Comprehensive MOT Test Centre Information Near Me

Find the nearest MOT Test Centres. Enter your postcode in the search box and we'll find all the MOT Stations near you ordered by distance. In addition to a handy map we will also include booking telephone numbers and, where possible, opening times. If you have a car, van, motor bike, private passenger vehicle or, even, a trike, we'll list all the M.O.S. Test Centers near you.

MOT Test Centre Counties

UK MOT Test Centres in Essex

Great Holland
Rushley Green
Bentley
Basildon
Stock
Pledgdon Green
Theydon Bois
Sibley's Green
Almshouse Green
Beaumont
Bulmer
Epping Upland
Tarpots
Raven's Green
Greenhill
Roydon Hamlet
Brookend
Morris Green
Epping Green
Holder's Green
Tiptree
Rowhedge
Haverhill
Great Oakley
Hawbush Green
Gaston Green
Belchamp Otten
Little Cambridge
Wix
Steventon End
Ardleigh
Totham Hill
School Green
Norwood End
East Horndon
Hamperden End
Brentwood
Boxted
Danbury
Swan Street
Manwood Green
Ashingdon
Tolleshunt Knights
Frinton-on-Sea
Dedham Heath
Southminster
Thaxted
Lamb Corner
Dyer's End
Littlebury
Braintree
Oaker Hill
Boxted Cross
Row Heath
Monk Street
Tendring
Cressing
Young's End
Howe Green
Hastingwood
Cripple Corner
Foster Street
Boyton Cross
Belchamp Walter
Alresford
Thorpe-le-Soken
Southend-on-Sea
Stebbing
Ingrave
North Benfleet
South Fambridge
Hazel End
North Fambridge
North End
Uppend
Hatfield Heath
Rook End
Bush End
Thundersley
Broomfield
Bradwell Wick
Mount Pleasant
Stocks Green
South Weald
Chigwell Row
Little Tey
Bradfield Heath
Howlett End
Butts Green
Level's Green
Magdalen Laver
Chatham Green
Little Waltham
Willingale
South Hanningfield
Steeple
Audley End
Sawbridgeworth
Strethall
Quendon
Norton End
Little Easton
Noak Hill
Silver End
Felsted
Feering
Great Saling
Duton Hill
Chappel
Upper Pond Street
Debden
Clay Hills
Boyton End
Doddinghurst
Clacton-on-Sea
Little Wakering
High Easter
Hawkwell
Puttock's End
Little Horkesley
Little Bardfield
Nine Ashes
Purleigh
Maylandsea
Mount Bures
Woodhatch
Tilbury Green
Weeley
Colliers Hatch
Goose Green
Beazley End
Hill Green
Cole End
Curling Tye Green
Hornestreet
Little Braxted
Loves Green
Little Burstead
Matching Tye
Bishop's Stortford
Hatfield Broad Oak
Hobbs Cross
Mount End
Henny Street
Sand Hill
Brookstreet
Tollesbury
Fyfield
Mayland
Mowden
Hadstock
Birch Green
Wethersfield
Layer-de-la-Haye
Little Laver
Toot Hill
Crow's Green
High Street Green
Leaden Roding
Handley Green
Clavering
Harwich
Langham
Lower Green
Goldhanger
Wendens Ambo
Crockleford Heath
Threshers Bush
Man's Cross
Malting Green
Barrow Hill
Pedlars End
Aythorpe Roding
Roydon
Abridge
Loughton
Woodford
Hadleigh
Chipping Ongar
Great Sampford
Passingford Bridge
Matching
Belchamp St Paul
Leigh-on-Sea
Claverhambury
Thorrington
Redbridge
Littley Green
Horseman Side
Blackmore
Widdington
Smythe's Green
Epping
Gestingthorpe
Paglesham Eastend
Hellman's Cross
Pentlow
Rowney Corner
Barling
Great Yeldham
Little Baddow
Shellow Bowells
Shelley
Coopersale
Wix Green
Navestock Side
Birch
Great Horkesley
Berden
Woodside Green
Crawley End
Broad Green
Beacon Hill
Wicken Bonhunt
Ashdon
Earls Colne
Water End
Pebmarsh
Gaunt's End
Mill Green
Little End
Richmond's Green
Tylerscross
Langenhoe
Abberton
Buckhurst Hill
High Park Corner
Arkesden
Ballards Gore
Cannon's Green
Rickling
Little Bromley
Great Braxted
Taverners Green
Clare
Gallows Green
Lindsell
Clatterford End
Pleshey
West Hanningfield
Langford
White Colne
Whiteash Green
Marks Tey
Starling's Green
Maple End
Peldon
Grass Green
Southey Green
West Bergholt
Hatfield Peverel
Seawick
Salmon's Corner
Horsley Cross
Rochford
Newman's End
Bromley Cross
St Vincent's Hamlet
Cooper's End
Halls Green
Bobbingworth
Blackmore End
Woodham Mortimer
Chignall Smealy
Heckfordbridge
Nounsley
Jack's Hatch
Gosfield
North Weald Bassett
Duck End
Fox Street
Great Waltham
The Green
Rivenhall End
Great Bentley
South Benfleet
Halstead
Ramsden Bellhouse
Craig's End
White Roding and White Roothing
Church End
Roxwell
Norton Heath
Little Hallingbury
Stones Green
Burnt Heath
Padham's Green
Tiptree Heath
Kelvedon
Steeple Bumpstead
Bovinger
Causeway End
Bulmer Tye
Manuden
Churchend
Pattiswick
Molehill Green
Parkeston
Parney Heath
East Hanningfield
Beauchamp Roding
Tolleshunt Major
Fryerning
Little Dunmow
Little London
Runwell
Mountnessing
High Garrett
Little Yeldham
Knowl Green
High Laver
Roundbush Green
Wickham Bishops
Colchester
Great Leighs
Nazeing
Langley
Blackcat
Bradwell Waterside
St Osyth
Stapleford Tawney
Ardley End
Hallingbury Street
Pepper's Green
Panfield
Coalhill
Rayleigh
South Woodham Ferrers
Little Leighs
Greensted Green
Fingringhoe
High Ongar
Newport
Kelvedon Hatch
Start Hill
Ridgewell
Workhouse Hill
Howe Street
Wickford
Chignall St James
Ramsey Island
Killem's Green
Tye Green
Sandon
Great Warley
Tumbler's Green
Great Hallingbury
Cock Clarks
Moreton
Point Clear
Ugley
Broad's Green
Stickling Green
Breach Barns
Battlesbridge
Ardleigh Heath
Colne Engaine
Broxted
Kirby Cross
Chatter End
Waltham's Cross
Ostend
Sible Hedingham
Stisted
Bustard Green
Mistley Heath
West Mersea
Sturmer
Surrex
Stondon Massey
Childerditch
Sewardstone
Wormingford
Chelmsford
Great Chesterford
Butt's Green
Harlow
Bradwell
Saffron Walden
Wiggens Green
Clapdog Green
Row Green
Margaret Roding
Mulberry Green
Takeley Street
Fordham
Castle Hedingham
Debden Green
Puttock End
Little Oakley
Alphamstone
Rotten End
Writtle
Wesley End
Tendring Heath
Little Wigborough
Aingers Green
Hullbridge
East Gores
Chrishall
Minnow End
Henham
Layer Breton
Little Maplestead
Stansted Mountfitchet
Rickling Green
Far Thorpe Green
Fordstreet
Hardy's Green
Tendring Green
Greenstead Green
Eight Ash Green
Thorpe Cross
Abbess Roding
Bures
Gubbion's Green
Little Common
Frating
Swallows Cross
Catmere End
Farnham
Farmbridge End
Lower Pond Street
Gransmore Green
Rawreth
Sudbury
Blake End
Cowey Green
Foxearth
Berners Roding
Cornish Hall End
Wyatt's Green
Dedham
Cold Norton
Spellbrook
Loyter's Green
South Heath
Chigwell
Great Stambridge
Ramsden Heath
Elder Street
Little Clacton
Ost End
Barnston
Keeres Green
Hope End Green
Nether Street
Chalk End
Messing
Coggeshall Hamlet
Long Green
Rudley Green
Thornwood Common
Coopersale Street
Little Warley
Stambourne
Takeley
New England
Little Bentley
Fanner's Green
Little Chesterford
Robinhood End
Housham Tye
Upshire
Coggeshall
Bowers Gifford
Ulting
Great Bardfield
Woodham Walter
Birchanger
Mallows Green
Forry's Green
Elsenham
Terling
Pentlow Street
Broadley Common
Lower Nazeing
Woodham Ferrers
Hazeleigh
Great Henny
Fairstead
Theydon Mount
Heybridge Basin
Little Canfield
Mundon
Delvin End
Gainsford End
Willows Green
Howegreen
Lamarsh
Lower Bobbingworth Green
Farther Howegreen
Farnham Green
Tinkers Green
Jasper's Green
Gamble's Green
Pale Green
Inworth
Weeley Heath
Ramsey
Elmstead Market
Lee-over-Sands
Paglesham Churchend
Burnham-on-Crouch
Nevendon
Theydon Garnon
Woodend
Ugley Green
Good Easter
Little Sampford
Little Henny
Woodhill
Thorpe Green
Hawkspur Green
Purton End
Great Maplestead
Landermere
Frating Green
Fiddlers Hamlet
Lane End
Dengie
Cooksmill Green
St Lawrence
Paslow Wood Common
Cherry Green and Chaureth Green
Maldon
Twinstead
Stanbrook
Bradwell on Sea
Shalford
Manningtree
Navestock Common
Elmdon
Oxen End
Bacon End
Navestock Heath
Hare Street
Brightlingsea
Hook End
Cobler's Green
West Horndon
Doddinghurst Common
Courtsend
Great Totham
Hartford End
Ingatestone
Harrowcross
Toppesfield
Faulkbourne
Ovington
Stambourne Green
Northend
Easthorpe
Black Notley
Salcott-cum-Virley
Brick End
Temple End
St Osyth Heath
Rawreth Shot
Baythorne End
Great Bromley
Little Walden
Great Easton
Stapleford Abbotts
Broad Street Green
Waltham Abbey
Green Street
Pigstye Green
Great Dunmow
Lawford
Creeksea
Berechurch
Sewardstonebury
Radwinter End
Rayne
Havering's Grove
Aimes Green
Beggar Hill
Bicknacre
Wimbish
Burton End
Althorne
Fuller's End
Crays Hill
Gay Bowers
Wickham St Paul
Maggots End
Tilty
Witham
Roundbush
Birdbrook
Stow Maries
Stonebridge
Stoneyhills
Shoeburyness
Further Ford End
Fuller Street
Copford
Margaretting Tye
Brick House End
Bridge Green
Bannister Green
Rose Green
Margaretting
Great Wigborough
White Notley
Little Henham
Great Tey
Windmill Hill
Hoddesdon
Boreham
Stebbing Green
Asheldham
Finchingfield
East Mersea
Pharisee Green
Coxtie Green
Crow Green
Jaywick
Norton Mandeville
Liston
Middleton
Bedlar's Green
Matching Green
Cutlers Green
Oak Corner
Kirkby-le-Soken
Sewards End
Edney Common
Little Totham
Bardfield Saling
Chingford
Horsleycross Street
Tindon End
Lanham Green
Tolleshunt D'Arcy
High Beach
Littlebury Green
Daws Heath
Wakes Colne
Canvey Island
Brickkiln Green
Lambourne End
Stroud Green
Canewdon
Flack's Green
Greensted
Mashbury
Waltham Forest
Brandy Hole
Smith's Green
Great Notley
Hockley
Cross End
The Common
Duddenhoe End
Wivenhoe
Mill End
Lambourne
Osea Island
Oxley Green
Foxash Estate
Tilbury Juxta Clare
Wrabness
Mistley
Rivenhall
Billericay
Brock Hill
Rettendon
Latchingdon
Borley
Chickney
Bumble's Green
Great Canney
Pig Street
Downham
Ashen
Radwinter
Walton-on-the-Naze
Sheering
Perry Green
Ford End
Great Wakering
Hornells Corner
Hempstead
Bardfield End Green
High Roding
Stanford Rivers
Borley Green
Tillingham
Aldham
Countess Cross
Herongate
Layer Marney

When to get an MOT

The MOT test is designed to check that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards defined by the Department for Transport.

The rules that determine when you need to MOT your vehicle depend on the type of vehicle you have and what you use it for. These rules are grouped into Classes which currently include 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a and 7. Broardly speaking you need to MOT your vehicle on;

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old
The exception to this is vehicles that are categorised as Class 4, 5 and 5a which need to be MOT tested every 12 months.

Driving a vehicle without an MOT can attract a fine of up to £1,000

Expired MOT certificate

It is not acceptable to drive a vehicle if its MOT has certificate expired. Doing so can result in a prosecution. Exceptions to this rule are;

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired,
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test1.

1A pre-arranged MOT test is one that has been arranged in advance. If you are stopped on the way to a drop in MOT test centre without an appointment you may not qualify for an exemption.

MOT renewal

An MOT lasts for a calendar year. The MOT expiration date is printed on the MOT pass certificate.

It is important to ensure your vehicle's MOT test certificate is renewed before the MOT test due date. This is can be done as early as a month minus 1 day before the expiration of the current certificate or anniversary of the registration of the vehicle. It is acceptable to get a new MOT test certificate at any time, however, the start date of the certificate will change if the renewal date is more than a month minus a day before the expiration of the current certificate.

MOT Test Fees and Class Descriptions

The Department for Transport has specified maximum fees that MOT test centres can charge. These are broken down by the Class of the vehicle as this roughly equates to the amount of effort required by the MOT Test Centre to carry out the test. The following table explains the Classes and associated costs.

ClassVehicle TypeAge before
MOT (years)
Maximum
Fee
1Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 29.65
1Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 37.80
2Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc)3£ 29.65
2Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc)3£ 37.80
33-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)3£ 37.80
43-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)3£ 54.85
4Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)3£ 54.85
4Motor caravans3£ 54.85
4Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)3£ 54.85
4Dual purpose vehicles3£ 54.85
4Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)3£ 54.85
4Ambulances and taxis1£ 54.85
4Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)1£ 57.30
4Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)3£ 54.85
4aClass 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check£ 64.00
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)1£ 59.55
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)1£ 80.65
5Playbuses1£ 80.65
5aClass 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 80.50
5aClass 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 124.50
7Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)3£ 58.60

Test Failures and Retests

If your vehicle has failed its MOT Test you may qualify for a free or reduced retest.

If the MOT Test Centre carries out the repair then ordinarily they would retest the vehicle at a reduced cost or no cost at all, depending on the nature of the work and the time between the two MOT tests.

If you decide to take your vehicle away for repair you will need to ensure that your vehicle's current certificate is still valid. If your certificate is no longer valid then you will only be able to take your vehicle to a repair agent to get the defects corrected and to an MOT Test Centre with a pre-arranged MOT test appointment. You will not be able to take your vehicle to any other location.

If you have taken your vehicle away for repair and manage to return it to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a retest, the MOT Test Centre will not charge for the partial retest, assuming the repair is one or more of the following items;

  • access panels
  • battery
  • bonnet
  • bootlid
  • brake pedal antislip
  • break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
  • doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
  • door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
  • dropsides
  • electrical wiring
  • emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
  • fuel filler cap
  • headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (that doesn’t need a headlamp aim check)
  • horn
  • lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
  • loading door
  • main beam 'tell-tale'
  • mirrors
  • rear reflectors
  • registration plates
  • seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
  • seats
  • sharp edges or projections
  • stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • steering wheel
  • tailboard
  • tailgate
  • trailer electrical sockets
  • towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
  • tyre pressure monitoring system
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • windscreen glass, wipers and washers
  • wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)
If the repair is for another fault or you do not get your vehicle back within the time period then you are eligible for a charge.

If you return your vehicle, after a repair, within 10 working days of the original test then the MOT Test Centre can complete a partial test which may be free or at a reduce charge. If it is not within this period then the MOT Text Centre will need to carry out a full test for which a full charge can be made.

Booking an MOT

MOT Test Centres offer a variety of methods for booking your vehicle in for a test. The primary means of booking is by phone. Our website offers a handy click to call facility if you are using a compatible device saving the need to save or write the number down. It is also worth noting that many sites now have online booking capabilities making it quick and easy for you to book your car in for a test.

MOT Test Centre maximum fees are controlled. Familiarise yourself with the Class of your vehicle and ensure that the MOT Test Centre does not charge you more than the maximum fee specified.

How does the MOT Test work?

An MOT test is an annual check of qualifying vehicles by an approved agent of items the Department of Transport has deemed essential for the safe operation of the vehicle on the public highway. Checks vary by vehicle category but all include essential items like headlights, seatbelt and tyres.

The MOT Test is designed to ensure the vehicle meets road safety and emission standards as defined by the Department for Transport. The test ensures your vehicle is in appropriate condition for use on the road. The MOT Test focuses on elements of the vehicle that ensure the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users. The Test does not concern itself with the condition of the vehicle's engine or gearbox, for example, but does focus on items such as seat belts, breaks and lights. For a full guide please read the MOT Inspection Manual.

Whilst the MOT Test is being performed you are allowed to view the Test from the MOT Public viewing area. You are not, however, allowed to interact with the Tester during the course of their duties.

MOT Test Completion

When the MOT Tester has completed the inspection you will be issued with a certificate. This can be an MOT Certificate, if the vehicle has passed, or a refusal of an MOT Test Certificate. In either case the outcome, along with the vehicles odometer reading will be recorded in the MOT test database, which is a national register.

If the vehicle has passed the MOT Test the MOT Certificate will be issued with, amoungst other things, the epiration date of the Certificate. You will need to repeat this process again before this date.

If the vehicle has NOT passed the MOT Test the refusal of an MOT Test Certificate will be issued which contains the reasons why the vehicle failed the test. If you decide to take the vehicle away for repair then please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the rules related to retesting your vehicle, especially if your MOT Test Certificate has expired.

If you feel you vehicle has been incorrectly failed then you may lodge an appeal with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) by calling them on 0300 123 9000 week days between 7:30am to 6pm. You should also contact them if you think your MOT Test Certificate is not geniune or if you think your vehicle has passed when it shouldn't have.

Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition can attract a fine of up to £2,000, a driving ban and 3 penalty points
Information on this site is correct at time of publication. We assume no responsibility for any incorrect data, ommissions or errors.
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