What to Expect From Your First MOT

Your first MOT may be a little daunting, especially if you’re a student at the University of Lincoln and have brought your car to your new city. You might be wondering what to expect from your first MOT and whether you even need one in the first place.

Obviously, this is an important part of the safety of your vehicle. From your MOT you can expect to have a number checks and tests performed to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy – whether you’re using it to do your shopping or commuting to the main university building on Brayford Way.

MOT rules recently changed, so it’s good to check you’re up to speed on the latest news, but this month we’re answering some key questions you might have about your first MOT.

When is my first MOT due?

An MOT is due annually for all cars over three years old. If your car is not yet three years old, you won’t require an MOT. If your car is older than three years, your MOT will be due once a year at the same time each year.

Your first MOT after the initial three-year point will be due on the anniversary of the registration of your car (a date you can find in your paperwork).

What happens if I forgot about my MOT?

If you forgot about your MOT you cannot legally drive your car. You could face prosecution and fines if caught driving without a valid MOT.
There are two exceptions to this in order to help you rectify missing your MOT due date:

  • Driving it to or from a place to get your car repaired
  • Driving it to a pre-booked MOT test

How much should my first MOT cost?

While it might be up to your local garage to say whether they are offering MOTs at a discounted price, there is a maximum cost for an MOT depending on what class of vehicle you have.
Your first MOT should cost no more than £54.85 for a car with no more than 8 seats. Often the price is less, but you may also use the opportunity to have your car serviced so that you keep your logbook up to date with a full service history (this can help you sell your car for more further down the line).

Can I keep the cost of my MOT down?

An MOT will always have a standard price. You might want to shop around to see which garages offer the best price, but ultimately you should go with a local, trusted garage to know you’re getting the best service.

Be aware that any defects identified will need to be rectified before you are issued with an MOT certificate. You can either choose to get a quote for the work with the MOT garage (if they offer the services) or have the work undertaken elsewhere, but either way, it will require a retest to ensure your car is back in a roadworthy condition. Advisory notices are to make you aware of future issues to look out for before your next test.

For a friendly, professional service – whether it’s your first MOT or your fifteenth – look no further than Auto Exhausts & Tyres. We’re just down the road from the University of Lincoln and are always happy to book you in for your MOT, helping you stay safe and legal on the roads no matter what vehicle you drive. We have a five-star review rating and our customers are always happy to recommend us to family and friends due to our first-class service and reputation.