database for the MOT test system. Therefore, mobile camera units and police patrols can check remotely to determine whether there is a valid MOT certificate for your car.