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 Dorset

Charmouth
Tarrant Monkton
Chilfrome
Cann Common
Rampisham
Bingham's Melcombe
Knob's Crook
East Chelborough
West Milton
Toller Fratrum
Sherborne
Milton on Stour
Puddletown
Plush
Dottery
Corscombe
Fleet
Symondsbury
Thornicombe
Holton Heath
West Stafford
Blackpool Corner
Lower Row
Waddon
Waytown
Motcombe
West Chelborough
Tollerford
Ryme Intrinseca
Holway
Lake
Chettle
Acton
Leweston
Alton Pancras
Hurst
Filford
Broom Hill
Sutton Waldron
Mangerton
Aller
Sharnhill Green
Trickett's Cross
Colesbrook
Shitterton
Whitchurch Canonicorum
Studland
Edmondsham
Woodyates
East Holme
Redford
Stafford's Green
Chalmington
Langton Long Blandford
Netherstoke
Stoborough
Adam's Green
Raymond's Hill
Hursey
Totnell
Moorbath
Owermoigne
Hartmoor
Bincombe
Hampreston
Quarr
Sydling St Nicholas
Cold Harbour
South Bockhampton
North Bockhampton
Sutton Holms
Lower Street
Margaret Marsh
Woolford's Water
Kimmeridge
North Chideock
Stoborough Green
Cross Lanes
Cerne Abbas
Mosterton
Farnham
Bloxworth
Hammoon
Chideock
Whitefield
Melbury Bubb
Higher Eype
Organford
Walton Elm
Coombe Keynes
Lulworth Cove
Melbury Osmond
Affpuddle
Lyon's Gate
Compton Valence
Dewlish
Stourpaine
Tollard Farnham
Steepleton Iwerne
Redbridge
Stalbridge Weston
New Milton
Seaborough
West End
Blandford Forum
Netherhay
Winterborne Kingston
Fiddleford
Winterborne Clenston
Gussage All Saints
Silton
Cocknowle
Crooked Withies
Harman's Cross
God's Blessing Green
Lyme Regis
Avon Common
Glebeland Estate
Gibbs Marsh
Twyford
West Pulham
Spetisbury
Wool
West Stour
Evershot
White Moor
Tarrant Rushton
Stour Row
Todber
Post Green
Manston
Church Knowle
Holwell
Ashley
Bradpole
Haythorne
Longham
Little Ansty and Pleck
Broad Oak
Three Legged Cross
Lower Nyland
Tarrant Hinton
Hummer
Cosmore
Brockhampton Green
Shaggs
Coryates
South Bowood
Osehill Green
Bedchester
Higher Row
Ryall
Charminster
Tarrant Crawford
Bagber
Lower Strode
Uploders
Piddletrenthide
Tarrant Keyneston
Hooke
Kit Hill
Cripplestyle
Lodge Copse Estate
Bourton
Shapwick
Easton
White Lackington
Whitecross
Cruxton
East Bloxworth
Maiden Newton
Lower Ansty
Holywell
Adber
Hilton
Pilsdon
Catherston Leweston
Long Crichel
Witchampton
The Common
Thorncombe
Mappowder
Ringstead
Anderson
West Woodsford
Marshalsea
Minchington
Sturminster Marshall
Bowridge Hill
Alderholt
Three Gates
West Morden
Boveridge
Crossways
Oxbridge
Lytchett Matravers
Higher Coombe
Beacon Hill
Broadoak
East Holton
Poyntington
Arne
Moreton
Winterborne Houghton
Caundle Marsh
Winterborne Stickland
Halstock
Hanford
Worth Matravers
East Lulworth
Fifehead St Quintin
West Moors
West Parley
Higher Totnell
Bradford Peverell
Melcombe Bingham
Burton
Kingston
Turnworth
Ferndown
St Leonards
Litton Cheney
Marshwood
Uphall
Spyway
Newland
Ash
South Poorton
Higher Sandford
Stone
Mannington
Benville
Eccliffe
Puncknowle
Fifehead Magdalen
Pamphill
Holt Heath
Avon Castle
Little Canford
Bishop's Down
Fortuneswell
Madjeston
Swyre
Winterborne Tomson
West Hurn
Sandhills
Long Bredy
Haydon
Hedge End
Gore
King's Stag
Monkton Up Wimborne
Up Cerne
Charlton Marshall
West Holme
Wigbeth
Beer Hackett
Birdsmoorgate
Lower Halstock Leigh
West Bexington
Parley Green
Thornford
Gannetts
Penn
West Orchard
Trent
Morcombelake
Chalbury Common
Holditch
Knowlton
Alweston
Steeple
Bridport
Shothole
Rodden
East Stoke
Greenham
Ashmore
Lower Mannington
Chickerell
Dean
Winterborne Came
Atrim
West Chaldon and Chaldon Boys
Iwerne Minster
North Poorton
Oborne
Athelhampton
Woodlands
Bere Regis
Birch Close
Manswood
Fontmell Magna
Bryanston
Blackney
Higher Nyland
Glanvilles Wootton
Hinton St Mary
Wimborne Minster
Batcombe
Moor Crichel
Stalbridge
Stoke Abbott
Gaunts
Furzehill
Fishpond Bottom
Milton Abbas
Puxey
Furzebrook
Shillingstone
Burstock
Huish
Abbotsbury
Merriott
Lower Bockhampton
Warren
Upton
Melplash
Chalbury
Winterborne Monkton
Lower Kingcombe
Cheselbourne
Duntish
Bettiscombe
Hamlet
Lane End
Whitcombe
Piddlehinton
Rew
East Morden
Langton Herring
Stallen
Okeford Fitzpaine
Lower Eype
East Creech
Lower Daggons
Blacknoll
Huntingford
Cann
Hinton Parva
Ashley Heath
Pleck
Winterborne Muston
Winterbourne Steepleton
East Pulham
Henley
Higher Whatcombe
Melbury Abbas
Milborne St Andrew
School House
Weston
Warmwell
Toller Whelme
Burton Bradstock
Askerswell
Lydlinch
Wooth
Godmanstone
Chilcombe
Nettlecombe
Bookham
West Lulworth
Wimborne St Giles
Bugley
The Borough
Hinton Martell
Merritown
Pallington
Osmington
Woolgarston
Stratton
Henstridge Marsh
Stubhampton
North Wootton
Shroton and Iwerne Courtney
Westfields
Drimpton
Purse Caundle
Verwood
East Chaldon and Chaldon Herring
Cattistock
Higher Halstock Leigh
Pleck Green
Ansty
Kingsland
Horton Heath
Tatworth
Laymore
Muckleford
Langton Matravers
Tarrant Launceston
Belchalwell Street
Woodcutts
Briantspuddle
West Compton
Walditch
Woolland
Deanend
Blackdown
Daggons
West Shilvinghampton
New Town
Grange
Kington Magna
Lytchett Minster
Frampton
Broadwindsor
West Bourton
Winterborne Zelston
Ansty Cross
Coldharbour
Quarleston
Wareham
Pulham
Higher Ansty
Woolcombe
Ridge
Cowgrove
East Knighton
Langham
Goathill
Hemsworth
Chedington
The Mount
Farrington
Bishop's Caundle
East Stour
Sandford
Charlton Down
Poxwell
Stoke Wake
South Perrott
West Melbury
Matchams
Hill Street
Loscombe
Kingston Russell
Swanage
Norden
Shipton Gorge
East Shilvinghampton
Littlebredy
Yetminster
Folke
Turners Puddle
Rivers' Corner
The Folly
Higher Kingcombe
Powerstock
Gillingham
Binnegar
Middlemarsh
Lower Whatcombe
Slepe
Toller Porcorum
Sixpenny Handley
Frome St Quintin
Portway
Stockwood
Sandford Orcas
Over Compton
Dorchester
Corfe Mullen
Higher Wraxall
Gussage St Andrew
Sturminster Newton
Whitmore
Uppington
Woodville
Broadmayne
Mapperton
Woodbridge
Yondover
Seatown
Throop
Wootton Fitzpaine
Primrose Hill
Grimstone
East Parley
Clapgate
Creech
Minterne Parva
Bradford Abbas
St Ives
Leigh
Loders
Creech Bottom
Kingston Maurward
Moorside
Portland Bill
Boys Hill
Southover
Wynford Eagle
Almer
Tolpuddle
Lillington
Meerhay
Gotham
North Bowood
Combe Almer
Shaftesbury
Caundle Wake
Dunbury
Pig Oak
Holt Wood
Stoborough Heath
Tarrant Gunville
Ilsington
Winterborne Whitechurch
Knighton
Netherbury
Poolestown
Deanland
Pimperne
Tincleton
Crendell
Holnest
Higher Melcombe
Minterne Magna
Holmebridge
Grove
East Melbury
Buckland Newton
Salway Ash
Southwell
Ulwell
Stinsford
Hartgrove
Hazelbury Bryan
Buckland Ripers
North End
Sandleheath
Holworth
Shave Cross
Kitford
Compton Abbas
Stour Provost
Miles Cross
Pentridge
Galton
Worgret
Hillbutts
Nether Compton
Stanbridge
Burleston
Gaunt's Common
Newton Peveril
Up Sydling
Clift
Longburton
Hurn
Winterborne St Martin and Martinstown
Cashmoor
Pymore
Yeovil
Little Woolgarston
Winkton
Beaminster
Melbury Sampford
Burngate
Lewcombe
Marnhull
Gussage St Michael
Friar Waddon
Stokeford
Tarrant Rawston
West Knighton
Lower Wraxall
Ibberton
Chilbridge
Horton
Corfe Castle
Buckhorn Weston
Westford
Higher Bockhampton
Fifehead Neville
Sandpit
Weymouth
Woodsford
Winterbourne Abbas
Stourton Caundle
Durweston
Winfrith Newburgh
Child Okeford
Forston
Winterborne Herringston
Belchalwell
Holt
Middle Bockhampton
Portesham
Guy's Marsh
Littlewindsor
Chetnole

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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