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What To Do If Your Vehicle Fails Its MOT Test

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Failing your MOT test can be a distressing experience. It not only means that your car isn’t legally fit to drive but also that you need to have it repaired.

Don’t worry.

Failing to pass your MOT test is as much of an opportunity as it is a problem. The repairs are necessary for your vehicle’s maintenance, your safety, and the safety of those around you.

Read on for our guide on what you need to do if you fail your MOT test:

Step 1: Read Your MOT Test Report

After you are told it failed, the first thing you should do is ask for a copy of the MOT test report. This report will be given to you by the testing body that received your vehicle. It will explain exactly why your car failed its test and what needs to be done about it.

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Step 2: Get A Quote For Repairs

Now that you know what went wrong with your vehicle, your next step should be to find out how to repair it. Get a quote for repairs from a trustworthy garage, preferably one licenced for MOT tests. They will provide you will an estimate as to how much these repairs will cost.

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Step 3: Get Your Car Repaired

After you’ve got your quote, it’s time to move ahead. Bring your car in for the repairs it needs in order to make it legally roadworthy.

There are a number of ways that you can transport your car in for repairs:

  • Repairing your car with the same garage that tested your car means there’s no need to transport it at all.
  • You can drive if your current MOT certificate is still valid and no ‘dangerous’ problems were listed in the MOT.
  • Otherwise, you will have to have your car transported.
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Step 4: Get Your Vehicle Re-Tested

It’s time to have your car retested after you’ve done the necessary repairs. You may return it to the same or a different testing facility. Darglen Motors provides MOT testing and can ensure that your car meets the necessary standards.

Once you have completed your car’s repairs, it’s time for a retest. You can have this done immediately after repairs, or done at a different garage as per preference.

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Step 5: Your New MOT

Your vehicle should now have passed its MOT test. Congratulations! Your car is once again legally roadworthy. More than that, your repairs will have preserved your car’s lifespan and protected your safety and the safety of others.

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Contact Us

At Darglen Motors, we know how frustrating it can be to fail an MOT test. But, don’t worry. Our team of trained technicians, backed by years of industry experience, are here to help. We offer full repair and MOT testing services, allowing us to take your car from its failed MOT all the way back to passing with flying colours.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule repairs and an MOT test.


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