MOT Advisories – What do they mean?

If your car is more than three years old then every year you need to take it for an MOT – this is a mandatory test that must be carried out to ensure that your car is in roadworthy condition.

The point of MOTs is to make the UK’s roads safer. The UK has one of the strictest MOT tests in the world; this means that there are several ways in which your car can fail. To find out more about what an MOT entails, you can visit the relevant section on the DVLA website. MOT advisories are part of the MOT process, and since 2018, defects found on your car during an MOT are categorised as follows:

  • Dangerous
  • Major
  • Minor

Fault Categories

The category in which a defect item will be given will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is. If your car has a fault that can be classified as either dangerous or major, then it will fail its MOT and you will need to get the fault fixed immediately. If the fault is classified as dangerous then the vehicle should not be driven on the roads until you have rectified it.

Your car can also have some minor defects, which on their own will not cause it to fail the MOT. Such defects have no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or the impact that it has on the environment.

MOT Advisories
MOT advisories are not urgent, but should be rectified responsibly and within a timely manner.

MOT Advisories

Then there are advisories. These are items that the MOT examiner has noticed that could become more serious in the future. You should monitor and repair such defects as necessary. Unlike the other kinds of defects, advisories may not appear on the MOT tester’s guidelines. However, the tester is obliged to inform the car owner if:

  • The examiner finds faults on items that do not come under the MOT test
  • Items are close to failing, but not quite yet
  • There may be abnormalities on the vehicle.

Despite the fact that advisories don’t cause your car to fail an MOT, if the examiner lists and advisory then you should not ignore it. In fact you should rectify it as soon as possible. Items such as worn tyres, fluid leaks and holes in the exhaust system may not cause your car to fail. But they can quickly develop into a bigger problem and cause issues where safety is concerned.

It goes without saying that advisories noted on your car’s MOT are imperative in keeping your car safe and roadworthy. They help to pre-empt any issues that could potentially end up costing you a lot more time and money to rectify later on. With Free Car Check you can get the full MOT history of any vehicle, so that you can tell whether or not the previous owner has been responsible and looked after the car.


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Can I still dirve my car if it has a minor fault on the MOT?

As long as your car passes the MOT, then you can drive it with a minor fault. The general advice in this situation is to get the minor fault repaired as soon as possible.

What's the difference between a minor fault and an advisory?

A minor fault is something that should be rectified as soon as possible, but does not affect the safety of the vehicle. An advisory is simply something that the MOT tester recommends that you take a look at, but you are not obliged to do so. Be aware though that if some advisories are ignored they could become more serious faults in a future MOT.

What happens if there is a dangeorus fault on my MOT?

If a fault is described as major or dangerous by an MOT tester, then you should not drive the car. Many MOT garages also carry out repairs, so they may be able to rectify the fault and re-test the car for you. Alternatively, if you have breakdown cover then you should be able to arrange for your car to be taken to a garage of your choice in order to get the fault rectified.

One thought on “MOT Advisories – What do they mean?

  1. My MOT garage added minor advisories to my MOT certificate that there were minor cracks on my tyres. I asked if my car was safe to drive long distances and he said yes it was fine so why did he add advisories at all if my car is safe. It seems to me it was a scam to get me to buy new tyres.

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