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

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

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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