When to get an MOT

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

Be aware that some vehicles need to be tested at one year old and you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Earliest date you can get an MOT

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. Example If your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April. You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.

If the MOT has run out

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test

For more information regarding MOTs you can visit the GOV.UK web site


Servicing your Vehicle

Why is it important to get your car serviced?

Part of the servicing schedule is about ensuring that the engine is running correctly, that there are no problems with the brakes, that the tyres are correctly inflated and the filters are changed regularly. If all that is attended to properly and the adjustments carried out then the engine will run efficiently, there will be fewer problems with fuel consumption and of course it's good for the environment.

Regular servicing is also important for the warranty as there have been several cases of engine failures and transmission failures where because the vehicles haven't been serviced quite on time the warranty payments have been declined.

How often should your car be serviced?

It's a good and necessary thing to have your car serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended service intervals. But of course it's a better thing if your car is serviced more frequently because that ensures that the brakes, the steering, the suspension etc are all looked after more carefully and more frequently which can also improve the saleability of that car, whether old or new.

It can be very tempting with an older vehicle to fall into the trap of extending the time and distance intervals between services but that's not a good idea. An older vehicle if anything needs more regular servicing. If these service schedules are left too long then it could result in fairly drastic engine damage. For more information visit Watchdog

To discuss your vehicle's servicing requirements, give one of the team at Ipswich Vehicle Refinishers a call today on 01473 716000