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Importance of the MOT Test

Importance of the MOT test - Why Does Your Vehicle Need One?

If you own a car or any other vehicle, you’ll know that the vehicle is required to go through an MOT test every year. This applies to cars, motorcycles, goods vehicles and many more vehicle types. The MOT test, also known as the Ministry of Transport test, ensures that vehicles are safe to drive and are road worthy.

The MOT test was first introduced in the 1960s and has been expanded many times over the years that it has been in place. For example, one of the first items that were brought into place for MOT testing back in the sixties was a tyre check. Nowadays, the test is much more complex and a range of different elements of the vehicle are checked. The test includes checks on the brakes, suspension, lights, bodywork and much more. It is designed to ensure that your car is roadworthy and safe to drive, to prevent any accidents or breakdowns.

Over 20,000 local car garages throughout Great Britain are authorised to perform and validate MOT tests, with Freeway being one of them! You must ensure that your local garage is authorised by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) to make sure that your MOT is valid and is being carried out by an authorised garage.

If you are unsure as to whether your vehicle or another vehicle is due an MOT test, you can find out by entering your vehicle registration on the Government website. Your vehicle must be tested every year once it has turned 3 years old. If you are found to be driving a vehicle that does not have a valid MOT then you can potentially be fined up to £1000, so we would always advise customers to keep a note of when their next MOT is due. 

Importance of the MOT test

Booking an MOT at Freeway

We would advise that you book your MOT test in advance, to ensure that you have it sorted and ready for when the day comes around. Our MOT tests last around 45 minutes, depending on the vehicle, and we will always provide you with honest feedback. 

At Freeway, we perform MOT checks on all Class 4 vehicles and can also perform most vehicle repairs. If your vehicle fails the MOT test, the necessary steps must be taken to correct this. Repairs will be carried out after your MOT test to make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive on the road. You will receive a free retest within 14 days if the repairs have been carried out at our centre.

If you usually struggle to remember to book your MOT and would like a reminder, we offer an MOT reminder service. All you have to do is fill out the form and we will contact you with a reminder when your MOT is coming up. You can then contact us back and book in your MOT test promptly, with no delays.

As the leading MOT centre in Tunbridge Wells, we go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are happy. We will never falsely advise you to get something fixed or charge you unnecessary prices for our services. Our team will speak with you about your vehicle, make a fair judgement on what is required and provide you with a fair and competitive price for the work.

If your MOT is due soon or you wish to book in advance, please get in touch with our team at Freeway! Call today on 01892 520022 or send us a message via email to We will book your vehicle in at a time that best suits you and answer any queries that you may have about your vehicle or our services.

Written on 14th September 2018

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