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UNDER THE HOOD How early can you get a car MOT?

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A MOT is an annual inspection you need to keep your car on the road and it’s illegal to drive without a MOT.

But how early can you get yours and how much does it cost? Here’s everything you need to know.

Any car owner will tell you that owning a vehicle is a big commitment and requires a lot of organization to ensure your vehicle is insured and roadworthy.

It is extremely important that you have an up-to-date MOT and it is important that you fill it out when required.

You are allowed to get an MOT up to one month before expiry – minus one day – and keep your renewal date.

It is possible to get it earlier, but the renewal date for the following year changes to one year (minus one day) from the date the MOT was last passed.

A TÜV lasts for one year.

If you want to check when yours expired, the date will be printed on your current TÜV certificate.

When vehicles need the first MOT and how much the inspection costs varies.

You cannot drive or park your car on the street if the MOT has expired.

Anyone caught doing so will be prosecuted.

There is a cap on what inspection bodies can charge to perform an MOT, although the price varies by vehicle type.

The maximum for a car is £54.85, while the maximum for a standard motorcycle is £29.65.

You do not have to pay VAT on this payment.

It’s a very modest sum compared to the fine you can get for driving without a valid MOT.

Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without one, so be aware of when it needs to be renewed to avoid a hefty fine.

Here’s a full breakdown of costs and requirements for different vehicle types:

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