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Old 11th Jun 2021, 13:26
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MOT renewal

Last year my wife's car was 3 years old on 15th June. The car was serviced and MOT on 10th June.
I now find the MOT expired on 9th June with service and MOT due next week.
I thought 30 days before were allowed to avoid the renewal date creeping forward each year.
My wife is now moaning as I said better not drive before the MOT is renewed next week!
I am not too worried - but was the garage incorrect in recording the date for renewal?
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 13:32
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Originally Posted by Mike6567 View Post
Last year my wife's car was 3 years old on 15th June. The car was serviced and MOT on 10th June.
I now find the MOT expired on 9th June with service and MOT due next week.
I thought 30 days before were allowed to avoid the renewal date creeping forward each year.
My wife is now moaning as I said better not drive before the MOT is renewed next week!
I am not too worried - but was the garage incorrect in recording the date for renewal?
You could have insisted at the time that they date the MOT from the 15th June. But now it's a bit late. You can MOT test up to 30 days before the due date and get it dated from the due date - so the date does not creep. You are now uninsured for any journey other than to a garage where an MOT test is pre-booked. I have been caught out similarly, but the onus is on the vehicle owner to check the date on the certificate before leaving the garage.
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 13:54
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AND DO NOT MOT IT MORE THAN 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE as you then only get 12 months from the date of MOT.

Really galling last year, MOTs got extended due panic (oops, sorry panDEMic). I decided to do mine at the usual time so as to avoid the rush when everyone's expired at the end of the extension period, only to find I didn't get the usual 13 months, only 12, so lost about a month's worth. If I'd realised I could have done it later in the free period and gained a few months.
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 15:18
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Originally Posted by Dont Hang Up View Post
You could have insisted at the time that they date the MOT from the 15th June. But now it's a bit late. You can MOT test up to 30 days before the due date and get it dated from the due date - so the date does not creep. You are now uninsured for any journey other than to a garage where an MOT test is pre-booked. I have been caught out similarly, but the onus is on the vehicle owner to check the date on the certificate before leaving the garage.
Yes I should have checked as I assumed it would run from the 3 year old date (15th June). I did check with the service people earlier today and they started talking about the COVID extension etc and gather they dated expiry 12 months after the the date of test. I lost interest and told my wife not to use her car till after the "pickup and service plus MOT" date. No great inconvenience.
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 17:29
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I seem to remember a couple of years back my car approached it's third anniversary of registration say 20 June but the garage it was brought from new messaged us the MOT was due 10 June.
I checked and although it was registered to me on 20 June it was first driven on the road on trade plates on 10 June on delivery and as such that was the MOT date
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 19:04
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Originally Posted by Dont Hang Up View Post
You could have insisted at the time that they date the MOT from the 15th June. But now it's a bit late. You can MOT test up to 30 days before the due date and get it dated from the due date - so the date does not creep. You are now uninsured for any journey other than to a garage where an MOT test is pre-booked. I have been caught out similarly, but the onus is on the vehicle owner to check the date on the certificate before leaving the garage.
That's incorrect.
Lack of an MOT on a vehicle that it's needed for does not generally have any effect on whether or not insurance is valid.
If a vehicle without a valid MOT is written off then the payout can be lower to take into account the reduced value and if an accident is caused by an unroadworthy vehicle which doesn't have an MOT, the insurers can reclaim any costs from the policyholder but what they can't do is to void the insurance policy.

This has been confirmed by the Financial Ombudsman on more than one occasion:
Decision Reference DRN4756234 (financial-ombudsman.org.uk)
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Old 11th Jun 2021, 20:48
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It's useful having a helpful local garage - ours, run by an 'old boy' (look who's talking !), his son and d.i.l. advised taking advantage of the 6 month extension and provided reassurance on the revised later renewal. Only averaging about 3K km a year nowadays, so really, quite sensible.
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