MOT Re-test

If your vehicle fails it's MOT Test...      

Should the vehicle fail, you will be issued with a VT3O Certificate stating the items causing the failure of the MOT test. Make sure that you are clear as to what rectification is required for a pass to be issued. In certain cases expert or special services may be required regarding emissions or welding.

There is no set time limit before a retest and it is at the discretion of the individual. Remember - a car that does not have as current MOT Certificate is not allowed to be used on the road except when going for repairs for an MOT test, or to a prearranged MOT test.

MOT Retest Procedures and Fees...

If your vehicle fails it's MOT test and is left at the station it was originally tested in to be repaired, then no additional fee is charged for a retest. This is known as a Partial Re-Examination or Partial Retest.

Free Retest Items

If the failed vehicle is taken away but then brought back to the same test station and retested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only then no fee is charged for a retest:

Partial Re-Examination Items - (No Additional Fee)

Bonnet

 

Bootlid

 

Brake Pedal Antislip

 

Direction Indicators

 

Doors

 

Dropsides

Fuel Filler Cap

 

Hazard Warning

 

Horn

 

Lamps (excluding headlamp aim)

Seatbelts (excluding

body around anchorage

points)

Towbars (excluding

body around anchorage

points)

Rear Reflectors

 

Registration Plates

 

Mirrors

 

Seats

 

Sharp Edges or

Projections

Steering Wheel

 

Tailboard

 

Tailgate

 

Loading Door

 

VIN

 

Windscreen and Glass

 

Windscreen Wipers

 

Windscreen Washers

 

Wheels and Tyres

 

 

If Your Vehicle Fails Due to Other Items 

If the vehicle is left at the MOT testing station for repair and is retested before the end of 10 working days following the day of failure, then only a partial retest is needed for which no fee is charged.

If the vehicle is removed from the testing station for repair and returned for retest within 10 working days following the day of failure, then only a partial retest is needed and a partial retest fee is charged. This fee is currently 1/2 price of full test.

In any other case a full retest is required and the full MOT test fee will be charged.

Only one free partial retest is permissible per full examination.

How to Get a Free MOT Retest

Your re-test will only be free if the vehicle is left with the original MOT testing station for repair and then a partial re-test is carried out within 10 working days of the original MOT test.

So if you bring your car in to your testing station for an MOT and it fails on item(s) that are not in the list above – in the blue box – and you take the vehicle away and either fix it yourself or get another garage to fix it you will need to bring it back for a partial re-test within 10 working days to get the partial re-test fee which is half the full test fee.

If you bring it back to the original MOT testing station outside of 10 working days then the station will have to perform a complete MOT test and will charge the full MOT fee.

If you leave your vehicle with your MOT testing station to repair and re-test within 10 working days then only a partial retest will be necessary and this will be free.

A partial retest is where only the items that you vehicle failed on during the full MOT test are examined.

If your vehicle fails on the partial re-test then the vehicle will have to have a full MOT test when you bring it back again and the full fee will be charged.

These charges and the application of them is governed by VOSA - the vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

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