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What is an MOT?

An MOT test is an annual inspection that is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are older than 3 years (some vehicles that are older than 1 year). The test itself covers strict criteria set out by the DVSA (UK Governing Body) to determine whether your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. As such, a broad range of vehicle safety checks must be completed by a certified DVSA examiner at a certified DVSA MOT test centre to certify the vehicle for each year that it is on the road. The test will include inspections of the vehicle in specific areas of whichwill include lights, tyres, seatbelts and emissions.

The MOT will be an inspection only, this is not the same as having a vehicle service and the MOT does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle. The assessment will be based on the condition of the vehicle on the day it is tested, passing an MOT does not provide any guarantee the condition of your vehicle is the same 6 months later.

If the vehicle fails, a list will be provided to outline any ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Major’ defects that are present. A ‘Dangerous’ defect will not allow you to drive the vehicle on the road if found, this must be rectified before the vehicle can be driven, even if taking the vehicle home or to another garage for repair. The vehicle may be recovered in this condition. Any ‘Major’ defects will be listed but must be rectified before a new certificate can be provided. Any ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Major’ defects found and fixed, would allow for a free retest if conducted within 10 days from the failure date.

If the vehicle passes, the certified examiner will provide a pass certificate for a 12 months validity. Separately listed will be any ‘Minor’ defects or ‘Advisories’ that will require attention soon.

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How early can you do a MOT?

You can technically test a vehicle whenever you like. The general rule is that a MOT test can be undertaken up to 28 days before the expiry date shown on your previous MOT certificate. This means that if you take your vehicle for its test 28 days before the expiry, your MOT will essentially be valid for 13 months. No days will be lost for taking the vehicle early for testing.

For example, if your MOT certificate expires on the 10th November, the earliest the vehicle could be presented for testing to preserve the expiry date would be the 14th October. The new certificate would still be valid until the 10th November the following year.

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What Classes of MOT Tests do North One do?

We at North One are able to test any vehicles, although we can only test Class 4 on site of which is relevant to passenger vehicles up to 8 passengers. The cost of the MOT nationally for Class 4 is £54.85.

We are able to test other classes of vehicle, although this will be by appointment and subject to pricing on request.

If you are concerned about your upcoming MOT and your vehicle’s health condition, you can contact us for a Visual Health Check of which will allow for a review of your vehicle to ascertain the condition to provide you peace of mind before an MOT test.

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Covid-19 - Business Update

From the 06th January 2021 the UK Government have announced a Nationwide Lockdown. North One will continue to trade and are considered an essential business offering Vehicle Repairs and MOT Testing.

The UK Government have stated that MOT Testing will continue through the lockdown period. We will be able to make bookings for service repairs and MOT testing by telephone or via our website. We will, as before, not be performing any waiting bookings or accompanied test drives.

Our reception remains closed and all customers are asked to drop off any vehicles with keys and we will contact them by telephone once the vehicle has been assessed. We politely ask that facemasks are worn when entering the business to collect or drop off your vehicle/keys.

We appreciate in advance your assistance and understanding during these difficult times whilst we try to work with these restrictions and social distancing measures.

We are OPEN for business and operating with some restrictions due to the Nationwide Lockdown set by the UK Government from the 06th January 2021. Our customer reception is closed and we are not performing waiting jobs or accompanied test drives. We politely ask all customers to wear a face mask when entering the building to collect or drop off vehicles. Thanks