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..MOT Center Infomation - Most Fequently Asked Questions! - MOT Center / MOT Centre
1. When is my car required to undergo an MOT test?
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a roadworthy condition. The roadworthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we call the MOT.
2. When is the first test required?
The first test is required once a car is three years old. (There are different rules if you use it as a taxi)
When your car is tested, the MOT looks at some important items to see if it meets the legal requirements.
You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.
If a car is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT will be required three years after the date of manufacture. For example, a car registered "from new" on 25th April 2000 will require its MOT no later than 25th April 2003.
If a car is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example a car manufactured at any time in 2000 will require an MOT no later than 31st December 2003.
There is no grace period given after these dates.
3. What are the maximum test fees?
Click here to view the maximum test fee for each class of vehicle. The maximum fee for the test should be displayed on a poster in every test station. A test station may charge less than the full fee if they so wish.
4. Where do I get an MOT?
There are around 19,000 garages approved as MOT test stations all over the country, which can carry out your MOT test. The blue three triangles logo which stations have to display, identifies approved test stations.
5. How early can my car be submitted for test?
An MOT can be carried out at any time.
If the vehicle is presented for test within the calendar month prior to the date that the MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate ( eg if the current certificate was due to expire on 1/4/03, and the vehicle was presented on or after 2/3/03, the certificate would run from the test date until 1/4/04).
To have this extension, the vehicle owner should present their old certificate to the Test Station to verify that the extra time is applicable. The tester would then write the serial number of the old certificate in the appropriate section of the new certificate.
The same rule would also apply if the vehicle was taken in within a calendar month of its first MOT . In this case, the vehicle owner would need to present their registration document and the serial number from this document will be entered in the "last certificate serial number" box on the MOT.
If the vehicle is tested earlier than one month before its due date, it will only run for twelve months.
6. How are vehicles tested?
The standard MOT test procedures are laid out in a manual which the test station should make available to you, should you wish to view it. MOT test stations have designated test bays where they conduct the test, using specialised equipment. If your vehicle has failed the test, you will be given a failure document with reference to the manual. You can watch the test from a designated viewing area, but you are advised not to interrupt the tester while they are working.
7. Who supervises the MOT Scheme?
VOSA is the Government Agency responsible for supervising the MOT Scheme.

It does this by:

Authorising MOT stations and Nominated Testers
Setting standards for testing and conditions of appointment for test stations and testers.
Training Authorised Examiners and Nominated Testers
Visiting garages on a regular basis and carrying out checks to ensure testing standards are maintained. This will include checking the testers’ competence and maintenance of approved equipment
Giving advice/taking disciplinary action where tests are not being carried out to the required standards
Dealing with appeals and complaints from MOT customers
Conducting roadside checks on emissions

8. What if you disagree with a test result?
Firstly discuss it with the MOT test station if possible, and do not let anyone carry out repairs to your vehicle.

If you think your car has:

been incorrectly failed: complete appeal form VT17 available from any MOT test station, or ring our enquiry line on 0845 6005977.
You must complain within 14 working days of the test and we will require a full test fee from you. We will then offer an appointment within 5 days to recheck your vehicle. If your appeal is successful, some or all of the test fee will be refunded to you.

been incorrectly passed, let us know as soon as possible. We will offer an appointment within 5 working days to re-check your vehicle (without charge) provided:
Not more than 3 months has elapsed since the time of the test for a corrosion defect or 28 days for other defects

The address of your local VOSA office is displayed in the MOT test station

9. What if you think your test certificate is not genuine?
Please contact our enquiry line on: 0845 6005977. Calls are charged at the local rate
10. What if I have lost or damaged my test certificate?
If you have lost or damaged your test certificate, but know where and approximately when the vehicle was tested, you can obtain a duplicate test certificate from the MOT test station which tested the vehicle.

The maximum fee for a duplicate certificate for a car is £10 or half the test fee if less.

If you do not know where the car was tested originally, you cannot obtain a duplicate certificate. You will need to have your car tested again.

If the test station has closed down, your local VOSA office should be able to help.

11. If you are not satisfied with the service you receive
If you are not satisfied with the way your test was conducted, please let us know. This enables us to make sure MOT test stations are providing a good service. Contact the VOSA Area Manager at your local office. The address is shown on the fees and appeals poster at your MOT test station or you can ring our MOT enquiry line: 0845 6005977
All infomation above is provided by http://www.via.gov.uk