All MOT test stations must work to VOSA rules for MOT retests.
MOT retest rules are fairly complicated and very boring .. but let us set the scene for you as regards when you can and cannot get a FREE retest.
The first rule is that once a car has failed its MOT the period for repair and retest is 10 working days after the initial day of test, so long as the car is repaired and registered for a retest before the end of 10 working days then the computerised MOT test system that we all use will allow us to register and carry out the retest.
The second rule is that as an MOT bay some items can be retested very quickly and some items require measured testing.
- if your car fails on 1 tyre; then a replaced tyre is easy to spot and a ‘fast track’ MOT retest can be done , taking only a minute or 2 for the MOT tester and not attracting a retest fee
- Or another example ; your car has failed its MOT test on headlamp aims, emissions, and brakes; in this case the car must be registered with VOSA for a partial retest and brought into the MOT bay, then an emissions test done, a light check done and a full brake test. This work takes an amount of time, and will usually attract a retest fee.
So whilst we, and almost every MOT testing station, advertise and offer FREE retests this is rather dependant on when your car is presented for test and what the car failed upon.
IMPORTANTLY – if your car fails its MOT test with us and is subsequently repaired by us then we will always conduct your retest FREE, that is our thanks to you for choosing to use our workshops.
If you need further clarification then here is a list of the free retest items ( if your car fails on any of these then a fast track retest can be conducted )
- ABS SYSTEM
- BODY CONDITION
- BOOT LID
- BRAKE PEDAL ANTI-SLIP
- DIRECTION INDICATORS
- HAZARD WARNING
- FUEL FILLER CAP
- HEADLAMP AIM
- LOADING DOOR
- REAR REFLECTORS
- NUMBER PLATES
- SEAT BELTS
- STEERING WHEEL
- V. I. N.
- WIPERS/ WASHERS
- WHEEL & TYRES
MOT Booking form