Figures from the Department for Transport show that around one in three vehicles fails its MOT first time.
Most cars fail because of minor faults. These can be annoying. but they are usually quick and easy to sort out.
Sometimes failures are more serious, or a car will fail for multiple reasons. These problems are generally harder (and more expensive) to repair.
In this guide we’ll cover what happens if your car fails an MOT, whether you can drive it somewhere else and how you can get back on the road quickly.
Your car will fail its MOT if it has one or more ‘major’ or ‘dangerous’ problems.
You will get a VT30 ‘Refusal’ certificate which shows why your car has failed. The failure will also be logged in a national database.
If you think your car has failed incorrectly, you can appeal the result. The DVSA will be in touch within five days of receiving an appeal, but you should avoid repairing your car until the appeals process has finished.
Lee’s top tip!
“Your MOT test certificate may show ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ warnings. These aren’t serious enough to fail your car by themselves, but you should keep an eye on them and may need to repair them before your next MOT test.”
If your car fails its MOT, and there are no ‘dangerous’ problems on your VT30 ‘Refusal’ certificate, you can drive your car, as long as the previous MOT is still valid.
If you’re caught driving a dangerous MOT failure, you are liable for a fine of up to £2500, a driving ban and 3 penalty points on your licence.
If your car has failed, and your MOT certificate is out of date, you can only drive it to get it repaired or to a pre-arranged MOT appointment.
You have a responsibility to make sure your car meets the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times when driving.
If your car fails its MOT and you don’t want to appeal the decision, you have a number of options.
For more information about MOTs, or to make an appointment, speak to a member of our team. Call: 0161 834 4168.