Book your MOT online

With Napoleon Garage, you can take the hassle out of booking your upcoming MOT test. With us, you can simply and quickly book an MOT appointment online from a testing centre near you. Our approved MOT test centres perform tens of thousands of MOTs every year. We can do so many because our team are proven experts – each one is rigorously trained and regularly reassessed by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

That means whatever your make and model, you can trust then to complete your MOT test quickly – and cost-effectively, given that MOT prices at Napoleon Garage are some of the lowest you’ll find.


What is an MOT test?

A Ministry of Transport (MOT) test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. Cars over three years old (four years in Northern Ireland) need to pass an MOT test every year. It’s illegal to drive a car without an up-to-date MOT certificate.

An MOT test involves multiple checks on your car, including the brakes and fuel system, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and mirrors.

When do I need an MOT?

A car needs an MOT every year once it’s three years old (four years in Northern Ireland). Then it needs to be retested every year on the anniversary of its last MOT. Cars under three years old don’t need an MOT.

Once you’ve passed, you’ll get an MOT test certificate showing the date of the test and the expiry date. You can get your car retested up to a month (minus a day) before it expires and keep the original renewal date.

Can I drive without an MOT?

No, it’s illegal to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate. You could be prosecuted for doing so.

The only time you can drive without an MOT is if you’ve booked an MOT and are driving your car to the test. If you own a car but aren’t planning on driving it, you need to register your vehicle as off the road (SORN).

What is checked in an MOT?

Wondering what your MOT test will check? Every MOT checks the same eight groups of safety, environmental, and legal factors. These include:

  1. Electrics, reflectors and lamps
  2. Suspension and steering
  3. Brakes
  4. Wheels and tyres
  5. Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (SRS)
  6. Structure, body, and other general elements
  7. Emissions, fuel, and exhaust
  8. The road view of the driver


There are several things within each of these sections that are checked during the test.