1. What is an MOT?

An MOT (Ministry Of Transport) test is an annual requirement for motorised vehicles driven on UK roads. The test will typically include checks on safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions.

MOT tests are carried out by NTs (Nominated Testers) who are approved by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) to test that particular class of vehicle within VTSs (Vehicle Testing Stations) also authorised by the DVSA.

Although there are some exemptions, most vehicles that are driven on UK roads and are over three years old, need to be tested once a year. This means, the date of the MOT test will be the third anniversary of the date the car was registered and annually thereafter.

2. How much does it cost to do an MOT?

Our MOTs start from £54 + VAT. Depending on your vehicle you will be required to have a certain MOT.

3. Can I drive without an MOT?

No, if you have missed your test and your certificate has expired you can be prosecuted for driving without an MOT.

4. What kind of service do I need?

Depending on how much your car is used and what service you've had previously will have an effect on what current service you need. High mileage drivers are recommended to have an interim service to keep their car running smoothly.

5. How often does my car need servicing?

Depending on how much your car is used and what service you've had previously will have an effect on what current service you need. High mileage drivers are recommended to have an interim service to keep their car running smoothly.

6. What's included in a full service?

We offer four different service packages designed to keep your car running smoothly all year round which include engine oil and filter change, engine flush, visual brake inspection (wheels not removed), 31 point safety inspection and service information updated (service book or online update).

7. Why do I need to service my car?

Servicing your vehicle regularly is important to ensure long life and reliability, it also serves as an early warning to any work which may be needed before the next service/MOT is due. Due to the complexity of modern vehicle it is imperative that the correct specification of oil is used to prevent damage to the engine, turbo or other ancillaries.

8. Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?

No, if your vehicle is still under manufactures warranty we offer manufactures schedule servicing which will ensure the warranty is not invalidated and will be more cost effective than going to a dealer. We are registered with all the major manufacturers for updating service information online.

9. What can cause my car to fail an MOT test?

A car can fail its MOT test on various points, including:

Brakes (and brake lights) – Faulty or worn brakes are one of the most common reasons cars fail MOT Tests – this also includes brake light function.

Tyres – Damaged or worn tyres (including the spare) are another very common reason a car will fail an MOT Test.

Lighting – All the lights on a car, including headlights, indicators, taillights, brake lights and fog lights etc. should be in good working order and correctly aligned for the car to pass an MOT Test.

Seat belts – This element of the MOT test is one many drivers don’t really think about, but if the seatbelt in your vehicle is frayed or the mechanism is faulty, this could be the difference between your car failing or passing its MOT.

Exhaust Emissions – If the emissions levels produced by your vehicle don’t meet the standards previously set by the European Union and the UK Government, your car will fail its MOT test.

There are plenty of other reasons cars commonly fail their MOT tests, from a broken horn to worn or ineffective wipers and blades, a chipped windscreen, faulty mirrors, faulty doors, faulty steering and suspension, a faulty fuel system and even a broken registration plate can all lead to a failed MOT Test.

10. How do I check my MOT expiry date?

To find out the MOT expiry date on your vehicle, simply visit www.gov.uk/get-vehicle-information-from-dvla then enter the cars registration and its make when prompted.

11. What happens if I don’t service my car on time?

If you don’t service your car regularly or according to the manufacturers schedule, over time your vehicle will build up faults that could cost a lot more than the price of a regular service.

One of the main reasons un-serviced cars develop faults comes down to the vital fluids needed for a car to function, such as engine oil and brake fluid - even if you’re not putting in the mileage.

If they’re not changed at regular intervals, these fluids take on moisture, air and other contaminates, which as they pass through the vehicle eventually lead to the quicker deterioration, a reduction in performance and possibly the malfunction of major components.

Another important reason to get your car serviced on time, is the safety factor. When serviced at a reputable garage, all the main safety points of your vehicle are thoroughly checked, including brakes, tyres, steering, suspension, fuel systems etc. If not checked, topped-up, recalibrated or replaced, these components and systems can malfunction leading to serious safety issues.

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