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Changes are coming to the MOT

26 February 2018 / Martin Dunne

Are you ready for the changes to the MOT?

This year the MOT will get tougher to ensure that cars on the road are safer. The changes, which come into force on 20th May 2018, include new defect categories, are more stringent, cover more parts and include tougher emissions tests for diesel cars.

Ultimately the MOT has remained the same since 1967 when new cars were exempt from the test for the first three years. The changes will also mean that cars over 40 years old are not required to have an MOT.

Check here to see when your tax and MOT are due.

New Defect Categories

There are 3 new categories to be applied to defects found during the MOT – Minor, Major and Dangerous. Your car will only fail its MOT if there are Major or Dangerous defects found. There are no longer advisories, they have essentially been replaced by minor faults which will be recorded on your MOT certificate in the same way that advisories are currently recorded.

In addition to the checks that currently take place the test will be expanded with the addition many new checks including reverse lights and brake discs, both of which aren’t currently on the MOT but would very likely be identified by reputable garage who would make you aware of any issues outside of the MOT.

Maximise your chances of passing your MOT with our pre-MOT checklist.

MOTs in Bedford and Leighton Buzzard

At Motorcare we are gearing up for the changes and will continue to offer MOTs at £35 in Bedford and Leighton Buzzard. So, if you need an MOT, either before or after the changes come into effect, give us a call or book online

£35 MOT at Motorcare

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Leighton Buzzard MOT & Service Centre
01525 372121

45 Lake Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1RS

Bedford MoT & Service Centre
01234 328477

52-60 Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AB

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