An MOT is one of the most routine procedures we perform down here at Harratts Renault, but for you and your car it’s one of the most important.
Combining your MOT with a scheduled Renault service can save you time now and potentially save you money on repair costs in the future. You’ll also have full reassurance that your car is safe and reliable when you get back on the road.
Down at Harratts Renault in Wakefield and Pontefract we can carry out an MOT while you wait. Just sit back with a cuppa, make the most of our free wi-fi and complimentary newspapers and our expert Renault technicians will take care of the rest!
The majority of new Renault vehicles need an MOT after 3 years. It must be performed at an approved MOT test centre, otherwise it won’t be valid. After that you need to renew the test each year, and it must be carried out at least 28 days before the existing test certificate is due to expire.
The test is designed to make sure your car is in line with various safety and environmental regulations.
We take a look at all the key components of the vehicle – like tyres, brakes, lights, wipers and mirrors – to make sure they meet minimum legal requirements. We’ll also make sure that your dashboard warning lights aren’t flashing.
The MOT certificate confirms that the car meets the minimum legal requirements for road safety and environmental standards at the time of the test, without dismantling the vehicle.
It’s not a guarantee that the car is in good mechanical condition, though, and it doesn’t mean that you car will be roadworthy until the certificate expires. An MOT doesn’t look at the state of the engine, the gearbox, or the clutch.
A comprehensive Vehicle Health Check alongside your MOT is the only way of ensuring your car is in the best possible condition, and the only way you’ll get peace of mind out on the road.
That’s why Harratts Renault offer a Vehicle Health Check at no extra cost once the MOT test is completed. We’ll look for any possible leaks, check on the tyre tread depth and let you know about any general maintenance work which might be required.
We’ll provide you with a ‘notification of failure, which will be saved in the central MOT database.
Even if it fails the MOT, you’re still legally allowed to drive your car if the existing certificate is still valid – but only if its roadworthy. If not, you run the risk of being prosecuted if you’re stopped by police, not to mention the risks an unroadworthy car poses to yourself and other motorists.
If your car fails the MOT and the certificate has expired, you’re only permitted to drive it a prearranged repair appointment at a garage or to another MOT test appointment.
After a failed test you’ll leave your car at Harratts Renault for repair. You’ll be issued with a VT30 failure document, notifying you of the issues and advising you on the repairs which need to be carried out.
Subject to availability, we might be able to offer you a loan car to keep you on the road while your vehicle is in for repairs.
As an approved Renault dealership, we have a range of genuine Renault parts in stock to get repairs done quickly. If the required parts aren’t in stock, we can ensure next day to delivery to get your car back on the road as soon as possible.
You need to get the car retested at the same garage which carried out the original test.
If the car is tested again before the end of 10 working days following the initial test, only a partial MOT is required at no extra cost.