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

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

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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