MOT Misconceptions

When it’s time for your vehicle to have its annual MOT, you can be left feeling a little anxious. We all rely so heavily on our vehicles to get us about that the thought of being without it or expensive repairs can leave us with knots in our stomachs. What is also very unhelpful is being told information about the process that you later find to be untrue. There are many misconceptions still flying around about MOTs. So that you can feel more confident about what happens during a test and have a better understanding of whether your vehicle will pass, here are some of those misconceptions: 

Your vehicle doesn’t need insurance to get to the garage for the MOT 

Every vehicle on the road needs insurance and driving anywhere without valid insurance is illegal. Taking your vehicle to and from an MOT is no exception to this rule, unless it is being taken to the test on the back of a vehicle transporter. For an MOT Gloucester, visit

Repairs must be completed immediately 

Most drivers assume that any work that needs doing must be carried out straight away and at the garage that provided the test. If your old MOT is still valid, then you can take your vehicle away and on to any other garage of your choice for the repairs. Unless the result of the MOT was that your car is completely unroadworthy of course. Also, if the vehicle is deemed unsafe, then you do need to have the repairs done on-site at the same garage. Alternatively, you’ll need to hire a transporter to move it to another garage of your choice.

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An adequate spare tyre is essential 

Many drivers are concerned that their spare tyre will be classed as illegal, resulting in a failed MOT. The truth is that you don’t need a spare tyre at all to pass the test. It is recommended to have one, but certainly not compulsory.

Front fog lights must be working 

You might be surprised to learn that front fog lights are not legally required. That is why you won’t find them fitted to every vehicle. If you do have front fog lights and one bulb is non-working, it won’t affect the test result. Rear ones, however, must be in working condition.

A non-working reverse light is an MOT fail 

In actual fact, the reverse lights don’t form part of the legal requirements of an MOT test. However, for the safety of other road users and to make your reversing easier, especially when reversing up to a wall or another object, you might want to replace the bulb.

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