What Happens if Your Car Fails Its MOT?

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As you know, depending on the type of car you drive – as well as its age – it will have to pass an MOT every year. These tests are essential to ensure that your vehicle is road legal, which is to say that it is safe for you to use and for everybody else on the road to be around!

An MOT consists of dozens of tests, including testing the brakes in your vehicle, the fuel system, the lights, the seatbelts, the exhaust system, the mirrors, the doors and more. Your car needs to pass all of the required tests in order for it to clear its MOT.

It may seem like a bit of a pain, but it is crucial to best ensure the safety of all. The car may have underlying problems that you may already know about, or it could have more severe issues of which you are oblivious.

But – what if your car fails MOT tests or recommendations? What next? Keep reading!


But What If My Car Fails?

Unsure what happens if your car fails an MOT? Should your car not pass its MOT, you will automatically be given a certificate declaring as such. This means that your vehicle will not be safe, nor legal to drive, other than to and from a garage that will ensure the repairs that your car needs.

It’s not the end of the world, but it does mean you’re going to need to get your car back up to code and shape again pretty swiftly. That might mean MOT repairs or a complete MOT retest when all is said and done.

An MOT centre will tell you why exactly your car failed its tests and what will need with regard to repairs before it can be brought back for a follow-up MOT. It is then your duty as owner to book it into a garage and have it repaired as quickly as possible.

Without its MOT, your car will not be covered under insurance – a legal issue as well as a matter of safety.

Once repairs are completed, you will have to take your car back to an MOT test centre to re-take the tests. Should you have had it repaired and returned to the very same MOT centre within a ten day period, then there should be no additional costs for the re-examination of your car.

That being said, there is no guarantee that the vehicle will pass second time around, and you may have to consider having it repaired elsewhere, as well as having to have it re-checked by the MOT centre, consequently.

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How Auto Inspire Can Help You

Auto Inspire specialises in MOTs, car services, and repairs. We will be able to conduct MOT tests for your vehicle and, should it not pass, even perform any MOT repairs as needed, as well as any MOT retest requests.

Our services include brake repairs, clutch replacements, suspension repairs, tyre replacements, and wheel alignments, etc. For all of your auto repair needs, you can trust Auto Inspire!

We also specialise in servicing vehicles to the manufacturer’s specifics! That way, you can rest assured that not just anything is being applied to your car, but rather precisely what it needs.

Here at Auto Inspire, we know how much your car means to you. For many of us, cars are like our second homes. We rely on them practically daily and cannot afford to have them be disrespected or ill-treated.

All cars are different, and ensuring the longevity of any vehicle, means that maintenance is required! However, as you well know, repairs and services on any car can be expensive.

We know that you already likely spend a fortune on your car insurance and will not want to have to pay so much more on repairs and services. That’s why, here at Auto Inspire, we are proud to provide the very best services to our clients at the very best price. Your safety on the road is our top priority, so we will always do our very best to make sure that your vehicle is up to standard and at an affordable price.


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Our friendly team is ready and willing to help you with every aspect of your MOT. If there’s anything you need help with or that you have trouble understanding, just let us know.

If you choose our centre for your MOT, we’ll provide you with a full, detailed report – offering you advice on the relevant parts to your car that may need repairing, replacing, or simply in need of a little more care.

For more information on our services, you can contact us on 01246 555 995, or through our website via form. Keep your car, your passengers and other road users safe – take your MOT seriously!