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MOT Test Hartlepool


Once a car is three years old, it has to undergo an annual MOT inspection.

Is your vehicle due for an MOT test?

On this page, we would like to give you some information about the procedure. The purpose of MOT Hartlepool testing is to check the roadworthiness of your vehicle. However, if defects are found during the MOT check Hartlepool, you must have them repaired.

These are the most common questions of our customers:

  • When does my car have to have an MOT test?
  • Why does the car have to have an MOT?
  • What does the MOT test Hartlepool cost?
  • What is checked during the test?
  • What happens if I forgot to take my vehicle for an MOT test?
  • How to prepare for the MOT check Hartlepool?
  • Is there an MOT testing station near me?
  • How to pass the MOT check Hartlepool without any issues?

    About MOT

    MOT Hartlepool is required by law and is intended to prevent vehicles with safety defects.

    After the test: 

    What happens if my car does not pass the MOT?

    MOT expired? What to do

    Here the most important information about MOT.

    The purpose of MOT testing is to check the roadworthiness of your vehicle. This ensures that only safe vehicles are on the road and that there is no danger to passengers or other road users from technical defects in the car.

    When does your car have to have a general inspection?

    Your car has to be inspected every year, once it is three years old. To avoid lengthy waiting times, you should make an appointment a bit in advance. Here at Autotech Hartlepool we always do our best to accommodate all our customers at the times of their choice.

    In urgent cases, emergency appointments may be available.

    Why does your vehicle have to have an MOT test?

    MOT is required by law and is intended to prevent vehicles with safety defects from being used on the road. Another reason is environmental protection, as the exhaust emission test is included in the MOT inspection.

    How much does it cost?

    Here at Autotech Hartlepool, a Class 4 MOT test costs £40 and class a 7 MOT £55.

    What is checked during the test?

    During an MOT test, the condition and functions of most components of the vehicle are examined. This includes the following categories:

    • Brakes
    • Steering
    • Visibility
    • Lights
    • Electrics
    • Axles
    • Chassis and bodywork
    • Tyres (incl. spare tyre)
    • Exhaust system
    • Fuel/gas system and

    Additional equipment (like First Aid Kit etc.)

    You can find a complete list of all inspection points on the DVLA website.

    What happens if you have missed your MOT?

    If a police check reveals that you have exceeded the MOT inspection deadline, it can have serious consequences, including a hefty fine.

    Will my insurance pay in the event of an accident if the MOT is overdue?

    The simple answer is NO.

    How to prepare for an MOT Check Hartlepool

    There are a few things you can do to influence the results of an MOT test.

    Take your vehicle for regular servicing - interim service every six months or 6000 miles/full service every 12 months or 12000 miles.

    We at Autotech Hartlepool Ltd. also offer a Pre-MOT check.

    If we find any faults, such as lights that don't work etc., you can have them repaired/replaced before the test. You can also have insufficient oil or coolant levels, low tyre pressure or insufficient tread depth corrected beforehand. We also make sure that you have a warning triangle, warning vest and first-aid kit in your car.

    If your car passes the general inspection without any problems, you can be happy - now you have peace of mind for one year. However, if defects are found during the MOT test, you must have them repaired.

    Please note: Not all defects result in an MOT failure.

    For some defects, you will receive a so-called Advisory note in which the MOT tester informs you about parts of the vehicle you should

    keep an eye on, and get repaired in case it gets worse.

    Faults classified as Minor mean the vehicle has still passed the MOT test, but there were issues found that need fixing asap as they could otherwise get worse and cause problems.

    For more details, please have a look at the GOV.UK [1] website.

    What happens if your car doesn't pass the MOT?

    The inspector will write the defects found in the inspection report, and they must be repaired within ten working days. You will then have

    To present the vehicle to the testing station again for a partial re-test.

    In case your old MOT certificate has already expired, you are not allowed to drive the vehicle in the meantime.

    We hope you found our MOT information page helpful.

    If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    If you would like to book an MOT test Hartlepool with us, you can do so directly via our website, over the phone or directly at our workshop.

    Our team will always be happy to help.

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