When does a car need its first mot?

Asked by: Grant Khan  |  Last update: 20 July 2021
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The very first MOT test requirement only comes into effect when your new car is three years old. Before that, you are not obligated to take your car in for testing.

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Likewise, Do you get a reminder for first MOT?

When you sign up, you'll get a reminder: 4 weeks before your MOT is due. 2 weeks before your MOT is due, if you still haven't had it tested.

Also to know, How do I know when my car needs an MOT?. Find out if a vehicle has an MOT certificate and when it runs out. You'll need the vehicle's registration number (number plate). If your vehicle is new, you must get an MOT test by the third anniversary of its registration.

People also ask, Can you mot a car before 3 years?

This means that, if you have purchased a new car, this car does not need to have an MOT test until it's 3 years old. However, that MOT test must be conducted no later than the vehicle's 3rd year from date of registration. ... It is also possible to MOT your car early, before the end of the 3 years.

Do I need an MOT UK?

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.

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How long can you drive without MOT?

Is there ever a time I can drive without an MOT? The simple answer is, no. If your vehicle is more than three years old, you can't drive without an MOT unless you're on the way to the garage for your pre-booked MOT appointment.

Can you drive without MOT UK?

No, you must not drive on the road if your car does not have a valid MOT certificate. Motorists caught can be prosecuted and handed a £1,000 fine. There are, however, two exceptions to this. They are if you on your way to or from somewhere to be repaired and/or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

Can I tax my car without MOT certificate?

When taxing your vehicle, your vehicle will be checked to ensure that it has a valid MOT certification, so this will need to be obtained before it can be taxed. ... Driving without a valid MOT certificate is illegal and doing so may invalidate your insurance policy.

What happens if you do an MOT early and it fails?

If your vehicle fails its MOT before your old MOT certificate expires: ... You can drive your vehicle with a major fault if your old MOT is still valid, because you took your vehicle in for an MOT early. But your vehicle does have faults that may make it unroadworthy, and if stopped by the police you could be prosecuted.

What is the new law on MOT?

The new rules, which came into force from May 20, mean that instead of vehicles being given a 'pass' or 'fail' rating at their MOT, any defects will now be categorised as 'dangerous', 'major' or 'minor' with the first two of these resulting in a test failure.

How much is an MOT for a car?

There's a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle. The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. You do not pay VAT on the fee.

How long is an MOT valid for?

How long is my MOT valid for? Once your vehicle passes its MOT, the test certificate is valid for 12 months.

Is a car MOT and taxed?

You are allowed to drive to an MOT check without car tax, however, this only applies if you have a pre-booked appointment.

Can I drive my car home after a failed MOT?

If your vehicle has failed its MOT when the certificate is still live: ... The answer is that you can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (i.e. if your test was before the expiry date) as long as no 'dangerous' problem(s) were listed in the MOT.

Why did I not get a MOT reminder?

If that car's new owner opts to make monthly road tax payments, they won't automatically be sent a reminder - usually sent a little over a month before the previous certificate's expiry - telling them that they must renew the vehicle's MoT. ... If you have forgot to mot car, get one booked ASAP!

Can DVLA tell me when my MOT is due?

How do I check when my MOT is due? Enter your vehicle reg to check the MOT expiry date held by the DVLA. You can choose to register for free email reminders to avoid the risk of missing your MOT renewal date.

Can you tax a car with only 2 weeks MOT left?

It's fine - you require a valid MOT certificate to purchase tax, so if your tax AND MOT have expired, then you're OK to drive it to/from a pre-booked MOT test.

What do I do if my MOT has expired?

If your MOT has expired then you need to get the car booked in for a fresh test and not drive it until the test has been completed. Remember that you are allowed to drive the car to a pre-booked test appointment.

Can police seize a car for no tax?

The police, the local council or the DVLA can clamp and tow away cars or other vehicles parked illegally on roads or public land. The DVLA can act when it has the lawful authority to do so if a car is untaxed - unless it's on your own property.