The garage performing the test will issue you with an MOT test certificate, which will note the date the test was performed and when the next one is due.
Also, the mileage of your car will be recorded. If there are any minor mechanical issues you should know about – such as tyres that will need replacing soon once the tread depth is below the legal requirement – these will be listed as ‘advisories’.
How to check a used car’s MOT status.
Go online and use the gov.uk’s vehicle enquiry tool to enter the vehicle registration number.
Once done, the tool will then tell you if your vehicle has a valid MOT or is registered as being stored off the road (SORN).
Can I drive a car without an MOT?
The only time you’re allowed to drive a car without an MOT is when you’re taking it to the garage where the test has been booked. At any other time, it’s against the law.
What to do if a car fails its MOT?
So long as there is still time remaining on the existing MOT and nothing was judged to be a ‘dangerous’ fault on the vehicle, you can drive home even after an MOT failure.
Alternatively, you could leave the car with the garage to have the fault rectified that led to the MOT failure.