Check Tax and MOT and Insurance

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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It is vitally important that you know when your car tax, car insurance and MOT is due for your vehicle. Within this article, we will tell you how to check and renew your car tax, how to check when your car insurance is due for renewal, as well as giving you tips on how to save money on your car insurance, and how to find out when your MOT is due. It is important to check tax and insurance and MOT due dates, as if either of these has expired, you will be unable to drive legally on UK roads. 

check tax and insurance and mot

MOT and Tax Checker

You can check MOT and Tax due dates for your vehicle online. On the Gov.UK website, you can check your road tax and MOT due dates. On the National website, you can easily check your MOT due date by using our quick and easy MOT date checker tool. To find out when your MOT is due, please click on the related article below.

Related: When is my MOT due?

Here at National, we also provide an MOT Reminder Service, completely free of charge. By signing up for our MOT Reminder Service, we make sure that you can never forget when your car MOT is due. Please note, 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. If you want to find out when your car tax is due, please read the following article: How to check a car is taxed. If your car is off-road you can SORN your vehicle, which means your car does not need to be taxed or insured. If you want to know how to cancel car tax, please read the following article: Cancelling car tax.

Related: How to SORN a car

Car Insurance Check

As well as making sure that you check MOT and Tax, it is important that you also make sure that your car insurance is valid and up-to-date. You will be unable to drive your car legally if you do not have valid car insurance. 

You can purchase car insurance online through a number of handy insurance comparison websites such as Go Compare and Compare The Market. Once you have purchased your car insurance, you will be able to check the insurance due date on the respective insurer's website. If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you need to contact the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB).

MOT certificates are valid for one year- however, with car tax and insurance, you can purchase these for shorter amounts of time. For car tax, you can pay for this on the Gov.UK website via direct debit for a period of 1 month, 6 months or 1 year. For car insurance, you can purchase this for any time up to a year. For example, Aviva offers temporary short term car insurance.

Book an MOT

At National, we have a large network of MOT testing centres situated all over the UK. To book an MOT at your local National branch, this can be done online by clicking on the related article below. If you sign up for our MOT Reminder Service, we are offering our customers the chance to book an MOT for less than the DVSA maximum.

Related: Book an MOT test

To summarise, it's important you know your renewal dates and you check the tax, MOT and insurance of your vehicle to ensure your car is road-legal. If you are looking to purchase a used vehicle, purchasing a car with a valid MOT would be a sensible move. Purchasing a used car with a valid MOT certificate will decrease the risk of the vehicle having any issues. For example, if you purchase a car that has 11 months left on its MOT Certificate, knowing that the vehicle passed an MOT check a month before, should help give you that extra peace of mind.

*- Any prices referenced are valid at the time of the article production date.

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