Am I due an MOT & service?

24 January 2020 / raj@smarter-media.co.uk

When it comes to running a vehicle, there are lots of things to sort out. Two of the major issues to pay attention to are servicing and MOT. Many drivers find this a confusing area - not only in terms of what they both involve, but also when you should have them done. The good news is that this need not be the case. As the below shows, it is quite straightforward with the right information.

When do you need an MOT?

The Ministry of Transport (or MOT for short) test is required every 12 months under UK law. An MOT will see an authorised garage with testing status inspect your vehicle for general roadworthiness and safety. It is a strict legal requirement in the UK and you can be fined or prosecuted for not having an up to date MOT certificate. The only exception is new vehicles under 3 years old which do not need an MOT.

When should you have a service?

Many people confuse a service and MOT but they are different. The key thing to note is that a service is not required under UK law - it is just a very good idea! Getting your vehicle regularly serviced will keep it in top condition and prevent any breakdowns. It is generally advised for most road users to have a service done every 12 months but it is worth double-checking your manufacturer's handbook to be sure. The only road users who could need it more often are those who do a lot of miles. In these cases, it is often wise to have a service every 6,000 miles.

Combining your MOT and service makes sense

Of course, the most sensible thing for the average road user to do is to have a service and MOT done at the same time. As both are normally needed every 12 months then this saves time and hassle. Having your service done before your MOT can also make sure your vehicle is in good enough condition to pass when tested. If you live in the Swindon area, get in touch with AutoMax today on 01793 979034 to book your MOT and service in.