MOT booking with AA Smart Care

Book an MOT test

Get an MOT at an AA approved local garage for just £39.85

The easy way to book an MOT

Need an MOT but not sure where to start? Let us take care of it – just enter your number plate and postcode to get started.

  • We speak with the garage on your behalf, so you can be sure you’ll pay the right price for the right service.
  • You don’t need to be an AA Member.
  • You’ll only pay for the work you want done.
  • Free vehicle collection and drop off from a fully insured driver.
  • All garages are AA approved and come with a 1 year guarantee on parts and labour.

Book your vehicle in

This could be your home, work or somewhere near you.

How to book your MOT

1

Enter your details

Get started by entering your number plate and postcode, then add an MOT to your basket.

2

Choose a date and garage

Pick a date and an AA approved garage that suit you. Drop your vehicle off yourself, or in most cases a fully insured driver can collect it from you.

3

We'll take it from here

We handle all communication with the garage. Your payment won't be taken until the work has been completed.

What's an MOT?

The MOT test is a legally-required inspection of your vehicle, covering dozens of checks from your lights to your tyres. If your vehicle’s more than 3 years old, you’ll need to get it tested every year.

Getting your annual MOT test:

    • Makes sure your car is roadworthy, keeping you and other drivers safe.
    • Keeps your car insurance valid.
    • Can help spot any problems with your car early on – which could save you money later down the line.

MOT advice

Mechanic servicing a car

Pre-MOT checklist

Get your car ready for its MOT with our handy pre-MOT checklist.
Cars being serviced at a garage

What's checked during an MOT?

Find out what checks are included in the MOT test.
Mechanic showing a customer an issue with her vehicle

What can fail an MOT?

We explain the common causes of MOT failure and how to avoid them.

How do I book an MOT near me?

We have a growing network of more than 500 AA approved garages, so it’s likely we’ll have one near you. And if you need an MOT fast, we even have next-day availability in some locations.

If you don't have time to drop your car off at the garage, use our free collect and return service. A fully insured driver will pick your car up on the morning of your appointment and drop it back to your door once the work is done.

Just enter your number plate and postcode above to begin making your booking.

Which documents do I need for an MOT?

To get an MOT certificate, your vehicle must be registered with the DVLA, taxed and insured. Garages can now access all the documents they'll need online, so there’s no need to take any documents along with you.

Can I book an MOT for tomorrow?

If you need an MOT quickly, many of our garages have next-day availability. With more than 500 garages nationwide, it's likely we'll have one near you too. Check live availability by entering your number plate and postcode above.

Can I drive a car with no MOT?

It’s illegal to drive a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate and you can be fined up to £1,000 if you do. If your vehicle was found to have 'dangerous' defects and you continue to drive it, the fine increases to £2,500.

The only exception is you can drive your car to or from a pre-arranged MOT appointment – or to or from a pre-arranged repair appointment to have defects fixed that were identified on a previous test – as long as no 'dangerous' defects were found. 

How far in advance can I book an MOT?
You can book an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out, and keep the same renewal date. If you want to renew your vehicle’s MOT earlier than this, you can – but the MOT certificate will then be valid for 12 months from the new test date.
How can I check if my car needs an MOT?
Simply enter your number plate and postcode at the top of this page and our system will confirm your MOT due date.
What happens if my car fails its MOT?

If your vehicle fails its MOT, you'll need to get any 'dangerous' defects fixed and then get your car retested.

If you book through the AA, we'll carry out any essential work (at the same garage) within 10 days and do a retest free of charge. If you choose to take your car elsewhere for repairs, you can return it to us within 10 days and we’ll retest it for only £15.

If you believe your vehicle has been unfairly failed, you can appeal the decision.