It is all very well to know that an MOT test must be done when the vehicle is three years old and annually thereafter, but how do you know exactly when that is? It can be a problem in today’s busy world, and no one wants to find themselves with a fine because they did not realise that their MOT was due! Here are some ways that you can tell.
New cars are sold all the time in the UK, but they are registered only in March and September respectively – you can tell the registration date of a car from the first two numbers on the number plate: for example in March 2019, number plates had the prefix 19, while in September they changed to 69. Likewise, in 2020, the March registration became 20, and in September it changed to 70. So, if your car has a registration prefix of 68 (September 2018) you will need to get your MOT test done by September 2021. It is important to remember that cars’ ‘birthdays’ starts from the moment they are first registered, not from the moment you purchase the car – so you may have less time than you initially think before that first MOT test is due.
Once you have had an MOT test, it is very easy to recall your MOT’s due date – it is clearly written on the front page of the certificate! Along with a host of other information, you will see the word ‘PASS’ in large font on the left-hand side of the certificate. Just underneath that will be the date that the certificate was awarded, and immediately to the right of that, the date that the certificate expires. You are allowed to take your car in for its MOT up to one month before the expiry of the current certificate without losing that date. So, in effect you will be issued a certificate for one year and a few weeks. This is to prevent a major rush on MOT tests, and to reduce the risk of people being unable to get their MOT done before the expiry date.
Consult the DVSA Website!
And finally, you can go online and check your registration with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) for an instance reminder of when your MOT test is due. Many service stations and MOT testing centres will access the site on your behalf, if you prefer them to do the checking on your behalf, and some may even send regular customers annual reminders that the test is coming due.
And finally, of course, you can set a reminder in your smartphone to be repeated annually, so you can drive all year with peace of mind, knowing that when the time is right, your phone will let you know that your MOT is due! If you live in London or a nearby area then we would recommend you to book an MOT service in London at Elite Direct: a DVSA approved garage with pocket friendly rates and excellent customer service. We assure that you won’t regret your decision.