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Retest after Repair

MOT Retest Fee and Procedures

MOT retest procedures and fees after a repair vary depending on several key issues. Read on to check when a vehicle can have a free partial retest or get a reduced fee.

Leaving a Car for Repair after a Failed MOT

As a rule, there is no fee when you get a partial retest if:

Taking a Vehicle away to get Repaired

If the current MOT certificate is still valid you can take the vehicle away even after failing the test.

But, if the current MOT has already run out it becomes invalid. Even so, the law allows you to take the vehicle to:

In either case, the vehicle must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times to avoid a fine.

Important Information icon about MOT Test ResultsDriving a vehicle in a dangerous condition can result in a fine up to £2,500. In some cases, you can also get banned from driving and receive 3 penalty points.

Going Back the Next Working Day for MOT Retest

Taking a vehicle back to the same test centre, and before the end of the next working day, is free of charge. But, it only applies to a partial retest carried out on one or more of these listed items:

Note: Check the different class 5 vehicles on the table of vehicle classifications. It also lists the current MOT test fees.

Going Back for an MOT Retest within 10 Working Days

You can choose to take the vehicle away from the test centre to get repaired. Taking it back within ten working days means it would only need a partial retest. But, the testing centre can charge you a partial retest fee.

Note: Standard MOT rules and fees apply to all other cases. Thus, the vehicle would need a full retest and you would need to pay the cost for a full MOT test again.

Getting an MOT Retest after a Repair: Fees and Procedures