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In the United Kingdom, all vehicles that are older than three years are required by law to have an MOT. This is an annual test to ensure that all vehicles that are driven on public roads are road-worthy. They are tested for safety and emissions in particular.

You cannot drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out and you can be prosecuted if caught!


You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

As Dagenham and Ockendon's premier MOT Station, A1 Autocentre can MOT your vehicle for you and will offer any advice to make sure your vehicle passes! 

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My Car passed its MOT, Doesn't

that mean its save to drive for another year?

Not Exactly! This is a very common question which we thought we should answer here..


Athough a legal requirement, An MOT is a rather basic check of your vehicle on the day of testing for anything obviously broken.


When an MOT is carried out, nothing is allowed to be stripped down.  An MOT tester cannot remove your wheels to check your vehicles brake system, on some vehicles you cannot see these and DVSA's rule of thumb is 'If you cannot see it, you cannot test it!'

There are other components and fluids that cannot be checked on an MOT like the level & quality of your vehicles brake fluid!

This is a few reasons why an MOT should not be considered a replacement for a vehicle service! An MOT is just a basic visual check with no stripping parts or fluid testing / Top ups.

It is always advised and most of our customers book their MOT and annual service at the same time for both convenience and to make sure their family are safe on the road.

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At A1 Autocentre we love to look after our customers, so let us remember your important vehicle dates for you with a FREE MOT AND SERVICE REMINDER


When is my MOT Due?

An MOT is due each year if your vehicle is on the road.

If your unsure what date this is then Send us your vehicle details by clicking on the link above 'HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A MOT' and we will find out when your MOT is due for you



What happens if my car fails its MOT?

In the unlikely event your vehicle fails the MOT, you have 10 working days for a FREE retest.

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Can you Collect my Vehicle for its MOT?

We know how hard it is to find time to do everything you need to do, that is why we offer a FREE collection service for your vehicle direct from your home or workplace.


A vehicle can fail an MOT for a number of reasons, Check out A1 Autocentre's tips to make sure that your car is in the best possible condition by the time your

MOT is due!

What to do if you have a Child Seat in your vehicle and will it pass an MOT?

Ready To Book your next MOT? Call us Now!

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