How often do I need to MOT my MINI?
Brand-new vehicles do not require an MOT test until they are three years, after which your MINI will need to have an MOT once every 12 months for it to be road legal. The time of registration of your MINI will tell you when its first MOT is due.
When your MINI needs its first MOT
For your MINI to pass its first MOT, it will undergo a series of tests and checks to ensure that important parts of your vehicle meet the legal registrations. Keep your MOT expiry date the same by getting an MOT test up to a day before it is due. Alternatively, you can change your renewal date by getting it up to one month before your current MOT certificate is due to expire.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your MINI receives an MOT test by a trained professional every 12 months. If you do not get an MOT, your insurance will become invalid and you will be driving illegally. You could be fined up to £1,000 if you fail to provide a valid MOT certificate upon request.
How long does an MOT take?
An MOT generally takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete, but it’s always best to allow for at least an hour. There are a few things you should consider when booking your MOT:
- Allow time for repairs just in case your MINI was to fail its MOT.
- The test centre cannot legally let you drive away in your MINI if it has MOT and your existing MOT certificate has expired.
- Some test centres may prefer you to drop your MINI off first thing in the morning.
- You should plan to be without your MINI for a day, just in case it needs repairs.