MOT TEST

An MOT is an annual inspection of your vehicle, primarily focused on ensuring it is safe to be on the road but also that it is compliant with environmental regulations.

S & B Motors have been an MOT Testing Station for over 50 years. With fully equipped, up-to-date testings bays and a team of VOSA nominated testers we cater for:

• Class 4 Vehicles
• Light Commercial Vehicles
• Diesel & Petrol

 

while you wait

For our busy customers we also offer 1-hour 'while you wait' appointments.   We offer free re-tests providing any rectifications are carried out within 10 working days.   We have a comfortable viewing room and our friendly staff will  provide you with refreshments and magazines to help minimise the inconvenience.

 

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when to get an mot

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • The third anniversary of its registration
  • The anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

 

earliest date you can get an mot

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

 

if the mot has run out

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • To or from somewhere to be repaired
  • To a pre-arranged MOT test

 

simple tips to keep costs down

Service your car regularly

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An MOT test is not the same as having your vehicle serviced and does not check its general mechanical condition.The best way to avoid costly repair bills at MOT test time is to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition with regular checks and servicing.

Check the lights

One in five vehicles fail MOTs due to an inoperative light bulb. Walk around to check your car's indicators and headlights, front and back. Ask for help from a friend or neighbour with checking your brake lights.

Be an early bird

Have an MOT test in the month before the current certificate ends. The new certificate will expire exactly a year from the existing one's end date (the earliest date you can do this is printed on your test certificate) so that you benefit. If you have the MOT test more than a month before the MOT's due date,  it will expire exactly a year later, meaning you lose out.