It is a requirement by law to have an MOT test yearly if your car is three years or older to ensure that your vehicle meets the legal safety standards. At German Automotive we can MOT your car in Derby and we specialise in German cars so you know your motor is in good hands.

MOT’s are carried out by our servicing experts.  If it’s time for your annual MOT test, get in touch now and book an appointment.


Note: You can book for your MOT to be carried out up to 30 days before your current certificate runs out and any remaining days will be automatically added to your new certificate.

How are MOTs changing

The MOT as you may know it has changed in May of 2018. The government and the DVSA have changed the tests categorisation of defects so instead of pass or fail you will receive either:

  • Dangerous

  • Major

  • Minor

  • Advisory

  • Pass

If you receive a Dangerous or a Major, these are both classed as a fail. Major fails you should repair your vehicle immediately, for Dangerous fails you are not permitted to drive your car again until it has been repaired.

Anything Minor and below from the list above is classed as a pass.

There are now stricter rules on emissions as well as the addition of:

  • if tyres are underinflated

  • if the brake fluid is contaminated

  • any fluid leaks posing an environmental risk

  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing

  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from September 2009

  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from September 2009 (if they have them)

  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021)