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What is an MOT and why is it needed?

An MOT is an annual legal requirement on any vehicle over three years old. If you want to keep your car safe, legal and in great condition, a regular MOT is essential.

What can you expect from a Vertu Motors MOT?

Vehicle health check

Visual Health Check

Free Visual Health Check with every MOT


Complimentary Wi-Fi

Complimentary refreshments and customer Wi-Fi while you wait

Wash & Vac

Wash and Vacuum

Your car cleaned and restored to a high standard

Outstanding recalls

Outstanding recalls

We check manufacturer systems for any outstanding recalls.

Regular service and repair

Why choose Vertu Motors for your MOT?

We're part of one of the UK's largest automotive retailer groups

We have MOT test centres nationwide

Our modern, clean workshops are equipped with the latest tools and technology

Our Aftersales Customer Experience Centre is open 7 days a week

Our range of services

Full service

We thoroughly check your vehicle and replace all fluids to keep it in pristine condition.

Seasonal check

Prepare your car for every season with a high-quality check.

Tyre check

Safe tyres save lives and fuel - we will check for wear, tear and damage.

Repair & maintenance

Suitable for problems big or small.


You may not know you need a manufacturer recall. We'll check.

Health Check

Free video & written report with competitive, no obligation estimates.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I check if my car has an MOT?

You can check if your car has a valid MOT certificate on the Government website by simply entering your vehicle registration. England, Scotland and Wales only.

How much does an MOT cost?

An MOT test costs £54.85 at Vertu Motors.

All MOTs are carried out by qualified nominated MOT testers.

You will also receive a Free Vehicle Health Check video and written report.

Not only this, but we'll return your car cleaned inside and out, because it's all in the details.

Take advantage of complimentary refreshments and customer Wi-Fi. Premium MOT tests while you wait.

What is covered during an MOT test?

An MOT test looks at your vehicle to ensure it meets legal and environmental standards, including:

  • Body structure
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Steering and suspension
  • Brakes
  • Electrical wiring and battery
  • Lights
  • Registration plates

And more. Keep your car safe and in running order with Vertu Motors.

Which MOT class is my vehicle?

It can be difficult to understand which MOT class your vehicle falls into, and we have broken it down below:

Class 1

  • Motorcycles with or without sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)

Class 2

  • Motorcycles with or without sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)

Class 3

  • Three wheeled vehicles up to 450kg unladen weight

Class 4

  • Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
  • Motor caravans
  • Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
  • Dual purpose vehicles
  • Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
  • Ambulances and taxis
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
  • Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)

Class 4a

  • Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check

Class 5

  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
  • Playbuses

Class 5a

  • Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
  • Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check

Class 7

  • Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)

How long does it take for an MOT to show online?

There are no set timescales on how long it will take for your MOT result to show online, but it can typically be up to five working days.

What happens if my vehicle fails an MOT test?

If your vehicle fails its MOT test, you will be given a failure document and advised on the next steps by your service advisor.

If the vehicle requires repairs before a retest, you must not drive it until repairs have been carried out.

Driving a vehicle after a 'dangerous' problem has been found during the MOT can result in a fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban and 3 penalty points on your driving licence.

However, if any 'minor' or 'advisory' problems are identified, you can take your vehicle away if your current MOT certificate is still valid.

Do I need to pay for an MOT retest?

If your vehicle is left at the test centre for repairs and retested within 10 working days, you will only need a partial retest which carries no fee.

However, if you take your vehicle away from the test centre for repairs and take it back within 10 working days, you can be charged a partial retest fee.

Can I book my vehicle in for an MOT before the due date?

You can book your vehicle's MOT one month (minus a day) before its due date and keep your renewal date listed on your current MOT certificate.

What is the difference between MOT and a service?

An MOT is an annual legal requirement to ensure the vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards set out by the Government.

However, it is only guaranteeing the safety of your vehicle on the day it is tested.

A service follows detailed guidance set out by the vehicle's manufacturer and can provide a long-term guarantee on the safety of your vehicle.

Vertu Motors Priority Service Plan

Priority Service Plan is the all-inclusive service package that puts you in the driving seat of your car maintenance costs.

The plan spreads the cost of servicing, parts, labour, and MOT for the next three years with manageable monthly payments, saving you up to 25% when compared to one-off servicing costs.