What’s your car’s MOT status?

How do you check your car MOT? Let’s find out.

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Your car needs an up-to-date MOT certificate to be classed as roadworthy, but how do you go about getting one? How often do they need to happen? What happens if your car fails its MOT? How do you check your car MOT? Let’s find out.

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How do I find out when my car's first MOT is due?

When was the last time you did a car MOT check? Unlike road tax, you don’t get a reminder, so it’s up to you to remember to check its MOT status. There are two pages on the government MOT checker website to enable you to see:

  • A car’s MOT history
  • A car’s current MOT status

Both checks are completely free and will save you from a potentially hefty fine if you are caught driving your car without a valid MOT certificate. 

Selling a car without an MOT

If you’re selling a car that doesn’t have a valid MOT then you might find it difficult to find a buyer because they can’t legally drive it away and will have to pay for it to be towed or transported to wherever it’s going next. It will also probably have a negative impact on what price you can ask for it. A car with no MOT always raises suspicions that it will cost a lot to do whatever repair jobs are named on the last MOT inspection, putting buyers off it.

When’s my MOT due?

In line with UK laws, an MOT test has to be performed at least every 12 months. The only exception here is a brand new car which doesn’t need its first MOT performing until it’s 3 years old. Because you don’t get a reminder for your MOT, the best thing to do is put a reminder on your calendar or in your phone one month before your next MOT is due so you don’t inadvertently get into trouble with the authorities.

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