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21st January 2021

Legally, all cars older than 3 years are required to have an annual MOT to check for faults and functionality. However, some classic cars and other historical vehicles are exempt from MOTs if they fit certain criteria. By the end of this guide, you should know everything you need to about classic car MOTs. Criteria - Does my historic vehicle need an MOT? All historical vehicles, including cars,...

14th January 2021

Is an MOT and service the same thing? Simply put, no – there is a distinct difference between an MOT and a car service. Although the two are similar in some aspects, and often people are unsure on the difference between the two, the main difference lies in the purpose of the checks, and the guidelines which the checks are marked against. What is an MOT? An MOT is an annual test which is a requi...

23rd December 2020

According to UK law, its a legal requirement that in order to be able to drive, your vehicle must have a valid MOT certificate – and your vehicle should not be driven without one. But what happens if you drive without an MOT? Find out the risks and the financial implications from our informative guide. Driving a car without an MOT Is your car more than three years old? If so, you will require an...

10th November 2020

Each year, our vehicles undergo the annual MOT test. Equipped with our paper certificate, we drive our vehicles out of the testing centre for another year. But what should we do with the paper MOT certificate? Do we need to keep it? And can you drive without one? Find out more from our guide on MOT certificates. What is an MOT certificate? An MOT certificate is a document which is presented to y...

16th October 2020

If your car fails its MOT test, you will be presented with a VT30 ‘Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate’ – which informs you that your vehicle has not passed the test. This certificate also lists the reasons why your vehicle failed. So, what do you do now? Are you allowed to drive your vehicle, and can you appeal the MOT decision if you believe it’s unwarranted? Our guide has you covered. What to d...

28th August 2020

What is the diesel emissions test? As part of the UK's annual MOT test for your vehicle, there is a strict exhaust emissions test. In order to adhere to the large worldwide focus of reducing pollution levels, which are produced by diesel engines, it's imperative that your vehicle passes this test. To ensure vehicles aren't actively creating excessive emissions, certain limits have been introduce...

18th March 2020

Checking MOT history is an easy process that people are often unaware of. Simply go to the GOV.uk website - this is a free to use database which will prompt you to enter your vehicle registration number. Once this is confirmed, you will be able to access your vehicle's entire MOT history. Checking car MOT history is important for many reasons - such as when you want to find out when your MOT is d...

20th February 2020

Time to book in the annual MOT test already? MOTs can often creep up on us just at the wrong time - more often than not coinciding with paying off the rest of that summer holiday or renewing your annual car insurance. Why not get ahead of the game this year by booking in your MOT early? Find out how early you can MOT your vehicle from our detailed guide. When can I MOT my car? An MOT on any vehi...

11th January 2019

Get up to speed with changes to the MOT Farewell 2018, hello 2019! Here’s wishing one and all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. As always, there will be optimism in the air, accompanied by new year resolutions. Alas, the majority of best intentions will fall by the wayside, but if there’s one you should make an effort to achieve it’s ensuring your vehicle is in tip top condition – esp...

18th May 2018

From 20th May 2018 the MOT test will change with tighter rules for diesel car emissions and new defect categories. These changes are in line with the new EU roadworthy directive and will affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. What Are The Changes? Tougher Emissions Testing for Diesel Cars The new MOT test changes mean that there will be stricter emissions testing f...