How to get an MOT for £1.49

How to get an MOT for £1.49
How to get an MOT for £1.49

Drivers can bag an MOT test for their car for as little as £1.49 as part of a special offer launched by a nationwide garage service.

From Monday September 10 until Sunday October 14 Halfords is offering a free MOT test with any purchase from its stores.

That means motorists can get the roadworthiness test, which usually costs up to £54.85, for the price of an air freshener. They can then redeem the offer any time in the next 13 months.

Read more: MOT changes: half of drivers still in the dark

The month-long initiative has been introduced as research by the retailer reveals 16 per cent of motorists say that an MOT is one of their biggest expenses when it comes to owning a car.

The poll of 2,000 also revealed that 53 per cent of drivers said they were unaware of their car’s MOT date and 16 per cent have even put off getting a fault checked until their next scheduled service.


The initiative coincides with the second busiest month of the year for MOT tests. This month will see nearly half a million cars require their first MOT. September 2015 saw 462,517 cars hit the road for the first time, and with those cars now turning three years old they are due their first MOT.

The huge number of cars tests will provide a timely boost to mechanics, garages and service providers up and down the country, according to Scott Hamilton, managing director of service comparison site,

He commented: “2015 was the year that the UK motor trade really started to make some big strides forward, with new registrations passing the two million mark for the first time in over a decade. That strong performance three years ago means that this month should be a stellar period for service providers, with more motorists than ever before needing MoTs.

“This is supported by data from our own website. We have more than 30,000 MoTs in the diary, and that number is set to rise rapidly over the coming days.”

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