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

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

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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