MOT Testing

An annual MOT test for your car is mandatory if your vehicle is over three years old. This test is carried out on behalf of The Ministry of Transport at our premises by approved and tested inspectors.

This annual test is essential to ensure both your safety but also that of other road users.

Failure to hold a valid MOT is an offence under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and can result in a fine of up to £1000. The offence of driving without a MOT does not carry penalty points although most insurance policies will become invalid without a MOT being in place, and this could lead to an offence of driving without insurance, which carries, between 6 and 8 penalty points.

We have the latest ATL test lane and 4 MOT testers with over 50 years experience in carrying out MOT tests. There has never been even a single appeal or complaint about any of the tests carried out by any of our testers.

We do not offer silly cheap get you in the door offers on our MOTs and then find items so that we can get the most out of your wallet whilst you are there!

Many of our MOTs are carried out for our regular customers year after year. With 4 MOT testers usually available you call us when you have just found out your MOT has EXPIRED (like many do when they try to tax their cars) and we can normally try to squeeze you in on the same day.

What is tested during a MOT?

All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.
The MoT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and the type is correct.
The nominated tester will check the Windscreen condition and driver's view of the road and that there are no chips or cracks affecting the driver line of sight.
During the MoT test will check your vehicles Wipers and Washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.
The MoT tester will also check the Steering and Suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct.
The Mot test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.
The MoT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate.
The MoT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number commonly referred to as the VIN is legibly displayed on the vehicle.
The MoT tests the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a rolling road brake tester.
The nominated MoT tester will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.
The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MoT test for condition and security.
The MoT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.
Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MoT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in a MoT failure.
The MoT test covers your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and they the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
The fuel system is checked during the MoT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
Your vehicle’s front seats are checked for security during the MoT test.
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