Can someone tell me when I must get a MOT test done on my car? It was a brand new car purchased in July 2009. The registered date is 10th July 2009. D0 I need get one done before this date? , or am I correct in my understanding that I must get one done before the end of the 2012?
As flak999 says it is three years from the date of first registration.
Rules on MOT testing have recently altered. It now includes the opening and closing from the inside of every door. Also every warning light has to be working correctly. This could be expensive on modern cars with electronoc circuitry.
Audio equipment is not yet included.
Suggest you go to a local MOT testing station and ask for details of what is included and when it should be done.
Check on cost. You may be able to get a reduction especially if you have a service at the same time. Small indepentend garages are usually cheaper than main dealers.
With a date of 1st registration of 10th July 2009, you have to have a valid mot certificate from 10 July 2012, the earliest you can have an Mot and have and retain the July date is 11th June 2012.
Wikipedia has some information to view. Be aware though that even a car as young as 3 yrs old can fail. (the last figures I saw suggested approx 40% do)
In my experience the most common failures with newer vehicles are lights, wash/wipe and tyres. Even simply forgetting to top up the washers can lead to a fail, as the vehicle has to be tested as presented.