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 Lancashire

Barrow Nook
Spen Brook
Osbaldeston Green
Coup Green
Preston
Bay Horse
Rishton
Acre
New Longton
Simonstone
Hesketh Lane
Thorpe Green
Pincock
Whittle-le-Woods
Sough
Chorley
Oswaldtwistle
Great Mitton
Cockerham
Sollom
Up Holland
Worston
Colne
Read
Jack Green
Catforth
Eagland Hill
Wymott
Heath Charnock
Sunderland
Adlington
Higher Ballam
Top o' th' Lane
Towngate
Newsholme
Robin Hood
Shireshead
Forest Becks
Heysham
Much Hoole
Greenhalgh
Blackleach
Great Altcar
Cumeragh Village
New Lane
Downholland Cross
Grimsargh
Strongstry
Gregson Lane
Bolton-le-Sands
Grindleton
Ormskirk
Chatterton
Dolphinholme
Whitewell
Roughlee
Hambleton
Ford Green
White Coppice
Thornton
Roach Bridge
Osbaldeston
Westby
Cliviger
Ring o' Bells
Little Plumpton
Winmarleigh
Ribby
Newsham
Hest Bank
Hundred End
Waddington
Burnley
Weeton
Billington
Garstang
Mere Brow
Tarleton
Rochdale
Out Rawcliffe
Freckleton
Little Singleton
Halton
Haighton Top
Hud Hey
Hoghton Bottoms
Irwell Vale
Horwich
Cow Hill
Waterslack
Higher Penwortham
Esprick
Cribden Side
Burscough Bridge
Red Bridge
Higher Bartle
Eskrigge
Larbreck
Brighouse Green
Fence
Farleton
Eccleston
Mere Side
Hurlston Green
Huncoat
Little Hoole Moss Houses
Ollerton Fold
Copster Green
Higher Walton
Altham
Lower Thurnham
Cuddy Hill
Bruna Hill
Thursden
St Michael's on Wyre
Tosside
Heskin Green
Staining
Whitechapel
Myerscough
Weir
Bamber Bridge
Cottam
Wiswell
Whittington
Johnson's Hillock
Borwick
Salterforth
Bacup
Tarnbrook
Rivington
Hothersall
Carleton
Wennington
Withnell
Morecambe
Great Plumpton
Elswick
Longton
Inskip Moss Side
Stanley Gate
Brook
Charnock Green
Lower Penwortham
Lancaster
Westhead
Lea Town
Newby
Ratten Row
Knotts
Mossy Lea
Swillbrook
Turn
Ulnes Walton
Tunstall
Aldcliffe
Over Burrow
Hapton
Southfield
Wrightington Bar
Knott End-on-Sea
Goosnargh
Scarisbrick
Paythorne
Caton Green
The Row
Clitheroe
Little Eccleston
Skelmersdale
Dunnockshaw
Cuerden
Ribchester
Coppull Moor
Crossmoor
Quernmore
Ward Green Cross
Foulridge
Charnock Richard
Dam Side
Mythop
Cold Row
Great Eccleston
Nether Kellet
Corner Row
Lane Ends
Newton-with-Scales
Moss Side
Pendleton
Pilling Lane
Smallwood Hey
Bretherton
Wharles
Leyland
Four Lane Ends
Downham
Carr Cross
Fulwood
Street
Slaidburn
Brindle
Preesall
Calder Vale
Salwick
Kingsfold
Black Pole
Pippin Street
Croston
Cleveleys
Yealand Conyers
Beverley
Peel
Hesketh Bank
Howgill
Slyne
Elston
Brinscall
Easington
Middleton
Upper Thurnham
Whitworth
Southport
Bolton-by-Bowland
Thistleton
Farington
Copp
Old Langho
Haslingden
Riley Green
Green Haworth
Sand Side
Hale Nook
Holmeswood
Nook
Brierfield
Hampson Green
Crawford
Accrington
Twiston
Tewitfield
Halsall
Langho
Singleton
Scorton
Heapey
Barton
Glasson
Nateby
Wrayton
Cockden
Priest Hutton
Windy Harbour
Swarthdale
Bangor's Green
New Gate
Hill Dale
Withnell Fold
Knowle Green
Lower Bartle
White Stake
Winewall
Belthorn
Ireby
Walthew Green
Hornby
Mellor Brook
Wheatley Lane
Lowgill
Jack's Mere
Over Kellet
Waterside
West Bradford
Lumb
Hunger Hill
Balderstone
Padiham
Nab's Head
Marshaw
Crow Trees
Crag Foot
Becconsall
Kirkham
Over Leck
Barrowford
Lower Green Bank
Runshaw Moor
Old Wennington
Horton
Claughton
Blackpool
Blacko
Sowerbutt's Green
Broughton
Inglewhite
Whalley Banks
Church
Sabden
Catterall
Woodplumpton
Clayton-le-Dale
Stubbins
Aughton
Harrop Fold
Newburgh
Overton
Oakenclough
Formby
Bickerstaffe
Sawley
Abbeystead
Worden
Tatham
Higher Wheelton
Scronkey
Leck
Lewth
Lathom
Green
Bashall Eaves
Bracewell
Tarlscough
Earby
Water
Lower Copthurst
Stodday
Poulton-le-Fylde
Haighton Green
Gisburn
Stake Pool
Turner Green
Hoghton
Bonds
Heaton
Bashall Town
Melling
Matshead
Chipping
Newchurch in Pendle
Treales
Staynall
Cabus
Grimeford Village
Royal Oak
Cowpe
Barrow
Burscough
Silverdale
Hurstwood
Woodsfold
Worsthorne
Higham
Mellor
Caton
Barley
Potters Brook
Bispham Green
Euxton
High Moor
Shevington Moor
Ellel
Sower Carr
Dinckley
Newton
Inskip
Wrightington
Clayton-le-Moors
Wheelton
Bolton Green
Moor Side
Roby Mill
Drummersdale
Middleforth Green
Wrea Green
Wycoller
Bowker's Green
Gisburn Cotes
Lytham St Anne's
Nethertown
Churchtown
Monkroyd
Trawden
Kelbrook
Myerscough Smithy
Andertons Mill
Forton
Wray
Blaguegate
Bescar
Sharneyford
Coppull
Bailrigg
Rising Bridge
Bowgreave
Carnforth
Shevington Vale
Pilling
Barnoldswick
Hutton
Blackburn
Roseacre
Arkholme
Haskayne
Shirdley Hill
Mere Syke
Nelson
Samlesbury Bottoms
Longridge
Great Harwood
Limbrick
Holden
Warton
Hall Cross
Walker Fold
Lower Ballam
Thorney Holme
Bilsborrow
Lower Lee
Mawdesley
Whin Lane End
Hoscar
Crossgill
Fleetwood
Rufford
Clifton
Samlesbury
Yealand Redmayne
Bottom of Hutton
Dunsop Bridge
Hurlston
Wesham
Rimington
Whittingham
Halton Green
Skitham
Parbold
Whalley
Catlow
Moss Edge
Shaw Green
Rawtenstall
Ewood Bridge
Cow Ark
Appley Bridge
Hoyle Bottom
Hey
Fisher's Row
Bryning
Gressingham
Abbey Village
Nether Burrow
Medlar
Higher Copthurst
Scarth Hill
Bolton Houses
Nar
Pudding Pie Nook
Hare Appletree
Tottleworth
Stalmine
Galgate
Chatburn
Elswick Leys
Capernwray
Orrell
Dalton

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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