You can not drive with an expired MOT. There are some exceptions.
You should consider fixing the issue at the location where the test was carried out.
If your vehicle has no major or dangerous problems, you can drive to a repair shop.
You can get the vehicle towed to a repair centre if the vehicle is not safe to drive.
You can book a mobile repair to get the problem fixed.
There are a few faults that are relatively easy to fix yourself if you are a hands-on type of person.
As windscreen wipers age, the rubber becomes hard and brittle. You can easily find the matching windscreen wipers online at Euro Car Parts, Halfords or Amazon by entering your reg number.
This is a common fail and one that you can fix yourself by getting a replacement bulb. Note that changing the headlights on some cars can get a bit dirty as the access is often via the wheel arch.
Numberplate bulbs should be easy enough to access and change yourself.
The tester will want to check your wipers so its a good idea to top the tank up before your test. If you forgot, it should be a simple enough fix to get an immediate retest.
When you fold your car seats, the anchor points for the seatbelts at the back can get behind the upholstery. It is important that these are present and visible for your MOT.
Fuel is required to run the car for the emissions test so its another one of the things that should really be checked before taking your test.
The dealership may turn you away because of low engine oil. This is also needed to run the car for the emissions check.
To find out more information about the MOT test failures please refer to Failing the MOT page on the UK Government website.
Welcome to the MOT centre's FAQ section! Whether you're here to get answers to common questions about MOT tests, or you're just curious about the process, we've got you covered.
MOT tests are important for all vehicles three years old and over, and are a legal requirement for anyone who wants to drive on the road. They check that vehicles meet the minimum safety and environmental standards required by law, and must be conducted annually for most vehicles.