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The first thing to remember if your car fails an MOT is that you can continue driving the car if the old MOT is still valid, providing the car is in a road worthy state.

When it comes to retests, there are a number of rules that apply and will affect whether a retest will be free, cost you a partial retest fee or a full test fee.

Note: Only one partial retest can be made per MOT. If your vehicle fails the retest, a full fee will be payable when repairs are completed and the vehcile is returned for a new test.

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NO FEE: If you leave your vehicle at the testing station for repair and it is retested within 10 working days after it fails, then only a partial retest is required and no fee may be charged.

PARTIAL FEE: If the vehicle is taken away from the testing station for repair and brought back for a retest within 10 working days after failing the test, then only a partial retest is required and a partial retest fee can be charged.


If you car fails for one of the items listed below, a full re-test is not required and you can bring it back for a free retest by the end of the next working day. (If it fails on a Friday, you can bring it back on Monday) The only exception to this, is if the testing garage has changed owners.

  • ABS warning light
  • Bonnet
  • Bootlid
  • Brake pedal antislip – i.e. the pedal rubbers are worn through or missing
  • Direction indicators – front, rear or side indicators
  • Doors
  • Dropsides
  • Emissions
  • Fuel filler cap – rubber seal on cap split or perished
  • Hazard warning – bulb out or circuit / switch problem
  • Headlamp aim – lights aimed to high / low etc
  • Horn – not working or illegal type (air horn / musical horn)
  • Lamps – compulsory vehicle lights, i.e. reverse, brakes etc
  • Loading door -
  • Mirrors – cracked, missing, badly secured
  • Rear reflectors – missing or damaged
  • Registration plates – cracked, letters evenly spaced, standard lettering
  • Seat belts i.e. frayed belts
  • Seats – securely bolted down
  • Sharp edges – bodywork of the car that may cause injury to a pedestrial
  • Steering wheel -
  • Tailboard
  • Tailgate
  • VIN
  • Windscreen & glass
  • Wipers and washers
  • Wheels & tyres

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