What is an MOT?

The MOT test is a mandatory annual check to determine whether your vehicle meets strict roadworthiness and emissions standards set by VOSA. Here at AZ Autos in Hitchin, our VOSA approved testers can carry out MOTs on cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles.

All UK vehicles three years and older require an MOT test, which can be carried out up to 28 days prior to the expiry date of the current certificate. Once your vehicle has passed the MOT test, you will receive a certificate valid from the date of expiry of your existing MOT certificate.

Please note that once your MOT test certificate has expired, the only journey permitted is to an MOT test station for a pre-booked MOT test.

The MOT certificate does not guarantee that the vehicle will remain roadworthy, so we always recommend that motorists do basic checks on tyres, oil/fluid levels, windscreen wipers and lights. An MOT is not the same as a service, and does not cover the condition of the engine, therefore it is vital to service your vehicle regularly.

An MOT will typically take an hour. You are welcome to wait in our comfortable waiting room while your vehicle is tested, or we do have an MOT test viewing area. Alternatively, you can leave your vehicle with us.

What happens if my vehicle fails the MOT?

We will always give you a full description of any faults which cause an MOT test failure and of any advisories that require attention in the future. A FREE retest is included in our MOT price (within 10 days), meaning you won’t have to pay again to get your vehicle retested.

Our experienced and fully trained technicians will aim to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Some minor failure items are subject to a FREE retest, provided the vehicle is returned to the original MOT test station by the end of the following day. Visit for further details.


Standard MOT: £45
Special Offer: £30 (when purchased with a service)

We can also provide a courtesy car whilst any work is being completed.

Book your MOT online today using our online booking system.


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