If only every MOT test centre was like this…
shame I don’t live near it.
Only pay if you pass…
And they don’t carry out repairs…
Simple and honestPosted 4 years ago
Brilliant, so if your car fails you have to get it towed to a garage
I hadn’t realised you could drive it to a pre booked appointment,
What you haven’t realised is that a failed MOT doesn’t invalidate the remaining term on your current certificate. So if you MOT a month early (as you’re allowed) and fail…you can still drive the car for your normal daily routine before the expiry a month later.Posted 4 years ago
Ah right, that’s good to know! Makes not leaving your MOT until the last minute even more preferable!
I must admit, it does seem counter intuitive to me…doesn’t a failed MOT mean your car is not roadworthy? I suppose the law simply states that the car has to have a current MOT certificate, but still seems a bit bizarre that a subsequent fail doesn’t supersede the old certificate.
Also, do insurers put anything in the terms about cover being invalid after a failed MOT?Posted 4 years agoLHSMember
Was a bit shocked a few weeks ago with an MOT on our old beat-up car for the farm. Realised the MOT was about to run out so scooted down to a garage i haven’t used before but knew they did tyre replacements as all 4 tyres were illegal. Got phoned up an hour later saying it had passed, no new tyres recommended!!Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
erm, are you sure on that. An MOT is required once a year to prove roadworthiness, but it doesn’t then mean that your car stays legal for the year cos you’ve got a bit of paper saying it was at some point in the past.
If your brakes fail, your emissions start chucking out masses of soot, and your seatbelts fray in the meantime, of course it’s an issue and the car isn’t roadworthy and you can be stopped and fined appropriately. Only caveat is if you’re using it to get to the appt to have it fixed, as noted above.Posted 4 years ago
erm, are you sure on that
Yes I am.
you can be stopped and fined appropriately
Correct, you can be.
Two separate issues. A failed MOT doesn’t invalidate a current MOT but driving around in an non roadworthy is car is an offence.
Your car can become unroadworthy the day after you get a new MOT for any number of reasons.
My comment was purely because Peterfile incorrectly assumed that a failed MOT meant you were no longer able to use your car until you had a new MOT.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
OK, I’ll give you that. You wouldn’t get done for not having a valid MOT, but you could get done for driving a car in an un roadworthy condition. It’s a technicality I guess, the point is that just because you have a valid MOT (ie issued < 12mo ago) doesn’t mean the car is roadworthy.
And the toilets in any MOT centre are shocking………Posted 4 years ago
erm, are you sure on that
Ok, ‘they’ (the garage) can’t stop you dirving away, but nothing to stop them tipping of the plod (which I imagine would be quite satisfying for some poor maligned Kwikfit employee dealing with a knowitall), or you happening to get a random roadside test from VOSA you’d be liable for 7 points and a £2500 fine, and I bet they wouldn’t be too lenient as you had a bit of paper stating clearly the car wasn’t roadworthy.Posted 4 years ago
My comment was purely because Peterfile incorrectly assumed that a failed MOT meant you were no longer able to use your car until you had a new MOT.
Doesn’t the fact that your car has just failed an MOT mean that it’s not roadworthy though? In which case it’s illegal to be driving it and you won’t be covered in the event of an accident?
Or is it possible to have a car fail an MOT and still be roadworthy?Posted 4 years ago
Or is it possible to have a car fail an MOT and still be roadworthy?
I don’t think VOSA would throw the book at you for a blown numberplate bulb.
Taking your car for a MOT is such a PITA, back I the day a local garage use to do MOTs by post, for a small admin fee, much more civilised.
Sounds like most motorbike MOT’s I’ve had. Look out of window to check reg number and sign it.Posted 4 years ago
I’m not sure on the legal stand point but to me roadworthyness is about safety…and as such it’s perfectly safe to drive your car if it fails on emissions, has no windscreen wipers on a bright summers day, has no mainbeam bulb if only driven during the day. (Edit …the number plate bulb is a better example)
I’m not advocating driving unsafe/unroadworthy cars but there’s plenty of fail items which mean you can still drive safely until you have the opportunity to fix them/get them fixed.Posted 4 years agoDrPMember
You could have an mot pass on Monday, and then shred your tyres below legal limit on Tuesday, hence could be ‘busted’ for illegal tyres…
Or your car could fail the mot due to an engine warning light or seatbelt warning light, or have skewiff headlights, but still be safe to drive in certain conditions…hence you could take it to a garage to be fixed…
DrPPosted 4 years ago
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