MOT Advice


  1. When to get an MOT
  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to MOTs
  3. If the MOT has run out
  4. How the MOT test works
  5. MOT test result

When to get an MOT

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

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

Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old - check the MOT fees table to see which.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to MOTs

There are some changes to MOT tests because of coronavirus (COVID-19). How this affects you depends on when your MOT is due to expire.

After 31 July 2020

You must book an MOT as usual.

When you must not take your vehicle for its MOT

You must not take your vehicle for its MOT if:

  • you or someone you live with has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with someone who has coronavirus
  • you’re self-isolating because you recently entered the UK

You must stay at home (self-isolate) if any of these situations apply.

Earliest date you can get an MOT

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on your current MOT 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

  1. If your tax is due to run out, register your vehicle as ‘off the road’ - you cannot renew your vehicle tax if your MOT has expired.
  2. Book an MOT test.
  3. Tax your vehicle once it has passed its MOT.

How the MOT test works

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.

The test doesn’t cover the condition of the:

  • engine
  • clutch
  • gearbox

Parts checked in the MOT:

  • Body, vehicle structure and general items
  • Towbars
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Exhaust system
  • Seatbelts
  • Seats
  • Doors
  • Mirrors
  • Load security
  • Brakes
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Registration plates
  • Lights
  • Bonnet
  • Wipers and washers
  • Windscreen
  • Horn
  • Steering and suspension
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • Electrical

MOT test result

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • you’ll get an MOT certificate
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

You might also get a list of ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ problems to monitor or fix in the future.

Failing the MOT

Your vehicle will fail if the test result lists ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problems with your vehicle. You might not be allowed to drive until you fix the problems.

You might also get a list of ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ problems to monitor or fix in the future.

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

  • you’ll get a ‘refusal of an MOT test certificate’
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

Driving a vehicle that’s failed

You can take your vehicle away if:

  • your current MOT certificate is still valid
  • no ‘dangerous’ problems were listed in the MOT

Otherwise, you’ll need to get it repaired before you can drive.

If you can take your vehicle away, it must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times.


  • DVSA vehicle test station
  • Class 4, 5 and 7 vehicles
  • Vehicle servicing and repairs
  • Diagnostics and fault finding
  • Fleet maintenance

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 8am - 12.00pm

Get MOT reminders

Sign up to get free reminders by post when your MOT is due.

When you sign up you’ll get a reminder:

  • one month before your car or van MOT is due

Where to find us

Bushey Ground
Minster Lovell
OX29 0SW

Payment methods

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Company information

Carterton MOT Centre is a trading name of JS Motor Services.

Company number 05676561

VAT number GB 876 2729 80