How long does an MOT take?

Taking your car for its annual MOT can often feel like a bit of a nuisance, especially if you know your local garage has a knack for running behind. But how long should an MOT take, and are there any ways you can speed up the process? Scrap Car Comparison guides you through all you need to know about MOTs.

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How long does an MOT test take?

Most MOT tests will take between 45 minutes and an hour, meaning you should be able to get it done in a single lunch break. Assuming you have transport available, or your MOT testing centre is walking distance from a local town or village, you could even use the time having a spot of lunch or running some errands while it takes place.

Can you do an MOT in 30 minutes?

Unsurprisingly, younger cars will likely go through their MOT checks faster than their older counterparts, and this is backed up by the DVSA, who believes that cars aged between three and five years could get through an MOT in 30 minutes, whereas cars fives years old and beyond will take upwards of 45 minutes. 

Can I drive straight after my MOT?

Providing your car passed its MOT, then of course. Once you’ve paid the garage and have your receipt, certificate and keys, there’s nothing stopping you from driving away there and then. If you’ve failed however, that’s where things get tricky. If your previous MOT is still valid then you can drive away on the proviso there are no ‘dangerous’ issues, but you will need to get the issues sorted as soon as you possibly can. In some cases you may get away with just a partial retest, which could even be free if you leave your car at the same test centre and it’s retested within ten working days.

What happens after the MOT test?

After the test has been carried out you will be presented with a new MOT certificate, valid for the next 12 months, and the result will be stored in the DVLA’s MOT database. If the car fails with any ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ issues, then you will be given a ‘refusal of an MOT test certificate’ and this result will also be recorded and stored on the MOT database.

Is there anything that could cause my MOT test to take longer?

If you’ve booked in with a particularly popular garage or at a typically busy time (such as the lunch rush), then this could add some time onto your test while the garage works its way through the backlog of vehicles it is checking. In some instances, a garage may also suggest they carry out a service beforehand, or at least give your car a once over to ensure there are no defects that may cause a fail, without you having the inconvenience of these being discovered in the ‘official’ test.

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