Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a road worthy condition. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.
We will test your vehicle to the strict protocol specified by DVSA . If there is any work that needs to be carried out to pass your vehicle be assured that after 40 years in business our reputation and experience guarantees it will only be what is necessary AND at a fair price. We are located only five minutes from Stratford’s town centre and offer ample free parking.
We look forward to keeping your vehicle on the road and your motoring costs down.
What is an MOT?
The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is road worthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
What are the implications if my MOT expires and I’m still driving around?
It is generally an offence to use on a public road, a vehicle of testable age that doesn’t have a current test certificate except when:
Taking it to a test station for an MOT test booked in advance
Bringing it away from a test station after it has failed the MOT test, to a place of repair
Taking it to a place, by previous arrangement, where problems that caused the vehicle to fail its MOT test, can be repaired.
Bringing it away from a place where the problems with the vehicle have been repaired.
It is your responsibility as the vehicle owner to ensure that the due MOT test is carried out in time.
What happens if the vehicle passes?
If the vehicle passes you will be issued with a MOT test certificate valid for twelve months. If the vehicle fails you can: Have the necessary repairs completed and re-tested (there is no charge for a re-test) Drive it away, have the necessary repairs completed elsewhere and bring the vehicle back for re-test within ten working days (there is no charge for a re-test but it must be at original test centre)
What am I paying for when I buy an MOT test?
There are a number of costs involved in providing an MOT test and these include the following:
The cost of specialist equipment such as a vehicle ramp, tooling, gas analysing computer, brake tester and maintenance.
There is a cost in purchasing an MOT test ‘slot’ from the government department ‘VOSA’
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