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How long does an MOT take?

We all know that we need an MOT test, but not everything is so clear. For example, what’s happens during an MOT test and when is your first MOT due? Well, here at Hares Servicing and Repairs, we believe it’s important to keep our customers well informed about all aspects of their MOT test. That’s why we’ve created this MOT guide which answers the most important questions.

How long does an MOT test take?

We always estimate that our MOT tests will take between 45 minutes and an hour, with a certain amount of flexibility each way. This allows a thorough inspection, but also doesn’t impact your day too much. To help you avoid travelling to and from the garage unnecessarily, we offer an ‘MOT while you wait’ scheme. Our onsite waiting room has free WIFI and refreshments – so why not enjoy a cuppa while we MOT your car? You’re able to watch our expert mechanics work before collecting your car rather than taking the time to go all the way home before receiving a call and heading straight back to the garage.

What we do during this time

We complete a lot of tests during this hour. During your MOT in Littlehampton, our mechanics check your lights, horn, steering, suspension, brake, tyres and wheels, to name just a few. This thorough inspection leaves you in no doubt about the quality and roadworthiness of your car for the year ahead.

If we find anything that doesn’t meet our standards, we offer MOT repairs as well. This high-quality work takes more time because we want to ensure your car won’t let you down after it leaves our garage. As always, we’ll let you know about anything we need to complete and a rough estimate of how long it will take.

What does MOT stand for?

It simply stands for Ministry of Transport, so its full name is a Ministry of Transport Test.

The Ministry of Transport was created in the 1960’s to deal with lesser quality cars endangering drivers on the road and the MOT test soon expanded to cover a wide range of vehicles. Nowadays, nearly every vehicle requires an MOT test every year – but which ones do and don’t?

When is my first MOT due?

Your first MOT is due as soon as your car turns three years old. You can book an MOT before this but, due to the quality of modern cars, while yours is under warranty it is not required. However, three years is deemed the threshold for some components to start deteriorating dangerously and so require a thorough check.

With this information in mind, is it time for your MOT test? If you think the answer is yes, be sure to book with Hares Servicing and Repairs in Littlehampton today. Our online booking tool is just as easy to use as the rest of our MOT process and offers the smoothest service around.