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:
The vehicle stays at the test centre for the repairs.
The vehicle gets retested within ten (10) working days.
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:
Get the failed defects repaired or replaced.
Another pre-arranged MOT test appointment.
In either case, the vehicle must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times to avoid a fine. You must check your vehicle is safe to drive even if it has a current MOT certificate.
Driving 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, would get a free MOT retest. But, the waiver of a partial retest fee only applies if carried out on one or more of these listed car parts:
Brake pedal anti slip
Break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
Doors (including hinges, catches, and pillars)
Door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
Emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
Entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
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.
MOT Retest Rules after a Repair: Current Fees and Procedures