How Much Is An MOT?

Unlike other services offered by garages, the maximum cost of an MOT is set by the DVLA and it depends upon the type of vehicle that’s being tested. As all cars that are three years or older require an MOT, it’s in your interest to ensure that you aren’t paying too much.

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How Much Is An MOT
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MOTs can be a costly experience for some cars but this isn’t because of the actual cost of an MOT, it’s more due to the fact that there could be expensive repair bills if any major or dangerous defects are found. However, as the prices of most things are increasing, you may be wondering how much an MOT costs and below we discuss the cost in detail.

How Much Does An MOT Cost?

The cost of an MOT for a car varies from £35 to £54.85 but there are occasions where national garages offer reduced rates as part of a package. The reason the maximum cost is so exact (£54.85) is because there is a maximum amount test stations can charge. The current maximum amount of £54.85 is set by the DVLA and it varies depending upon the type of vehicle it is. For example, below are the maximum costs of MOTs for the most popular vehicle types:

  • Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) – £54.85
  • Private passenger vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) – £57.30
  • Class 4 vehicles – £64.00
  • Private passenger vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) – £80.65
  • Motorcycles – £29.65

You can find the full list of maximum MOT costs per vehicle type on the DVLA’s website.

Although the above prices are the maximum garages can charge, the majority of garages tend to offer a discounted rate (£40 to £45 is very common) to encourage people to visit their garage.

How Much Is An MOT Retest?

If your car has failed its MOT but the garage is willing to fix the issue, there is usually no fee to pay for the MOT retest. This is because as long as the retest is within 10 working days, the car only requires a partial test (focusing on the failure) and not a full MOT. You can even take the car away from the MOT garage to get it repaired elsewhere if required too.

Although there is usually no fee for a retest, it does depend upon the garage. For example, if you took the car elsewhere for repair, the garage may charge a small fee for the partial test in order to cover their time. However, as the partial retest only focuses on the dangerous and/or major defects, it takes far less time to complete.

How Do Garages Make Money From MOTs?

As there is a maximum price that garages can charge for an MOT, you may be wondering how they actually make money from MOTs. After all, they need to pay for their staff as well as the overheads of running the garage and equipment such as emission testers, car ramps and other equipment that’s required for the MOT.

However, garages that offer the service treat MOTs as a “loss leader“. This means that although they won’t make much money from the MOT, they’ll make up for it from the repairs they carry out.

For example, if your car has failed its MOT and you can’t drive it away, it’s easier to get it repaired at the same garage that inspected your car. Therefore, the garage can become far more profitable from the repairs due to the convenience required by the customer because they simply just want their car to pass its MOT.


When it comes to an MOT, we always recommend taking your car to a reputable garage that you trust. We state this because there are a select few garages that’ll “look for work” during an MOT in order to make a bit of money.

It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t have to pay more than £54.85 for an MOT. This is because the DVLA sets the maximum fee and if a garage charges more, you may want to question its reputability.

If you require further information with regards to the cost of an MOT, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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