After failure, fees for re-examination vary according to the following circumstances:
If your vehicle is left with the testing station for repair and re-examination up to ten days – NO FEE
If the vehicle is taken away from the testing station and returned for re-examination on other than one or more of the items listed below, then only the failed item (including any other items affected by the execution of the repair) needs to be examined by the MOT tester, for which the testing station may charge (up to) half the full test fee. Whilst this fee cannot be exceeded, the tester may conduct a full re-inspection if at the tester’s discretion it is deemed necessary.
“NO FEE” re-test items
Free re-test* items which, if failed initially, do not require the full test to be conducted if the vehicle is (pre-booked in if a test slot is available) brought back to the station and re-tested before the end of the next working day, are listed below.
It is fair to assume in most cases, if the vehicle needs to go into the workshop, be lifted on a ramp, or go on the brake tester, or cannot be checked in the car park, the free re-test will probably not apply.
*Only one free re-test is permissible per MOT.
Body condition (where the examination of the body is carried out solely for the purpose of ascertaining whether there are any sharp edges or projections likely to cause injury).
- Boot lid
- Brake pedal anti-slip devices
- Direction indicators/ hazard warning
- Van drop sides
- Fuel filler cap
- Lamps (not headlight aims)
- Loading door
- Rear reflectors
- Registration plates
- Seat belts (but not anchorage points)
- Steering wheel
- Van tailboard
- V. I. N. (chassis number)
- Windscreen wipers/ washers
- Wheels and tyres
- Tow bar (excluding body/rust around anchorage points)