You’ve dropped your car off for its MOT and awaiting that phone call to pick it up. But what if your car actually has a lot of problems and ends up failing its MOT? Don’t panic, we’ve got some advice on what to do if you’re unfortunate enough to be in the situation.
The legal bit
If your car fails its MOT you are entitled to leave your car at the centre overnight for it to have repairs the next day (that’s if they do repairs). The test centre will issue you with a certificate to say that your car is exempt from driving and a list of the reasons why it failed.
Your job is to sort these repairs before having the MOT redone.
If your car centre doesn’t carry out repairs themselves then you are entitled to drive your car away to have it repaired within one day. Any longer and it’s a safety issue.
If you feel that your car shouldn’t have failed its MOT then the best thing to do is speak to the centre directly. They should have a complaints system in place (probably a form) and you can sort out any issues with them.
Can you still drive?
It’s illegal to drive your car if your MOT certificate is used up but it is not illegal if there’s still time left on it. It’s worth knowing though that even if your car is in date, a failed MOT is not covered by insurance providers so any faults/ incidents that occur after a failed MOT won’t be covered.