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How soon before mot expires can u renew it and if it fails can the same garage fix the faults?
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How soon before mot expires can u renew it and if it fails can the same garage fix the faults?


You can get a car re mot'd anytime before it expires, handy if you know it's going to fail so you can get the work done on it in time. The garage you take it to can do the repairs if necessary but make sure the repairs ARE necessary before you get them to incase they are trying to make money out of you.

If you get it renewed 1 month before old one expires it will run from the expiry date of old one but only if you show the garage the old mot certificate before they do the mot.

Except for the first time you can have an extension if you get your car MOT 14 days or less before the second or subsequent MOT is due. This means that if it fails you have 14 days to get it repaired whilst you can continue to drive (if you are daft enough) You can of course have your car MOT'd ar any time even the day after you bought a brand new one

You can renew it whenever you like.

The garage will be more than happy to repair the faults they find and will often make a few up to make you feel like the whole thing was necessary.

You can renew it up to 1 month before the old one expires and the new one will run from the date of expiry of the old one.

Renew any earlier and it'll run from the date of the test.

You can have a test done any time you like. VOSA do not specify who carries out any necessary repairs, just that it will be reinspected according to the rules when done. You could tell the garage to fix it and retest if you wish. In fact, if you trust the garage, that's often the simplest way. I tell mine to check it over first, as I don't expect to receive a "fail".

To be fair, though there are still some "rogue traders" around, these days the better class of garage have MoT testers with a reputation to protect. When the tester is doing an MoT test he's working in effect for VOSA and they have taken, at last, to doing what are the equivalent to "mystery shopper" visits to see how he spots faults etc. If they catch something dubious going on the tester can lose his licence to test, and the garage too.

pint puller
anytime and yes they can

Whenever you want - but remember it will only last for 12 months from the date of the new MOT, not the expiry of your old one - it's not like buying your car tax early :o)

EDIT: You live and learn :o) (and I've been screwed by Kwik Fit).

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