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August 7, 2020What to do if Your Car Fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT, you might not be allowed to drive it until the problems have been fixed. This article will help you stay in the right lane after a failed MOT.

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What happens when you fail your MOT?

It’s not uncommon to fail an MOT.  In 2018-2019, the fail rate for cars, vans and passenger vehicles with up to 12 seats was 33.6%. That’s over one in three vehicles.

If you do fail your MOT, the test centre will issue you with a VT30 ‘Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate’. This will contain your vehicle’s details, the MOT test number and the reasons for the failure.

  • You will fail your MOT if your vehicle is found to have a ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problem.
  • Your results may also include ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ problems.
  • You will not fail your MOT for minor or advisory problems, but they will require monitoring or fixing in the future.

If you fail your MOT, it will be recorded in the MOT database. Keep hold of your MOT test certificate, as this will be required if you choose to appeal your result.

Can I drive away after a failed MOT?

You may only continue to drive your vehicle after a failed MOT if:

  • Your current MOT has not expired; and
  • There were no ‘dangerous’ problems listed in your MOT results.

Once your MOT certificate has expired, you won’t be able to drive your vehicle until you have been issued with a new one. 

If there is a ‘dangerous’ problem listed in your MOT, you won’t be able to take your vehicle away with you. Any dangerous problems must be fixed before the vehicle can be driven. If you are caught driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT due to a dangerous problem, you could receive a fine up to £2500, receive 3 penalty points on your license and be banned from driving.

Can I appeal a failed MOT?

You can appeal the result of an MOT if you feel it has been graded unfairly. We recommend discussing your results in greater detail with the testing centre first before launching an appeal.

If you still feel the decision was wrong, you can launch an official appeal. To do this, you must obtain and fill out an MOT complaint form. Send this to the DSVA within 14 working days of the original test date. A new MOT appointment will be arranged within five days. If your appeal is successful, you will be issued a full or partial refund on this test.

How do I repair my vehicle after a failed MOT?

If your vehicle fails its MOT, you will be informed of all required repairs. Your vehicle will not pass any subsequent MOTs unless these repairs have been made.

You can opt to leave your vehicle with the garage and have them repair the issues. In some cases, this could be completed and retested on the very same day. If there are many faults, or the faults are more serious, you may need to leave your vehicle with the garage for a few days until the issues have been resolved. 

You may also choose to take your vehicle to a different garage and have the faults repaired there. You may then return to the original testing centre and have your vehicle retested.

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If the faults are repaired within ten days of the initial test, the original testing centre can offer a partial retest. The partial retest won’t cost as much as your initial test, as wheels, tyres, wipers, mirrors and doors are all free with this retest.

Alternatively, you may choose to go to a different garage for repairs and for the MOT. You will be charged the full amount if you retest at a different testing centre. Therefore, we recommend booking your initial MOT with a trusted MOT service centre that offers a full range of repairs should you fail.

Treadfirst are a leading provider of MOT tests in Suffolk. Thanks to our team of experienced mechanics, we provide a complete range of repair and servicing offerings for all types of vehicles. If your vehicle fails its MOT for any reason, we will offer you swift, competitively-priced repairs so that you can take a partial retest and drive home safely. To book your MOT online, just complete our simple online form. For more information about your services, please feel free to get in touch.

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