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All vehicles over 3 years old are required by law to have an annual MOT test. The MOT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle meets the minimum safety standards acceptable for it to be roadworthy.

All our MOT testers are selected for their knowledge, experience and fair attitude to vehicle testing ensuring our customers the highest standards possible. Whilst many vehicles pass with flying colours, a  proportion will unfortunately fail to meet the minimum safety standards required to pass the test.

The MOT tester will record faults with your vehicle in three different ways

result Reason pass/fail
Not an immediate safety risk but should be rectified soon.
Poses a potential safety risk to the driver and other road users.
Immediate risk to the safety of the driver & other road users. The vehicle should not be driven until the fault has been rectified.

If your vehicle fails the MOT test, then our branches can carry out the vast majority of MOT repairs onsite. Our technicians can provide you with a no-obligation quote and an estimate on how long the repairs and retest are likely to take. Our MOT retesting is free of charge providing the vehicle is retested within 10 days of the original test; this is the case whether we carry out the repair work or you choose to take the vehicle to another garage or repair it yourself.

Most of our branches carry out MOT’s onsite, the few that don’t have MOT testing facilities can arrange to take your vehicle to a local, trusted testing station. MOT tests usually take just under an hour to carry out so many customers choose to relax in reception with a complementary drink whilst this is done.

Questions about your MOT

Yes. Most MOT tests take around 45 mins and you are more than welcome to wait in our reception area whilst we carry out the test.  If your vehicle needs MOT repairs then these could take significantly longer in which case you may decide to leave the vehicle with us.

The MOT test is a basic safety test to ensure that the vehicle meets to minimum safety requirements to be allowed onto the road. See exactly what is inspected here.

No. Provided your vehicle is retested within 10 working days of the original test then there is no fee for the partial retest.  This applies whether we carry out the repair work or you get it done elsewhere and just bring it back to us for the retest, our retest is always free.  If you bring the vehicle back after 10 working days, then we aren’t able to carry out a partial retest and have to conduct another full MOT test, in this case then a full MOT fee will apply.

Yes. Ask your local branch to set up a FREE text or email reminder for you so you won’t have to worry about forgetting your test next year.

Yes. We can reprint your MOT certificate for a small fee of £10 providing you bring your vehicle log book (V5) with you.

No. It is illegal to drive a car once your MOT has expired.  The only exception to this is if you are driving your vehicle to a pre-booked test at an MOT testing station. 

No. There are no “days grace” your MOT must be carried out before the expiry date or you will be driving illegally.

We have selected branches that have the facilities to carry out Class 5 and Class 7 MOTs. Our Alfreton rd, Derby, Giltbrook, Melton Mowbray, Sutton In Ashfield and Swadlincote branches carry out Class 4,5 & 7 MOT’s. Our Ashby de la Zouch and Burton On Trent branches can carry out Class 4 & 7 MOT’s.