Everything to do with an MOT on Sunday
If you are a car or van owner, it’s essential that you are sure your car or van is in a suitable condition to be driven on the road. Most vehicles are subject to an annual MOT test to ensure that they are roadworthy. So what is involved in getting your car tested, which vehicles need to have an MOT, and where can you get one done, especially if you want an MOT on Sunday?
What is an MOT test?
The MOT is designed to ensure that vehicles on the public roads are safe to use, avoiding accidents which could cause injury or even death. This includes: cars, motorcycles, motor caravans, trucks, and smaller public service vehicles.
You must have an MOT test done annually on your vehicle, although you can have the test done up to one month in advance, therefore giving you a chance to book an MOT on Sunday if that is your only available time off, whilst also giving you time to fix any faults before the MOT certificate expires. Be sure to allow enough time, as it’s sometimes hard to get an appointment for an MOT on Sunday.
If your MOT certificate lapses, you can’t drive your car on the road unless you are driving it to a pre-booked test appointment.
Which vehicles are exempt?
Some vehicles are exempt from MOT testing. These are:
Vehicles less than three years old.
Electrically powered vehicles.
Older cars and motorcycles manufactured before 1960.
Lorries, buses and trailers – these require a different annual test.
Where can I get an MOT on Sunday?
MOT tests can only be carried out at an official test centre. You can tell if a business is accredited to carry out MOT tests because it must display the official logo of three white triangles on a blue background. It must also have a ‘MOT Test: Fees and Appeals’ poster publicly displayed. Not all centres can offer an appointment if you want an MOT on Sunday.
What is involved in an MOT test and is it different from an Mot on Sunday?
The MOT test is intended to check a wide range of features on your car, including aspects of its condition and performance. Main areas for testing include:
Milage from previous three years. Faults in recording the mileage could be due to several reasons such as a faulty odometer. However, illegal tampering with the odometer, known as ‘clocking’ could also be cause. If you notice any discrepancy, you must inform the test centre within 7 days.
Speedometer – this must be working correctly.
Steering – this will be thoroughly tested, including checking for any warning lights that could indicate a problem.
Lights and reflectors – all bulbs must be working, and functions such as full beam will also be checked. Reflectors must be positioned correctly and in good condition.
Brakes – the condition of all the brakes will be checked. Warning lights must not indicate problems.
Suspension – this must be working safely, including shock absorbers.
Fuel system – the entire fuel system must be in good order, with no leaks or worn parts (e.g. fuel hoses).
Tyres – these must have minimum of 1.6mm tread.
Number plate – this must be clean, clearly readable, and securely fixed. It must conform to regulations regarding spacing and sizing of letters etc. The tester will also check to see that it’s a legitimate number.
Tow bar (if you have one) – this should be in good condition and securely attached to your vehicle.
Horn – must be operating properly and conform to regulations about the kind of sound it emits.
The condition of the car will be checked carefully – this includes items such as mirrors, windows (including the windscreen), seats and seatbelts, washers and wipers.
Bodywork – this should be in good repair, with no significant corrosion or damage.
Exhaust emissions – these must meet the government standards.
How long does the MOT test take and does an mot on sunday take longer?
A standard MOT test usually take between 40 and 60 minutes, however it may take a little longer if you don’t book and need to do a last minute Mot on Sunday.
How much does an MOT test cost and does it change for an Mot on Sunday?
The cost of an MOT test depends on the kind of vehicle, the engine capacity and not whether it is a weekday or weekend. Prices include:
Motorcycles – between £29.65 and £37.80
3-wheeled vehicles – £37-80 – £54.85
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats), £54.85
Motor caravans – £54.85
Larger vehicles e.g. goods lorries or larger vehicles – up to £124.50
Some businesses may offer a reduced fee for the test if it’s combined with other services, such as a full or partial car service done at the same time.
What if my vehicle passes an Mot?
If your vehicle passes the MOT test, you will be given an MOT certificate confirming it has passed, and this will be recorded on the official MOT database. It is then it’s easier for insurers and others to check the car has passed. Keep your test certificate safely, as it will cost £10 to replace it if it gets lost or damaged.
What if my vehicle fails an Mot?
If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you must make sure that any defects are addressed promptly. If you think the cost of repairs would total more than the car is worth, you can scrap it.
You will be given a ‘notification of failure’ from the test centre, which details exactly why your vehicle has failed, so you know which repairs are necessary. If you have had the test done you can still drive your vehicle until the current certificate expires, but you could be prosecuted for driving an unroadworthy vehicle if stopped by the police. You could also be at risk from driving a vehicle with dangerous defects, so it’s better to get repairs done as soon as possible.
If the certificate has expired, you can’t drive it on public roads until it has a new one. You are only allowed to take it on the road if you are driving it to get the defects repaired or to a pre-booked MOT test appointment.
What are the arrangements for getting my vehicle re-tested after an Mot on Sunday?
If you leave your car at the test centre for repairs to be done, or return it with repairs completed by the end of the next working day, then there may be no charge for a partial re-test. This may not apply to an MOT on Sunday, and only applies to defects within a given list which includes items such as horns, mirrors and tyres. For other larger repairs, a partial re-test can be done at a reduced rate.
Any partial re-test must be done within ten days, otherwise a full test will be required.
What if I disagree with the MOT test result?
If you disagree with your test result, you can appeal to your local DVSA office. They can arrange for your vehicle to be checked by an independent mechanic, and if they agree with your point of view, you can request a refund from the original test centre. Any appeal must be made within 7 days of the test.
Where can I get an MOT on Sunday?
There are lots of places you can go to get an MOT test done, including if you want to have your MOT on Sunday. MOT test centres include large retail chains such as Kwik-Fit and Halfords, but smaller independent centres can also carry out an MOT on Sunday. As long as the centre is properly accredited, the size is not important.
Some centres carry out repairs as well as MOT testing, and although the vast majority are honest and trustworthy, some people feel that there is a conflict of interest as the centre may be more disposed to failing a vehicle so they think they can get more business carrying out repairs. For this reason, some prefer to go to a centre that only does MOT tests and doesn’t do repairs. However, many people like the convenience of a ‘one-stop-shop’ so that their vehicle can be repaired quickly and easily without the need to take it somewhere else, especially if they are having their MOT on Sunday.
Local councils also have their own MOT test centres and many people don’t realise that they are required to offer MOT testing to the general public as well, however not all will offer an Mot on Sunday. Council centres don’t carry out repairs, so they have no vested interest in failing vehicles, so this could be an option if you prefer a disinterested party to do your MOT test. However, these centres are generally only open on weekdays, so are not suitable if you want an MOT on Sunday.
When can I get an MOT on Sunday?
Traditionally, MOT centres are generally open on weekdays and on Saturdays. This can be a problem if you want to get an MOT on Sunday. However, increasing numbers of businesses will now do an MOT on Sunday, although these do tend to be larger companies with many branches across the UK.
Many of these test centres offer online booking, including the option to book an MOT on Sunday, and this can be especially helpful if your MOT has already run out.