Time for your next MOT?
The MOT is a critical test which assesses whether a vehicle meets the legal, safety and environmental standards to be considered roadworthy in the UK. To ensure you get the lowest MOT price speak to one of our MOT experts today. Alternatively book an MOT appointment.
MOT Extension Scheme - Important Government Update (1/8/20)
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date was automatically extended by 6 months, if it was due between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020. From the 1st August 2020 all drivers will now be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.
Read the Key Facts about MOTs here.
MOT near me? Visit our branch pages to find your nearest MOT centre
Book early to avoid high demand from September 2020 onwards
There are concerns within the MOT testing community that demand may significantly outstrip supply between Sep 2020-Jan 2021, when around 6m vehicles that have been granted an extension will be required to have them tested. It is very possible that discounted MOTs will become scarce over this period as MOT slots will be in extremely high demand.
We would advise customers to book their MOT slots early to avoid the rush from September onwards.
We are still offering MOT slots for the discounted price of £35 (normal DVSA rate is £54.85). As an additional incentive to those signing up to our MOT reminder service, we are offering an MOT slot at 1/2 price (£27.42).
Save today get an MOT for ONLY £27.42 simply sign up to our MOT Reminder Service.
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DVSA Approved MOT Testing Centres
National performs thousands of MOTs every year. All our MOT Testers complete stringent training and undergo continual reassessment by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) to ensure the service provided to you is of the highest quality.
At National, we are committed to keeping your costs as low as possible and continually price check against our competitors to ensure we remain the most competitive in the industry.
New Testing Standards From May 2018
On the 20th May 2018, the DVSA announded a change to the way that MOT's are performed within the United Kingdom. MOT defects are now identified within the following categories: dangerous, major, minor, advisory or pass. Dangerous and major defects will result in your vehicle failing its MOT.
If a car is identified to have a minor defect then it will still pass its MOT. However, any minor defects will be recorded on the car's MOT certificate as well as its online MOT record.
Rules will also change for diesel cars. If your vehicle has a diesel particulate filter and any smoke is seen to be coming out of your exhaust then this will be categorised as a major MOT defect. If your diesel particulate filter has been tampered with in any way this will also be identified as a major MOT defect, unless the owner can prove that this was done for a legitimate cause such as filter cleaning.
There will be a number of new items checked during the MOT.
These items include whether or not your tyres are underinflated; as well as if your brake discs are significantly worn. There will also be new checks on reversing lights, bumper condition, rear drive shafts and also prop shafts. AdBlue Systems will be tested for defects as new assessments are to be brought in for emission control equipment. Due to this, all vehicles will be inspected to ensure they do not pose a risk to the environment through fluid leaks.
If your vehicle is over 40 years old then it will no longer be a legal requirement to obtain a MOT.
What's included in the car MOT checklist?
MOT Test Fees
The MOT test fee is set by a government agency called DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency). You can find a list of current MOT test fees at www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees.
If your vehicle fails its MOT, certain conditions apply that dictate how much you'll have to pay for a re-test.
- If you choose to have the repairs carried out at the test centre, we can offer a FREE partial re-test, providing it is within 10 working days of the original test.
- Alternatively, you can take your car away for repair and as long as it is returned to the original test centre before the end of the next working day, then we can offer a FREE partial re-test (this only applies to certain failure items, a full list can be found at www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/retests).
- If you take your vehicle away and return it to the original test centre within 10 working days, we can offer a partial re-test at HALF PRICE (based on the prevailing MOT test fee as shown at www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees).
- In any other circumstances, the full test fee would be applicable.
* Not all MOT ramps can accommodate Long Wheel Base (LWB) Vans or Motorhomes, please check before travelling