What documents do I take to an MOT?

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When preparing for their MOT, many car owners often find themselves wondering, "What documents do I need to take to an MOT?"

Meeting the legal requirements for this annual road safety check is key to ensuring your car is fit for public road use, but navigating through the maze of MOT documents can make this a pain, especially for first timers.

Testing centres look for these important documents specifically to verify your vehicle's history, past minor issues, and any previous technical issues.

So, in this Sell 2 Swansway blog post, we're going to take a closer look at the specific documents you should have on hand to help you avoid any last-minute scrambles and potential MOT failures. 

  • What do I take to an MOT?
  • What if I've lost my documents?
  • What not to bring to the MOT test

What do I take to an MOT?

Navigating the process of an MOT demands a little bit of preparedness and organisation in terms of having the correct documents to hand. So, to make sure that you're as well-equipped as possible, we've outlined the main documents you'll need to smooth out the process for you and the testing centre.

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1. Appointment Confirmation 

This is an obvious that we'll get out of the way - make sure to bring your appointment letter with you.

Whilst it might not be needed once you're there, it might just help the testing centre to find your booking quicker and speeds up that initial admin process.

Usually, these appointment confirmation letters are available via email so you might not even have to bring a physical document, just your phone.

2. V5C Certificate 

Otherwise known as the vehicle registration document, the V5C is important to bring to your MOT test because it provides evidence to the testing centre that you are the registered owner of your vehicle. They can then use the V5C to verify the type of vehicle that is being tested, be it a car, motorbike, or HGV, etc.

3. Current MOT Certificate

Make sure you bring your previous MOT certificate. It's not mandatory, but it can offer important insight into any past advisories or minor issues that the testing centre can refer to.

What if I've lost my documents?

Losing your important MOT-related documents is a common reason for many drivers getting flustered in the lead-up to their MOT.

But don't fret: whether you've lost your MOT certificate or your V5C registration, there are clear steps to follow that will get you back driving on public roads in no time.

Lost MOT certificate

Your current MOT certificate is a helpful document to have during your MOT as it highlights any previous minor faults and existing road tax compliance. 

So, what do you do if you've lost it? Turns out, it's easier than you might've expected.

Just get in touch with the testing centre where you last had your vehicle tested, and they'll be able to give you a replacement MOT certificate. You'll just need to give your V5C reference number and registration number, and they'll do the rest.

Lost V5C Registration

This is another issue that can be easily rectified by getting in touch with the right people - in this case, the DVLA.

There's usually a procedure to follow and a minor fee when it comes to getting your V5C replacement certificate, but once that's all sorted, you'll have it in your hands in no time. 

Don't panic!

As you can see, whilst losing these documents is a bit of a setback, it's easy enough to get them replaced in time for your MOT.

What not to bring to an MOT

It's all well and good to talk about what to bring to an MOT, but are there some things we should keep at home?
Turns out, yes. 
Some things, harmless as they may seem, can obstruct the inspection, and lead to major or dangerous faults being overlooked. Common reasons for inspection delays are often due to these easily removable items. 
So, let's make things easier for our MOT testers, and remove these unnecessary items before we send our cars for their annual check so they don't obstruct or impede on the testing process. 

  • Air fresheners
  • Dash cams
  • Phone holders/cables
  • Child seats
  • Loose items

Remember, the MOT is a rigorous process designed to ensure your car is safe for the road. Remove these items to make sure the process is smoother for testers and to reduce the chance of unwanted delays. 

Making sure you have everything you need for your MOT

Navigating what documents you need to bring (and not to bring!) is important for a smooth MOT process. Holding a valid MOT certificate is more than just a legal obligation, you can avoid some serious major faults if everything goes smoothly and efficiently.

Make sure that your current certificate, service history, and other important documents are readily accessible a couple of weeks before your appointment so you know you have everything in order before the big day.

And if you're thinking of selling your car after your next MOT, then look no further than Sell 2 Swansway. Part of the esteemed Swansway Motor Group, we're here to make selling your care more convenient than ever.

With quick, easy, 7-day guaranteed car valuation, hassle-free collections, and instant payments to your account, it couldn't be more simple to sell your car than with Sell 2 Swansway. 

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