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Motoring logoGet a free annual MOT reminderForgetting could cost you £1,000 fine


Did you know, you can request a free email reminder every year before your next MOT is due? Simply visit the government's website and sign up for reminders - you'll just need to give an email address and the registration number of a vehicle registered in England, Wales or Scotland (unfortunately, this isn't currently available for drivers in Northern Ireland).

You'll need to activate it via a link you'll be emailed after signing up. You'll then get the reminder a month before your MOT's due and again two weeks later if you still haven't had your MOT.

With fines of up to £1,000 for not having a valid MOT, forgetting could prove costly, so this free reminder should be a no-brainer for anyone who has a tendency to forget things.

You can unsubscribe from the reminders at any time from the confirmation or reminder email, but they won't automatically stop if you sell the vehicle or declare it off-road.

Want to drive down MOT costs? See our guide on Cheap Council MOTs and for other tips to cut the cost of owning a set of wheels, see our of 50+ Motoring MonySavers checklist.

MSE Anthony says:

For some, it might be useful to get someone else's MOT reminders - eg, for an elderly or vulnerable relative - and you can do this by simply entering their registration number with your email address.

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Motoring logoTake a FREE mock driving theory test onlineOfficial tests from Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)


If you're learning to drive, or an experienced driver and want to test your knowledge, you can take a free mock driving theory test online via the DVSA.

There are four separate tests for car drivers and motorcyclists (50 questions each), as well as for lorry drivers and bus/coach drivers (100 questions each). You can take any of the practice tests as many times as you like, but each one can take up to an hour to complete.

Do remember, these mock tests are only for practice or fun - you still need to take the real one - but the're definitely worth a look, and may save you money. There are many paid-for apps offering similar ways to practise, but not all of them are official like this one.

Want more MoneySaving motoring tips? See our guides on 50+ Ways To Cut Driving Costs, Cheap Car Insurance, Cheap Breakdown Cover, and Cheap Petrol & Diesel.

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Halfords logoHalfords FREE summer car check*6-point check, incl screenwash top-up. Norm £15ish


If you're heading off on any long car journeys - and even if you're not - now's your last chance to get your car checked over for free. Simply drive to any Halfords* store or Halfords Autocentre, where you can ask for a free six-point summer car check until Fri 1 Sep.

Halfords values it at about £15 and it's available in 700+ locations nationwide.

What's covered by the Halfords car check?Halfords car check

  • Battery 
  • Light bulbs 
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Oil levels 
  • Screenwash levels (topped up for free)
  • Air conditioning 

Halfords says it'll take 15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance - just turn up and speak to a member of staff. Be warned... they may try to sell to you, but there's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free.

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There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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