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Are you wondering how often you need to book an MOT? As a mandatory vehicle check, an MOT is designed to keep yourself and your car safe for road use. You must make an appointment before it expires to avoid any unforeseen fines and guarantee road safety for those around you.

For more information on the importance of MOT’s and vehicle servicing, and to find out how often you need to book, check out this informative overview.

MOT: The Annual Vehicle Service

A Ministry Of Transport check needs to be carried out annually if your car is over 3 years old. This means that 12 months from the date of your last mandatory service is when your current MOT expires. It’s okay to book a slot earlier than the expiry date, but you should avoid letting it lapse over the final date in order to negate potential fines.

An MOT checks all your car’s safety and emissions features, ensuring it meets road standards and doesn’t create too much pollution. This type of service does not focus on the wear and tear of internal components. So, if you’re worried about the health of your engine, or elements that don’t impact safety or emissions, then we recommend booking a standard service to investigate the problem further.

How Often Should You Service A Vehicle

An MOT and a service have different priorities, they both require you to book, but they check different features. Just because you have passed an MOT doesn’t mean your car wouldn’t benefit from additional checks. In order to keep your car in working order, we advise you service a vehicle twice annually, in addition to an MOT. A service will check components in your vehicle such as filters, compression, oil viscosity and suspension, among other things, to ensure your car stays running smoothly.

Signs That Your Vehicle Needs Servicing

There are a few tell-tale signs that your vehicle needs a service before you book an MOT. We recommend you look out for the following indicators in order to determine whether you need a vehicle health check:

  • Excessive smoke
  • Steam from beneath the bonnet
  • Grinding breaks
  • A clunking gearbox
  • Knocking sounds from the engine or suspension
  • Ignition issues such as a prolonged turnover
  • Oil stains under your vehicle
  • Overheating
  • Visible rust
  • Chips or cracks on your windscreen

Choose RS Autotechnik If You Need To Book An MOT For Your Vehicle

If you’re looking to book an MOT, get in touch with RS Autotechnik. We have a team of certified, experienced technicians to carry out all work on your vehicle to ensure it meets emissions and safety standards. Furthermore, our prices are competitive, our garage is fitted with state-of-the-art machinery and we prioritise clear communication so you’re not left without transport for too long.