Pickwick Motor Works is an approved DVSA MOT test centre, We can “ MOT While you wait “ We also have a comfortable waiting/viewing area that has a television, hot/cold refreshments and snacks.
We take the hassle out of you remembering when your MOT is due because we will send you a reminder letter the following year.
Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year to ensure that it complies with at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards. If you have a vehicle that is more than three years old, it will need an MOT test.
The first test is required once a vehicle is three years old. There are different rules if you use it as a taxi. When your vehicle is tested, the MOT looks at some important items to see if it meets the legal requirements. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle. The purpose of an MOT test is to ensure that cars, private buses and motorcycles over a certain age are checked at least once a year to ensure that they comply with key road and environmental requirements.
A test certificate relates only to the condition of testable items at the time of the test and should not be used as:
- evidence of their condition at any other time
- evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle
When your vehicle needs testing
If a vehicle is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT will be required three years after the date of registration. For example, a vehicle registered ‘from new’ on 1 April 2004 will require its MOT no later than 1 April 2007.
If a vehicle is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example a vehicle manufactured at any time in 2004 will require an MOT no later than 31 December 2007. There is no grace period given after these dates.
An MOT can be carried out at any time
If the vehicle is tested within the calendar month prior to when the MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate. For example, if the current certificate was due to expire on 1 April 2007, and the vehicle was presented on or after 2 March 2007, the certificate would run from the test date until 1 April 2008.
MOT Certificates have changed
The way information is held about MOT tests has changed. Records of test results are now held on a secure central database. This change has not affected your actual MOT test but it has affected the way you check the MOT history. All MOT testing stations have been connected to this central database. When your vehicle is tested at one of these ’computerised’ testing stations your test record will be entered onto this new database and you will receive a new style (A4 in size) certificate.