When do I need an MOT on a new car?
Most vehicles - including cars, motorcycles, motor caravans and goods vehicles - will not need an MOT test until they are 3 years old.
Before this period, there is no legal obligation to have your vehicle MOT tested - but it's important to check the exact date your vehicle was registered, as three years after that, it will require an MOT test by law.
You can also find out when your MOT test is due through GOV.uk - simply enter the registration number of your vehicle. This will then prompt you to confirm your details, and bring you to an information section. This page shows a number of things, such as:
- When your current MOT certificate expires
- When your car tax is due
- The MOT history of your vehicle
- Your vehicle details
How to prepare a car for its first MOT
Looking to prepare your vehicle for its first MOT as best as possible? Some of the most common MOT fails, and actions you can complete to prevent failing, include:
- Tyres - check your vehicle's tyre pressure and tyre tread depth before your car's first MOT.
- Lights - are all your lights working correctly, including your full beams and fog lights?
- Seat belts - can all your seatbelts be easily fastened? Are any of them frayed or torn?
- Brakes - do your brakes feel at all spongey or soft? If so, it may be that your brakes need replacing.
- Windscreen wipers - do your wipers leave any marks or streaks, or make squeaking noises?
Learn more about what happens if your car fails its MOT from our detailed guide.
First MOTs with PTA
For more information about when a new car will need its first MOT, or other MOT preparation tips, get in touch with our friendly team.