MOT Testing with MOTEST

  • Book online, by phone or just turn up

  • Multiple lanes for speedy turnaround at most branches

  • FREE on the spot minor repairs*

  • FREE 12 month MOT reminder service

  • Comfortable waiting area

  • Complimentary refreshments

*headlamp aim adjustment/washer fluid top-up/coolant top-up/brake fluid top-up/fitting new wiper blades/ fuel additives to aid emissions/bulbs (not headlamp) if easily accessible. Parts (blades/bulbs/fuel additives) will be charged, but labour and all fluid top-ups are free

Check your MOT Expiry Date

Find out if your MOT is valid, and when it will expire

To check if your vehicle has a valid MOT or when it expires, click on the link which will connect you to the DVLA vehicle information web page. All you need is your vehicle registration number and make. In addition, it will tell you if the vehicle is taxed or on a SORN.

How to check

To check if your vehicle has a valid MOT or when it expires, click on the link which will connect you to the DVLA vehicle information web page.

All you need is your vehicle registration number and make. In addition, it will tell you if the vehicle is taxed or on a SORN.

Check MOT Expiry

Staying legal with an MOT

An explanation of the laws surrounding MOT Testing

You need a valid MOT if your car or van is over 3 years old. If your name is in the logbook, you are the registered keeper, so it is your responsibility to ensure it has an MOT if it is to be driven on the public road.

If your vehicle does not have a valid certificate, it may only be driven on the public road to the MOT testing station and back for a pre booked test and with correct insurance cover. We are happy to take such a booking over the phone. If you book a test on-line with us, that will also count as a ‘booking’.

13 Month Certificates

Testing the car up to one month before the existing certificates expires, allows the new certificate to run from that expiry date – a sensible option.

Spacing

If you have a personal number plate such as a non-dating, different suffix or prefix, you must ensure the plates on the vehicle at the time of the test, read correctly. Mis-spacing or doctoring of letters to make the plate read differently will result in an MOT failure and is an offence.

Black & White/Silver Plates

It is also critical that cars registered after Jan 1980 use reflective type plates only. It is now an offence to display a black & silver number plate for vehicles after that date.

MOTEST can supply the correct plates for the test – just call the branch 24 hours before the test and we can get a set made for you.

The modern equipment used for the MOT is increasingly sophisticated and computerised. This includes a brake tester to check foot braking and handbrake, a gas analyser to check emissions and beam tester for headlamp aim.

Key checks

  •  Lights
  •  Suspension
  •  Brakes
  •  Tyres
  •  Seat belts
  •  Emissions
  •  Vehicle structure

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-car-and-the-mot

Staying legal with an MOT

An explanation of the laws surrounding MOT Testing

The Law

You need a valid MOT if your car or van is over 3 years old. If your name is in the logbook, you are the registered keeper, so it is your responsibility to ensure it has an MOT if it is to be driven on the public road.

If your vehicle does not have a valid certificate, it may only be driven on the public road to the MOT testing station and back for a pre booked test and with correct insurance cover. We are happy to take such a booking over the phone. If you book a test online with us, that will also count as a ‘booking’.

13 Month Certificates

Testing the car up to one month before the existing certificates expires, allows the new certificate to run from that expiry date – a sensible option.

Spacing

If you have a personal number plate such as a non-dating, different suffix or prefix, you must ensure the plates on the vehicle at the time of the test, read correctly. Mis-spacing or doctoring of letters to make the plate read differently will result in an MOT failure and is an offence.

Black & White/Silver Plates

It is also critical that cars registered after Jan 1980 use reflective type plates only. It is now an offence to display a black & silver number plate for vehicles after that date.

MOTEST can supply the correct plates for the test – just call the branch 24 hours before the test and we can get a set made for you.

The modern equipment used for the MOT is increasingly sophisticated and computerised. This includes a brake tester to check foot braking and handbrake, a gas analyser to check emissions and beam tester for headlamp aim.

Key checks

  •  Lights
  •  Suspension
  •  Brakes
  •  Tyres
  •  Seat belts
  •  Emissions
  •  Vehicle structure

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-car-and-the-mot

MOT Testing FAQ

Everything you need to know!

You must keep any vehicle driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT checks that at the time of your test, the vehicle meets road traffic act requirements and key environmental standards.
It IS NOT the same as having your vehicle serviced and DOES NOT check its general mechanical condition.

You must get an MOT test for your car by either the third anniversary of its registration, or providing it has not been SORN’d, the anniversary of its last MOT.

You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is one month before it expires – this date is printed on the existing pass certificate, which in effect will give you up to a 13 month MOT.

We can hopefully book you in today!

For same day booking please call your local branch, for bookings over a 24hr period, you can either call or visit our online booking system.

The total process should take us around 45 minutes.

At MOTEST we can MOT class 4 at all sites and Class 7 Vehicles at some (see below). Class 4 vehicles are up to 3 tonnes. This includes all cars, small vans and any registered campervan, even if its gross weight is over 3 tons, providing the vehicle will fit on our ramps. Class 7 vehicles, are up to 3.5 tonnes. This includes larger vans, long wheel base vehicles and some larger pickups like the Nissan Navara.

Class 7 testing is currently available at our Farnham, Eastleigh, and Swindon branches.

The MOT test checks road safety and environmental items. For example a vehicle’s Lights, brakes, suspension, structure, component security, tyres and emissions, will all be checked to make sure they meet the test requirements. It is illegal for an MOT tester to remove any items or covers from the vehicle, IE hubcaps and or trim, so only visible items can be checked.

We must advise that this test is a MINIMUM REQUIREMENT test, and does not mean that a vehicle is safe to drive for a year. It means that at the time of testing, the vehicle met with the minimum requirements set by law to be driven on the road. To make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, you will need to make sure that your vehicle is regularly serviced as this may reveal potential faults that cannot be found during an MOT.

No documents are required to carry out an MOT test, just the vehicle and the keys. For retests, we require that you bring the fail sheet (VT 30) with you.

If the vehicle fails, a retest of the failed items can be carried out within 10 days. This is the longest period allowed by law. A retest fee of up to 50% of the initial fee can be charged.

Yes! We have published a list of checks you can carry out on your vehicle before an MOT test.

Checklist

MOT Testing FAQ

Everything you need to know!

You must keep any vehicle driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT checks that at the time of your test, the vehicle meets road traffic act requirements and key environmental standards.
It IS NOT the same as having your vehicle serviced and DOES NOT check its general mechanical condition.

You must get an MOT test for your car by either the third anniversary of its registration, or providing it has not been SORN’d, the anniversary of its last MOT.

You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is one month before it expires – this date is printed on the existing pass certificate, which in effect will give you up to a 13 month MOT.

We can hopefully book you in today!

For same day booking please call your local branch, for bookings over a 24hr period, you can either call or visit our online booking system.

The total process should take us around 45 minutes.

At MOTEST we can MOT class 4 at all sites and Class 7 Vehicles at some (see below). Class 4 vehicles are up to 3 tonnes. This includes all cars, small vans and any registered campervan, even if its gross weight is over 3 tons, providing the vehicle will fit on our ramps. Class 7 vehicles, are up to 3.5 tonnes. This includes larger vans, long wheel base vehicles and some larger pickups like the Nissan Navara.

Class 7 testing is currently available at our Farnham, Eastleigh, and Swindon branches.

The MOT test checks road safety and environmental items. For example a vehicle’s Lights, brakes, suspension, structure, component security, tyres and emissions, will all be checked to make sure they meet the test requirements. It is illegal for an MOT tester to remove any items or covers from the vehicle, IE hubcaps and or trim, so only visible items can be checked.

We must advise that this test is a MINIMUM REQUIREMENT test, and does not mean that a vehicle is safe to drive for a year. It means that at the time of testing, the vehicle met with the minimum requirements set by law to be driven on the road. To make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, you will need to make sure that your vehicle is regularly serviced as this may reveal potential faults that cannot be found during an MOT.

No documents are required to carry out an MOT test, just the vehicle and the keys. For retests, we require that you bring the fail sheet (VT 30) with you.

If the vehicle fails, a retest of the failed items can be carried out within 10 days. This is the longest period allowed by law. A retest fee of up to 50% of the initial fee can be charged.

Yes! We have published a list of checks you can carry out on your vehicle before an MOT test.

Checklist

MOTEST – where test quality comes first

Because of the many thousands of cars and vans we test each year, we are very experienced in understanding the test and the vulnerable points on different makes and models. The quality of our MOTs is second to none and we understand classic cars, modern cars, vans, taxis, motor homes and valuable exotic’s.

For example, MOTEST is one of the few companies that have MOT tested not 1 but 2 ex-Le Mans Mclaren F1 racing cars, converted for road use and valued at a cool £20 million each. You can trust us to do all we can to help get you that all-important pass certificate. If your car fails we will advise on the best way forward to get a pass. If it’s MOT repairs, you can trust us to economically repair your vehicle and get it successfully retested. Our testing standards are thorough but fair, confirmed by our strong record with the DVSA.