MOT Classes

The purpose of an MOT test is to check that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. For new vehicles, you need to get your first MOT by the third anniversary of the vehicle’s registration. For vehicles that are three years and older, you need to get an MOT every year (with some exceptions).

MOT classes explained

All vehicles fall into one of eight classes. Not sure which MOT class your vehicle belongs to? We've listed each of the classes and which vehicles they cover below.

Class

Vehicle type

1

Motorcycles, with or without side cars (engine size up to 200cc)

2

Motorcycles, with or without side cars (engine size over 200cc)

3

3-wheel vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)

4

  • 3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
  • Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
  • Motor caravans
  • Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles and max net power of 15kb)
  • Dual purpose vehicles
  • Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
  • Ambulances and taxis
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9-12 passenger seats)
  • Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)

4a

Class 4 vehicles (9-12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check

5

  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13-16 passenger seats, and more than 16 passenger seats)
  • Play buses

5a

  • Class 5 vehicles (13-16 passenger seats, and more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check

7

Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)

Source: gov.uk

Costs by class at Halfords

The majority of the vehicles on our road belong to Class 4. At Halfords Autocentres we’re able to carry out Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs for the vehicle categories listed below. We’ve included the maximum DVSA fee that can be charged by any MOT test centre along with our own prices. All of these types of vehicle require their first MOT when they’re three years’ old.

Class

Vehicle type

Max. MOT fee

Our price

4

Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)

£54.85

£39.85

4

Motor caravans

£54.85

£39.85

4

Dual purpose vehicles

£54.85

£39.85

4

Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)

£54.85

£39.85

4

Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)

£54.85

£39.85

7*

Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)

£58.60

£39.85

Source: gov.uk

*Selected centres are able to carry out Class 7 MOTs.

Book an MOT

You can book a Class 4 MOT or Class 7 MOT via the Halfords website or by contacting your local Halfords autocentre. As shown above, our MOT price is just £39.85 – £15.00 (Class 4) and £18.75 (Class 7) less than the maximum DVSA fee.

We recommend booking an MOT and service together, as this will save you both time and money (up to £39.85). It will also give you complete peace of mind that your car will be ready and roadworthy when you need it. We offer a range of combined MOT and service options, all of which can be booked online.

If your MOT isn’t due yet then you can also sign up for a helpful reminder.