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What is an MOT?

After 3 years your car must take an MOT test to demonstrate their safety and roadworthiness. MOT stands for Ministry of Transport.

An MOT is compulsory for any road vehicle. You can’t avoid having it tested annually without a fine and also it'll invalidate your car insurance, which means you could be liable for damages in the event of a road accident. 

Where's my nearest MOT garage?

Premier Autocentres operates a Hyundai Approved and 5 star trusted MOT centre and garage in Sidcup

Will I fail my MOT?

The MOT test is an extensive examination of your vehicle, carried out by a qualified technician. In order to pass, your car will be checked for the following items:

Vehicle lights

Vehicle horn

Vehicle battery

Electrical wiring

Steering· Suspension

Brakes, pedals and levers

Tyres

Seat belts

Vehicle chassis

Registration plates

Speedometer

Exhaust system

Fuel system

Emissions

Windscreen

Windscreen wipers and mirrors

What're the 2018 changes to testing MOT?

​Vehicle defect categorisation

Any new defects discovered during an MOT will now be categorised as either: dangerous, major or minor. Dangerous and major defects will result in a failed MOT, while minor and advisory defects will still lead to a passed MOT.


Diesel car emissions

Diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter will be subject to stricter emissions limits. If smoke of any colour is viewed coming from the exhaust or there is evidence a vehicle’s DPF has been tampered with during a MOT test, these will be instant fails.


Additions to the MOT examination

Tyre inflation levels

Brake fluid contamination checks

Fluid leaks 

Brake pad warning lights

Reversing lights (on vehicles built after 1st September 2009)

Headlight washers (on vehicles built after 1st September 2009)

Daytime running lights (on vehicles first used from 1st March 2018)


Some 40-year-old vehicles will be MOT-exempt

Cars, vans and motorbikes that are 40-years-old and have not been substantially changed will be exempt from needing an annual MOT.

How much is an MOT?

An MOT should cost less than £55 - it is illegal to charge over this price.

How often should I MOT my car?

An MOT is a yearly exercise that is required to validate your insurance and protect you from fines for driving without one. ​

If you don’t get the vehicle checked out, you could also be driving with a potentially serious fault that could put you and other road users at risk.

You can get an MOT test booked up to a month minus a day prior to the expiry of your vehicle’s existing MOT certificate.