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Book Service and MOT Online Today

Published: 20 May 2022

Book Service and MOT Online Today

An MOT is an annual legal requirement for all cars over 3 years old to ensure that your car is safe, roadworthy and meets environmental standards. A full service is a comprehensive garage maintenance check on your car that follows your car's vehicle manufacturer guidelines, this is recommended typically every 12,000 miles or annually, if you are unsure when to service your vehicle please check manufacturer recommendations.

Booking an MOT and full service together is a common practice that most garages offer as it means that you can get everything done in one visit. You can compare full service and MOT offers here and get both services booked at the same time at your nearest garage, you won't have to pay anything until the work has been completed at your chosen garage and what you're quoted here is what you will pay. 

Why Combine Your MOT Test and Service?

  • You save time - one single appointment for two services, you only need to take your car in once. 
  • You save money - a garage may offer a discount for an MOT and service booked together 

A full service and MOT will include a comprehensive service of your car which will cover the following: 

  • Fluids changed or topped up 
  • Filters replaced 
  • Spark or glow plugs replaced (depending on fuel type) 

Essentially any moving part of your vehicle will be checked and lubricated in this service and an inspection to check whether there are any advisable repairs on the vehicle.  

How long should a full service and MOT take?

The time it takes for a full service and MOT will depend on what tier of service you have chosen as there are several different types of services these are Interim, Full and Major. The time it takes will also depend on how old your car is and when its last service was. The garage or your manufacturer will recommend a service that suits your car.  

Generally, it will take a couple of hours to do both the MOT and service, there may be some recommended advisories on the car that you may want to be fixed then and there which may add to the cost. Your garage will contact you prior to carrying any additional work out.

Why is an MOT and Car Service necessary?

Once your car is over 3 years old it is a legal requirement in the UK to have a valid MOT certificate, make sure that it meets all the road requirements and must be checked once every 12 months to be deemed road safe. It is illegal to drive without a valid MOT certificate and if you are caught without one then you could be fined up to £2500 and have 3 points added to your licence. 

If your MOT renewal is now then it would perhaps be beneficial to book a service at the same time it means an extra check to ensure that no problems will arise with your car in the following 12 months. The car manufacturer will likely recommend regular interim services and an annual full service to keep your car safe, reliable and in the best condition. 

What is checked during an MOT and Service? 

During an MOT you will have the following checked to ensure your vehicle meets all road and environmental safety standards. There are several simple things that can cause your car to fail its MOT, see some tips here to avoid your vehicle failing unnecessarily. 

  • Vehicle identification number 
  • Registration plate 
  • Lights 
  • Steering and suspension 
  • Wipers and washer bottle 
  • Windscreen 
  • Horn 
  • Seatbelts 
  • Seats 
  • Fuel system 
  • Emissions 
  • Bodywork 
  • Doors 
  • Mirrors 
  • Wheels and tyres 
  • Brakes 

A full car service will include the check of:  

  • Fluid checks and top ups 
  • Tyre tread and condition 
  • Lights 
  • Exhaust 
  • Brakes 
  • Steering 
  • Car battery health 
  • Wheel alignment 
  • Engine performance 
  • Cooling system 
  • Brake pad and brake disc wear 
  • Condition of the suspension 

Getting them both done together will ensure you have had a full and comprehensive health check of your vehicle. 

Find your local garage to get your MOT and Full Service booked today 

If you are looking for a service and MOT garage near you, enter your vehicle registration below and we will find the nearest service centre to you and at the best price. All of our garages are approved, and our service is completely free to use. When you book online with GaragesNear.Me you don't pay anything until after the work has been completed by your chosen garage, the prices you see on our site are binding so you won't pay more than what you've been quoted for your MOT and service here. 

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