Retesting And Appealing a MOT Failure

It’s time for that dreaded MOT test again. It seems like yesterday you had your last. Unfortunately, a lot can change in a year, so it’s important to keep an eye on your vehicle to prepare for your MOT. Failing your MOT isn’t abnormal, so there are measures in place to get your car ship-shape and back on the road.

What If I Fail My Mot?

If you fail your MOT, you’re limited in what you can do until you rebook and pass your test. Driving without a valid MOT certificate can void your insurance if you’re in an accident and you risk incurring impressive fines. You’re also not able to park on the street without a valid certificate. You can be fined (again) and risk having your car towed away!

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Can You Get Your Vehicle Retested After Failing Your MOT?

Absolutely! Otherwise, no one would be on the road. Your vehicle will be assessed and you’ll be notified of any repairs you need before you can retest. You’d then qualify for a partial retest for free or a reduced rate, depending on the criteria.

criteria For Retesting

If you leave your vehicle at our garage for repairs and have a partial retest within 10 days, you won’t have to pay. For minor grievances with items like mirrors, steering wheels and registration plates, you’ll also quality for a partial retest if you get them repaired the next day. In any other circumstances, you will have to pay for a retest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, provided you haven’t committed to any repairs. You can send a form to the DVLA within 14 days of your test result to appeal the decision. Legally you won’t be able to drive your assessed vehicle during this period, so keep that in mind.

The technical answer? As long as you want. The realistic answer? It’s illegal, so we don’t recommend it. It’s dangerous and negligent to drive without a valid MOT certificate, for both yourself and others on the road. This is especially true if you drive after failing an inspection. A fault with your car could have disastrous consequences and lead to more expensive repairs down the line.

Another reason you shouldn’t drive with an MOT certificate is because the fines are hefty. You can incur fines upwards of £1,000. Your vehicle may also be inspected on the spot, which could unearth underlying problems that result in extra fines. If you fail your MOT, get retested as soon as possible. It’ll be cheaper in the long run and it’s just not worth the drama.

Failing Your MOT & Retesting At Pontypool

At Pontypool Accident & Repair Centre, you can book your MOT and have your car serviced to check for any issues that will flag during your MOT. We offer premium advice to keep your car on the road. To speak to one of our experts and book a test, contact us today.

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