Vehicles that are more than three years old are legally required to take an MOT (Ministry of Transport) test every year to check it is roadworthy.
At JS Motors Oxford we are able to carry out Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs for cars (up to 8 passenger seats) and goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight). Unfortunately we cannot cater for motorcycles or three-wheeled vehicles.
JS Motors Oxford carry out over 1,500 MOT's per year and have a state-of-the-art MOT testing bay, which is approved by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). All MOT tests are carried out by JS Motors Oxford’s MOT testers who have been appointed and nominated by the DVSA. We will ensure your vehicle is fully inspected and meets the vehicle safety standards set out by the DVSA.Book an MOT test today
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How can I find out when my MOT is due?
If you’ve lost your MOT certificate you can simply use the GOV.uk tool to enter your registration number and vehicle make. This will check your MOT status in a matter of seconds. Alternatively contact us on 01865 841627.
Is there a grace period for an MOT?
No. As soon as your MOT has expired it becomes illegal to drive your car on the road. Doing so risks prosecution. You also cannot tax a vehicle without a current MOT certificate.
Can I drive without an MOT?
No. You can’t drive a vehicle without it having a valid MOT certificate. The only exception is that you're able to drive your vehicle to its MOT test, so long as the test has been booked.
If you own a vehicle and are not planning on driving it you must keep it off the road and will have to declare it SORN.
What documents do I need to bring to my MOT?
If your vehicle is undergoing its first MOT then a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) is required, this document is also required if your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since its last MOT. In all other instances, no documentation is required.
How can I prepare for an MOT test?
Many vehicles fail an MOT for small issues which could easily been prevented before the test. You might be surprised at what can fail an MOT - some problems are relatively minor.
It’s a good idea to prepare an MOT checklist a couple of weeks before the date of inspection to make sure your vehicle is in the best possible condition it can be, this will allow you to proactively fix the issues and avoid any inconvenient circumstances if the vehicle fails the test.
A quick and easy pre-MOT Checklist
- Keep your car clean, inside and out. A boot full of clutter and an excessively dirty car - especially if the number plate is no longer visible - can cause a failed MOT.
- Check the windscreen wipers are in good condition, with no tears.
- Check all lights are in working order. Ask a friend or family member to stand outside the car and confirm lights function properly.
- Check tyre tread using the 20p test, and tyre pressure too
- Top up all fluid levels - screenwash, brake fluid and oil.
- Check that the horn works - give it a quick honk!
How long does an MOT take and what gets covered?
An MOT test doesn't take very long. The test takes around 45 minutes to an hour, and some owners choose to wait while the vehicle is being inspected.
The MOT test includes a comprehensive series of safety checks around the vehicle, including the interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. For a full list of what is checked at an MOT, see the DVSA website.
You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your car - you should have your car serviced regularly to maintain its mechanical condition.
What happens if your car fails its MOT?
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.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a ‘dangerous’ problem.
Most repairs can be carried out onsite at JS Motors Oxford on the same day, and we will always advise you upfront about any work that needs to be done.