Blackburn Garage - FAQ

Blackburn Garage

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a query, our FAQs should be able to point you in the right direction. If you're not able to find an answer to your question, we will be delighted to help you by email at or by telephone on 01224 790347.

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The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

You could be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT

You can get a free MOT reminder by text message or email a month before your MOT is due. You can set this up on the government site.

Check when your MOT is due

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on your current MOT pass certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. Example - If your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.

You can get an MOT earlier, but the renewal date for the following year will change to one year (minus a day) from the date the vehicle last passed its MOT.

You cannot drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught. This applies even if you have your vehicle booked for an MOT.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test

We recommend that you change it at least yearly, regardless of what mileage you are doing.

However, it will depend on the car make and model; most manufacturers recommend every 10,000 - 12,000 miles. Some can even be up to 20,000 miles between oil changes.

The exact figure can usually be found in the manufacturers' maintenance manuals / owners handbook or by searching online.

Still unsure? Call us now and a member of our team can guide you.

NO!! The European Union enforced Block Exemption Regulations back in 2003. This means that drivers with vehicles that are under warranty can have work done at any regulated garage or workshop without the fear of affecting their warranty.

We ensure that vehicles are serviced and repaired using Original Equipment parts and following manufactures guidelines so you can rest assured you won't have any problems should you need to go back to the dealership for any warranty works.

The recommended tyre pressures depends on the car's load. The figures in both PSI and BAR will be found on a sticker either on the inside of the fuel-filler flap, inside the car's glove box or on the inside of the front doors.

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