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The MOT Test

The MOT test (Ministry of Transport, or simply MOT) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions required in the United Kingdom for most vehicles over three years old.

We have been conducting MOT's in Marlow since the test was introduced in the 1960's.


The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

Items such as the windscreen, wipers and exhaust systems are tested for condition and operation. Windscreen wipers will fail the test if they do not adequately clear the windscreen when used in conjunction with the washers.

The exhaust system, in addition to checks on its condition and security, is tested to ascertain whether it is obviously louder than another vehicle of the same make and model with a standard exhaust system fitted.

Dismantling of any part of the vehicle during the MOT test is strictly against test regulations.

As the MOT is only an inspection for road-worthiness at the time of test, the inspection of most accessories is not included. One exception is tow bars: their condition and their attachment to the vehicle is now included in the MOT.

You can read more about what's tested for cars on the VOSA website

NOTE: The test does not cover the condition of the engine (other than the emissions), clutch or gearbox. Maintenance that is necessary for the reliable and efficient operation of the vehicle - but not it's safety - forms part of a service inspection (Routine Service) that is recommended by manufacturers.

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of it's registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

We automatically provide a FREE MOT reminder service to our existing customers.

If you would like your vehicle added to this service, simply click the button and complete the form

FREE MOT Reminder Service

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on your current MOT pass certificate.

You can have an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and still keep the same renewal date. For example - if your MOT runs out on August 24th, you can get an MOT carried out from July 25th and still keep August 24th as the renewal date for next year.

This gives you plenty of time to resolve any failure items before the current MOT certificate runs out.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

You can get an MOT done earlier, but the renewal date for the following year will change to one year (minus a day) from the date the vehicle passes the MOT.

We are an approved MOT test station authorised to carry out tests on Class IV vehicles, which include:

  • Cars, including 3-wheeled vehicles more than 450 kg unladen weight
  • taxis
  • minibuses and ambulances up to 12 passenger seats
  • Goods Vehicles not exceeding 3,000 kg Design Gross Weight (DGW)
  • motor caravans
  • Dual Purpose Vehicles


Alternatively phone us on 01628 894100.

You can watch the test from our viewing area, BUT you're not allowed to interrupt our MOT tester.

Your vehicle will either pass, or fail, the MOT.

If it passes the MOT

You'll get an MOT certificate and it will be recorded in the national MOT database.

You might also get a list of 'minor' or 'advisory' problems to monitor, or fix, in the future.

An MOT test certificate confirms that at the time of test, the vehicle has met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards

NOTE: an MOT certificate does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate.

If it fails the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT, you'll get a refusal of an MOT test certificate which lists the reasons for the failure.

We are always happy to explain the reason(s) for the failure, and give you FREE advice on the best course of action.

Driving a vehicle that has failed

You can take your vehicle away if your current MOT certificate is still valid and no 'dangerous' problems were listed on the MOT failure. Otherwise, you'll need to get it repaired before you can drive it.

If you can take your vehicle away, it must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a 'dangerous' problem.

You cannot drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test