The (Motor Operational Test) MOT has long existed, since 1960 to make British roads safer. According to the law, any vehicle that’s over three years old needs to take an MOT test each year in order to detect any signs of wear and tear that may make the vehicle dangerous to drive in. There are a few points worth knowing about the MOT test.
The test usually takes around 45 minutes. If your van fails the test, repairs indicated will need to be carried out in order to make it roadworthy again.
Also, if your van fails its MOT, under tough new May 2018 MOT guidelines a driver can be fined up to £2,500 and given 3 penalty points for driving a van with “dangerous” faults. These are flagged on the Police national database and are likely to cause the van to be stopped.
Dangerous faults should be fixed “there and then” or in many cases, when a van fails to clear the test, the owner may consider selling off MOT failure vans, rather than bear the costs of repair.
There are a wide range of reasons why your van could fail its annual MOT test. Some reasons may be the owner’s negligence, but failures are mainly due to wear and tear issues. It could be something fairly simple like a fused headlight bulb or brake fluid that hasn’t been topped up. As a responsible van owner, it’s up to you to ensure that these glitches are ironed out before sending the van for testing. Again, there could be a range of more serious problems like issues with the suspension, gearbox, worn out brake shoes or tyres, differential, problems with the steering or the bodywork. In a nutshell, the test is a thorough one and it’s up to you to get your van ready for it.
In the unfortunate event that your van has failed its MOT and you’re not ready to bear the repair costs, We Buy Broken Vans can help. Simply give us a call on (0121) 285 9859 and our team will arrange for your van to be towed away from the MOT test Centre, anywhere in the UK. Kindly view our free online valuation tool to get an idea of the price we could pay you. The valuation will depend upon the condition of your van, we make a fair offer based on condition and once you accept, we will make good the payment. So, if you think your van has seen better days and you’re stuck at an MOT centre with a failed van, give us a call.
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