For new drivers, there are so many things that you need to be aware of, and one of those issues would concern the MOT. More to the point, it is important to know when your car will first need an MOT, as well as understanding exactly what an MOT involves. That is what we specialise in here at Belmont MOT and Service Station, so we will delve into these points in this article.

What Does An MOT Involve?

An MOT is a test that was certified by the Ministry Of Transport (hence the name); the Ministry actually no longer exists, but the MOT continues to this day and is the test designed to ensure that a car meets the national standards required for a vehicle to be deemed suitable to go out on the road. In an MOT, any problems that the vehicle has which either hinder the driving experience somewhat or prevent it from being safe for any usage are identified, and they have to be resolved (they can sometimes be fixed by a mechanic at the time) for the car to be passed.

When Is The First MOT Required?

Your car will not require an MOT right away, though. It will be three years on from when you have bought the vehicle that you will be responsible for ensuring that it completes its first MOT test. More than likely, if you are not experiencing any issues with your car beforehand, then it should pass its first MOT with flying colours, but it is also possible that some unknown problems may be identified which will ensure that your car is inspected thoroughly, with these potential setbacks nipped in the bud before they become serious, allowing you to then safely resume driving the motor.

When Are Subsequent MOTs Required?

After your car has passed its first MOT, you will receive an MOT certificate that covers you for the next twelve months. Therefore, this means that you will need to ensure that your car has another MOT within that one-year window. Many drivers look to wait until the final few weeks to maximise the time period, but others prefer to undergo MOTs more often to fix any nagging flaws with the motor. Either way, all subsequent MOTs must be carried out every twelve months, and its’s worth remembering that the older the car gets and the more usage the car takes on, the more likely it is that an MOT will become a high priority to make sure your vehicle is still suitable for driving.

You can find out more about the first MOT and subsequent MOT tests for your car, as well as learning when you can arrange an MOT here at Belmont MOT and Service Station, by visiting