Can I have a MOT Test Done On Holiday in Ireland?
Q.I will be on holiday in Republic of Ireland with my car when my MOT is due, can I have a MOT test done in Ireland while I am there?
Your car can have its annual MOT test at any garage in the UK that is registered to carry out MOT tests and has been approved by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA). This does not apply to all garages in the UK, so it's important to make sure that the one that you choose is an approved garage. If you are unsure of which garages in your area are approved by VOSA to carry out MOTs, you can search on the Nationwide Autocentre website to find your nearest approved garage.
In Northern Ireland, MOT tests are done at Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) test centres, rather than garages. Unfortunately, as the Republic of Ireland is not included in the UK, you cannot have your car's MOT test done while you are there. In Ireland, there is a National Car Test (NCT) rather than an MOT test, and only cars that were registered in Ireland can go through this test. You can drive up to Northern Ireland to have your car MOT done, but you will probably find it easier to have it done when you are in the UK.
It is best to have the MOT test done before you go on your holiday to make sure that your car is fully roadworthy. If your car is three years or over, it is an offence to drive a car that is out of its MOT, and that would be the case if you left it until you are back in the UK. Your car can undergo its MOT up to 28 days prior to the due date. If you book your car's MOT earlier than it is due, it is worth remembering that your MOT certificate will be valid for twelve months from the due date of the test, rather than the actual date of your test. This can mean that your MOT certificate is valid for up to 13 months, depending on how far in advance your MOT test is done.
If you are an AA member, you can get discounts at certain garages, including Nationwide Autocentre garages, especially if you book an MOT test on their website. You can also book MOT tests with Kwikfit on their website and get a discount on the usual price.