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Does my motorhome need an MOT?

MOT at Bristol Caravans

Here at Bristol Caravans, we book your Motorhome or Camper van’s MOT with the additional charge for collection and delivery. Before completing your MOT, our technicians complete a visual pre-check including all exterior lights.

What is an MOT?

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) is a test to check the general health of your Motorhome. Although your Motorhome may seem in working order, it must meet the DVSA’s legal safety and environmental standards.

The MOT must be carried out by a vehicle technician with an MOT qualification, and they must be in possession of specific testing equipment.

What will be checked in my Motorhomes MOT?

  • Lights
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Wipers & Wash Bottle
  • Windscreen
  • Horn (beep beep!)
  • Seats & Seatbelts
  • Fuel System
  • Emissions
  • Bodywork
  • Doors
  • Mirrors
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Brakes

How often should my Motorhome have an MOT?

It is compulsory for every vehicle to have its MOT once a year. An MOT is a legal requirement to ensure your Motorhome is roadworthy and safe to use.

If your Motorhome is brand new, the first MOT should be carried out on the third anniversary of its registration date.

How do I know when my Motorhomes MOT is due?

An MOT lasts for one year. To find your next MOTs due date, you can look on your previous years certificate. You can also go to the GOV website and enter your registration,

The DVSA do not remind you of your MOT renewal date. If you book your MOT here at Bristol Caravans, we can send you a free reminder a month prior.

If your MOT expires you can be fined up to £1000!

What is the difference between an MOT and a Service?

The main difference is that an MOT is compulsory!  The MOT checks the general health of your Motorhome and its parts ensuring it meets the DVSAs legal safety and environmental requirements. Within a Service, your Motorhome will undergo a thorough check of all interior and exterior components including LPG appliances, electrics, and water / waste system.

You can find out more on Motorhome Servicing here.

What if my Motorhome fails its MOT?

If your Motorhome fails, its MOT you will be given a list of advisories. These advisories must be fixed before going for a re-test otherwise you will fail again! At Bristol Caravans we must take your Motorhome for a re-test within 10 working days after its MOT failure.

If possible, we will provide an estimate for the repairs and complete them within the time scale.

What are the most common reasons for MOT failure?

One of the most common reasons for an MOT failure is lights. Checking all your lights and indicators are in working order before your MOT is good practice. If we notice a bulb is out, we will be happy to change it.

Another quick check to carry out is to look at your wiper blades. It isn’t often we think to change our wiper blades, but they are an important feature for road safety in bad weather.

It is also important to check your tyre pressure. Maintaining your tyre pressures will maintain the condition of your tyres. It is recommended a Motorhomes tyres are changed every 7 years!

Need help booking an MOT?

Go to our Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.