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 Cheshire East

Woolfall
Hollinsgreen
Wildboarclough
Jodrell Bank
Over Peover
Burleydam
Smallwood
Deansgreen
Brownedge
Marton
Whisterfield
Wincle
Swettenham
Holmes Chapel
Hack Green
Bollington
Gleadsmoss
Chapel End
Eaton
Illidge Green
Moss End
Dean Row
Rease Heath
Wrenbury Heath
Wheelock Heath
Lightwood Green
Disley
Higher Poynton
Monk's Heath
Adder's Moss
Hollyhurst
Wilmslow
Adlington
Mobberley
Stud Green
Peckforton
Danebridge
Lane Ends
Kinsey Heath
Coppenhall Moss
Kerridge-end
Crewe
Broomhall Green
Aston
Wettenhall
Davenport
Bate Heath
Bucklow Hill
Moss Houses
Barthomley
Hatherton
Wornish Nook
Thorns Green
Bottom-of-the-Oven
Alderley Edge
Lindow End
Bosley
Oakgrove
Newsbank
Radway Green
Coxbank
Goostrey
Over Tabley
Marbury
Stapeley
Poynton
Little Warford
Holtridge
Barnett Brook
Blakelow
Bradwall
Oakhanger
Congleton Edge
Wythenshawe
Hulme Walfield
Arclid Green
Spenmoss
Calveley
Rodeheath
Bridgemere
Whirley Grove
Hassall
Buerton
Ravensmoor
Highlane
Checkley
Cranage
Radmore Green
Brown Moss
Acton
Clark Green
Faddiley
Rainow
Brickhouses
Brereton Green
Sutton Lane Ends
Hoo Green
Egerton Green
Lower Peover
Swanwick Green
Congleton
Moston
Worleston
Lawton Heath End
Barrets Green
Blackden Heath
Timbersbrook
Malkin's Bank
Martin's Moss
Wheelock
Brindley
Minshull Vernon
Burland
Basford
Alpraham
Astbury
Ollerton
Smith's Green
Merelake
Betchton Heath
Little Bollington
Swettenham Heath
Langley
Hough
Wood Lanes
Pickmere
Gawsworth
Wades Green
Butley Town
Blakenhall
Bickerton
Ginclough
Rode Heath
Calrofold
Gauntons Bank
Lower Withington
Balterley Green
Woodworth Green
Hodgehill
Siddington Heath
Somerford Booths
Bulkeley
Fanshawe
Skellorn Green
Strines
Rudheath Woods
Prestbury
Haughton
Kettleshulme
Wybunbury
Mere
Hunsterson Four Lane End
Ackers Crossing
Bunbury Commons
Haslington
Shavington
Newhall
Walgherton
Twemlow Green
Brownlow
Morley
New Mills
Wilkesley
Alsager
Weston
Stowford
Howbeck Bank
Nether Alderley
Knolls Green
Scholar Green
Siddington
Croxton Green
Sworton Heath
Withington Green
Spen Green
Arley
Mow Cop
Norbury
Tatton Dale
Warmingham
High Legh
Hope Green
Hassall Green
Pott Shrigley
Gallantry Bank
Wardsend
Wettenhall Green
Kidsgrove
Ridley
Fourlanes End
Nantwich
Burford
Wrenbury-cum-Frith
Brownlow Heath
Rainowlow
Middlewich
Great Warford
Chelford
Norbury Common
Pot Bank
Walley's Green
Willaston
Audlem
Styal
Booth Green
Chorlton
Key Green
Cholmondeston
Larden Green
Longhill
Smithy Green
Radnor
Bradfield Green
Mottram St Andrew
Wardle
Ettiley Heath
Bunbury
Brown's Bank
Marley Green
Plumley
Broomedge
Arclid
Lower Pexhill
Henbury
Heald Green
Brookhouse
Swanley
Englesea-brook
Hankelow
Tilstone Bank
Sandbach
Middlewood
Kermincham Heath
Barbridge
Swanbach
Lea Green
Birchall Moss
Brookhouse Green
Smethwick Green
Balterley Heath
Wirswall
Sound
Ashley
Day Green
Church Minshull
North Rode
Gurnett
Stanley Green
Cloud Side
Pinsley Green
Macclesfield
Butt Green
Higher Hurdsfield
Elworth
Chorley
Stoke Bank
Rostherne
Allgreave
Winterley
Feldy
High Lane
Aston juxta Mondrum
Walker Barn
Knutsford
Peover Heath
Moblake
Brereton Heath
Somerford
Whiteley Green
Stoneley Green
Handforth
The Bank
Spurstow
Mossend
Marthall

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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