How early can I MOT my car?

Often our MOT and services can creep up on us just at the wrong time – when bills are due, the rest of your summer holiday needs paying off or even when your annual car insurance also needs renewing. Perhaps you want to balance out the outgoings and get ahead of the game this year? Start by booking in your MOT early. But exactly how soon can you MOT a car?

How long is an MOT valid for?

An MOT on any vehicle lasts for one year. This means you have exactly one year from your last test until your next one is due. However, there is the option to MOT your car early:

Earliest date for MOT

You can MOT your car up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out. Although you have renewed early, your renewal date will still stay the same on your certificate for next year.

However, you can renew your car even earlier if required – if you renew your MOT up to more than one calendar month before, the test will then be valid until 12 months from the new test date.

What if my MOT has run out?

The only exceptions to drive a vehicle that’s MOT has expired is:

  • Driving to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • To a pre-arranged MOT test

Remember, if you take your MOT test early and it fails, you shouldn’t be driving this car – even though you may still have an MOT certificate that hasn’t yet expired. If your car has failed its MOT, this means the car is dangerous to you, other drivers and other passengers in your vehicle.

The DVSA state your vehicle needs to meet the minimum standards of being roadworthy at all times.

Ready to book in your own MOT today? Find out all the information you need to know from Formula One Autocentres today.

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