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Published on February 7th, 2011 | by Pete


MOT Impartiality can save you money

It will soon be that time of year where my car needs its annual MOT, and I begin to lose the feeling in my fingers because I’m crossing them so hard. I doubt I’m alone in this phenomenon, as every year millions of us will go through the same process of handing our runarounds over to other people, and praying that the news they give us a couple of hours later does not ruin our day or month or year.

So what steps can we take to try and ensure that we minimise potential costs related to MOTs? Well, there are a couple of things that I have found to be helpful in the past.  Firstly, I save for the cost of the MOT, and spread it over the year. As part of my monthly savings, I save £4.50 towards the cost of my MOT, meaning that when it does come around, I have the money ready and available to pay for the test.

A second step I have found to be helpful, has been using council run MOT stations. Council stations will normally charge the full cost (about £55) whereas private garages and companies will offer discounted prices (in the hope of enticing you in and then making money out of any repair work). As council run stations generally don’t do maintenance work, there is no incentive for them to ‘identify’ faults with your car that would cause it to fail an MOT. You can find council run MOT centres by either contacting your local council, or using very helpful websites, such as

So, what are you waiting for? And keep your fingers crossed that the Petemobile passes!

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