What do I need for an MOT and Service

Wednesday 9th March 2022

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Whether your MOT and service is due at the same time, or at different points of the year, it’s important to note what to take to your MOT test and car service. From the documents, you’ll need to provide to remembering to remove your child’s car seat, learn more about preparing for your car service and MOT today.

What to bring to an MOT

In terms of legal requirements of what to bring to an MOT test, previously, there were certain documents, letters and certificates you’d be required to take with you. However, technology now allows most testing centres and garages to access all the information they require online. If in doubt, be prepared and bring the following things with you:

  • Vehicle Service logbook – it’s always worth taking along your vehicle service logbook as this will show the technicians information and history about the vehicle - including the last time it was serviced. It can add more context to any potential problems and give more of background history to the vehicle.
  • Locking wheel nut key – it’s advised to leave the locking wheel nut key on the passenger seat of the car, giving the vehicle technicians easy access in the event they need to remove the wheels.
  • Appointment letter – you can bring your appointment letter with you, or have it available on your emails to show. This isn’t necessary, but it may make the signing in process slightly quicker.
  • Remove items in the boot and from the backseat – this will give access to the spare wheel if required. Also, note that items such as car seats secured by a seatbelt should be removed prior to an MOT test so the tester can test the seatbelts on the back seats easily.
  • Ensure your tax is up to date - it is illegal to drive an untaxed vehicle to and from the test centre – unless you have a specific insurance cover in place.

    After your MOT, you will then be issued with an MOT certificate. If additional work is required on your vehicle, you may receive a list of minor problems that will need monitoring. It is advised that you do not ignore these recommendations as they can become much bigger issues.

What if I’ve lost my MOT documents?

If you have lost your MOT certificate, you will have to get a replacement by contacting an MOT centre. You will have to give the centre your V5C reference number and your vehicle registration number in order to receive a replacement certificate.

In the scenario that you lose your V5C, all you need to do is contact the DVLA and they will send you a replacement within 5 days.

If you’re looking for more MOT preparation tips or ways to prevent forking out extra money if your car fails its MOT, read our helpful guide today from Formula One Autocentres.

What do I need for a service?

Wondering what to bring to a car service? Here are a few things that are beneficial to take along with you:

  • Vehicle service logbook – also referred to as the V5C,  is a book the technician servicing your vehicle will stamp this once the service is complete and note the due date or mileage of your next service. This is especially important if you’re looking to sell your car – as stamps in the logbook signify that the car has been regularly serviced and well looked after.
  • Locking wheel nut key – this will allow the mechanic to remove your wheels and be able to check your brake system is working effectively.

Need to learn more about the difference between an MOT and service or are you looking to get your next car MOT or vehicle service booked in now? Locate your nearest Formula One Autocentres today – or simply get in touch with a member of our team for expert motoring help and advice.

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