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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #11

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring.

This week we’re looking at your MOT. There’s a time to take your car for your MOT and if you time it just right you can significantly reduce the cost of motoring.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #11 – Time your MOT just right

Book Theory Test Today says: “MOTs are actually relatively affordable; it’s MOT failure that radically increases the cost of motoring. Whether you’re driving an old banger or a Ferrari, your motor needs an MOT, and that applies once your car is three years old (four in Northern Ireland) and then every 12 months afterwards. So, here are some top tips to help you save money on the MOT.”

First things first, secure a test date exactly one month prior to the expiration date of your current certificate. Do this and your new certificate will expire exactly 12 months after the old one ends (the earliest time you can do this can be found printed on your MOT test certificate).

If you get your vehicle tested more than a month prior to the due date of the MOT, it will expire exactly one year later. This means that you lose out, adding to the cost of motoring.

Book Theory Test Today says: “To cut the cost of motoring when it comes to MOTs, always book your test in advance if your current certificate has expired. If your vehicle is out of certification, you can drive it to a test centre provided you have a test appointment.”

Should your motor fail the test, you are permitted to drive the vehicle away from the test centre in order to take it to a repair centre. Once repaired the vehicle would require a retest and must meet a required standard. Driving away at this point without a valid MOT certificate will result in a hefty fine.

Prior to an MOT test, it’s worth carrying out your own DIY test to deal with simple problems that so often result in an MOT failure. Something as simple as changing a dead headlight bulb could be the difference between a pass and a fail and ultimately it could cut the cost of motoring for you!

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