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:
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.
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, is free of charge. But, it only applies to a partial retest carried out on one or more of these listed items:
Access panels Battery
Brake pedal antislip
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)
Entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
Fuel filler cap
Headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (where
headlamp alignment check is not needed) Horn
headlamp aim) Loading door
Main beam 'tell-tale'
Seatbelts (not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter, and seatbelt pre-tensioner Seats
Sharp edges or projections
Stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
Trailer electrical sockets
Towbars (excluding body around anchorage points) Tyre pressure monitoring system
Vehicle identification number (VIN) Windscreen glass, wipers, and washers
Wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)
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
Last Updated 2018