Insurance, tax, service and MOT – there is a lot to remember for motorists. But finally, you can now receive a free MOT reminder. Find out how and where to sign-up.
Picture this. I’m driving to work on a lovely sunny day, without a care in the world. It was April and the weather had turned and my aircon was on full blast. Then for some reason, I had a little niggle in the back of my mind. From out of nowhere, I had the feeling that I had forgotten something, but I couldn’t think what. You know when you have that slight churning in the pit of your stomach, but you can’t put your finger on it.
And then it dawned on me that I had forgotten to get my MOT renewed! Not that it was a decent excuse, but the last couple of months had been very hectic and it had completely slipped my mind.
Why do I need an MOT?
The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test was introduced during the 60’s. The idea is that all cars and motorbikes are tested to see that they are roadworthy and not a death-trap. As cars and bikes have changed over the years, so has the test.
The MOT test covers the following aspects:
- Lighting and signalling equipment
- Steering (including suspension)
- Tyres and wheels
- Seat belts
- Body, structure and general items. Includes body and components such as spoilers, bumpers and mirror housings.
- Exhaust, fuel and emissions (Unless Electric)
- Driver’s view of the road
How much does an MOT cost?
The maximum price a company is allowed to charge for a car MOT is £54.85 and £29.65 for a bike. You can sometimes find special offers for cheap MOTs but these are something I personally avoid. If a company is offering you something cheaply, they will make their money back another way.
What if I don’t have an MOT?
The main concern is that your car could have a dangerous defect. The issue with most cars is that you will never know if there are any safety issues unless a competent mechanic takes a proper look.
Not having a valid MOT also invalidates your insurance. So if you have an accident, not only will you have to fork out for any repairs, you will also face prosecution from the Police.
Free MOT reminder
It looks as if the government has realised how easy it is for people to forget and have introduced a free reminder service. One month before your MOT expires, you can either be sent a text or email. And you’ll receive another reminder two weeks later if you still haven’t got it sorted.
What you need to do
Pop along to the government website.
- the vehicle’s number plate (registration number)
- a mobile phone number or email address
And if I get rid of the car?
If you sell or scrap your car, you won’t appreciate being sent a reminder every year. All you need to do is follow the simple steps below.
- following the instructions in the text message
- clicking the unsubscribe link in the email you’ve been sent
You’ll pay the cost of a standard text message to unsubscribe from text reminders.
And that’s it. No excuses for me ever forgetting to renew my MOT again! It’s quite refreshing this has been introduced, but equally worrying that there are probably large numbers of us who forget.
Or why not take a look at these 8 simple ways to reduce your car insurance costs.