What Can I Do If My Car Fails Its MOT?

What do you do if your car fails its MOT? Well, before I explain that, I'm going to take a step back. When did you book your car in for its MOT? Was it right on the day it was due to expire? You might not be aware of this, but you can actually book your car in for its MOT up to one month prior to the expiry date, and still have the new MOT run for a full year from that expiry date. What's more, since the whole system is now computerised, you don't even have to waste time hunting around for the old MOT certificate!

If you already knew that and allowed plenty of time, then even if your car fails, you know you don't need to panic! You can take your time having the relevant repairs done, and then having an MOT re-test. At most MOT test stations, the re-test will be free of charge, although some places will charge you part of the price (such as half the full MOT price) if you choose to have the repair work done at another garage.

If you left it to the last minute, your options are slightly more limited. Once your MOT certificate has expired it is an offence to drive it on a public road. Some exceptions are when you are taking it from the garage where it failed to somewhere it can be repaired, taking it away from the repairing garage, or driving it to an MOT test station where you are already booked in for an MOT.

One easy way to solve any issues with whether or not you can legally drive the car, is to have the repairs done at the same garage where your car failed its MOT. If the garage has space, you should be able to leave the car there until the relevant parts are located and there is time in the workshop for the repair work to be carried out. Of course, that's not terribly convenient for you, so it is always best to book our MOT in plenty of time!

One thing you may find confusing is if your car passes its MOT but you are given a list of advisory items. As the car MOT test provides a snapshot of your car's health at the time of the test, it is often obvious to the technician that certain parts (particularly brakes or tyres) do not have enough wear left in them to last until your next MOT. As a convenience to you they let you know what these items are, and will usually tell you how long they can be expected to last. This allows you to have these repairs done in plenty of time, both for your own safety, and so that they won't cause you to fail your next MOT!

Article Source: Harry Coombes


  1. For anyone wanting to check history of their mot test, go to you will need the vehicle registration mark and the MOT test number.
    Cheers and drive safely,

  2. It's a good job it's once a year, because i'm absolutely useless with cars. I got mine done at Kingshurst MOT garage and it turned out it wasn't able to pass. I didn't really want to fork out extra money for parts, but it worked out reasonable I suppose.

  3. A car that failed in MOT (ministry of transport) test is kind of frustrating. In order to pass this kind of test, make sure that you undergo car maintenance. Have a full car checkup, and have all things repaired if needed. See to it that everything is perfectly okay in order for the car not to fail in MOT test. I would choose a reliable and professional company instead of hiring an independent contractor for this kind of job. This is very important matter.
    Andre Brennan

  4. Thanks for sharing very useful information regarding Mot Testing which will help me in future.

  5. I found all these tips and tricks helpful. I availed MOT Testing Watford services.

  6. Great advice. I always recommend people get their car serviced regularly to try and avoid this sort of situation happening. I've often used Moto Logic to do this and I'm sure it's kept any issues with my MOT down to a minimum.