Can you drive a car without an MOT?

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Once your MOT expires, you will be no longer able to drive your car as this would mean you would be driving your car illegally. It is vitally important that you remember your MOT date. If you want to check when your MOT is due, please click on the related article below:

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To make sure that you will never forget your MOT date, here at National Tyres, we offer a free MOT reminder service. To sign up for the MOT reminder service, please click on the following related article below.

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Driving your car with a failed MOT

If you fail your MOT, and your current MOT certificate is still valid and no 'dangerous faults' were identified, you are okay to drive. If a dangerous defect is found on your MOT, then by law you cannot drive elsewhere. If you fail your MOT at one garage and would like to get your MOT check completed at another garage, you can legally drive to the other garage if your existing MOT certificate is valid and there are no dangerous defects detected. This is why it is advised to get your MOT booked in at your local National Tyres and Autocare branch before its due date. Please click the following article if you are looking for the next steps you should take after your car has failed its MOT test. If you are no longer driving your vehicle, due to the lockdown, you may be considering applying to SORN your vehicle. For more information please click the following blog article: How to SORN my vehicle during lockdown?


Driving to the MOT testing centre without an MOT

If you have booked an MOT at your local National Tyres and Autocare branch and your MOT has expired, you must ensure that you have proof of the appointment. If you are stopped by the police, they will need to be shown proof that you are driving to the MOT test centre. If you have no proof, you will be driving illegally and could be prosecuted.

Driving from the garage without an MOT

If your MOT certificate shows a dangerous defect it is illegal to drive your car elsewhere. An MOT tester at a National Tyres and Autocare branch does not have the authority to stop a customer driving away after an MOT failure. However, it is unlawful to drive a vehicle that endangers life and if your MOT has a dangerous defect, this is very likely to be the case. If you decide to drive away from the garage without an MOT, you are risking your own safety as well as a ban from driving if the police stop you.  

Will you be able to renew road tax with no MOT?

If your car has no valid MOT, then you will be unable to renew your road tax. By law, to tax your vehicle, the car needs to have passed its MOT test.

Is car insurance still valid without an MOT?

Once your MOT has either expired or failed, your car insurance will no longer be valid. This means that if you are involved in a road traffic accident, your car insurer will not be liable to pay out on your insurance. If this is the case, you would need to pay any repairs out of your own pocket. As it is illegal to drive without car insurance, you can receive points on your license, face prosecution or receive a driving ban.

Checklist for pre MOT checks

There are certain things you can do to prepare for an MOT test before you take it to the MOT test centre. To help identify faults that could result in an MOT failure, we have produced the below article to find any problems that can be addressed before your MOT test.

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What do you need to bring when your car is having an MOT check?

You do not need to take your old MOT certificate with you to your new appointment. Our MOT tester at your local National Tyres and Autocare branch will be able to check all of your previous MOT history using the DVSA database.

Book an MOT check at National

At National Tyres and Autocare, you can book your next MOT for only £27.42 if you book online. This MOT offer can be located by clicking on the related article below. Remember, you can also sign up for our MOT reminder service and if you are unsure when you MOT is due, you can click on the following link to find out: When is my MOT due? 

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Book an MOT and Service at National

To save time, why not get your car MOT completed at the same time as a car service. At National, we offer a wide range of service servicing options. You can purchase both an MOT and Service online by clicking the related article below.

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