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 East Sussex

Sharpsbridge
Herstmonceux
The Platt
Iford
Horney Common
Millbrook
Hawkhurst Common
Castle Hill
Hailsham
Cooper's Corner
Chiddingly
Udimore
Butcher's Cross
Argos Hill
Etchingwood
Hadlow Down
Shover's Green
Hollingrove
Coggins Mill
Hooe Common
Bexhill
Chelwood Gate
Beddingham
Holton Hill
Westfield
Laughton Common
Westmeston
Wickstreet
Rodmell
Five Ashes
Sweethaws
Pevensey Bay
Halland
Witherenden Hill
North Corner
Tile Hurst
Wood's Green
Horns Cross
Foxhunt Green
Alciston
Watermill
Burgh Hill
South Heighton
Camber
The Pound
Groombridge
Three Cups Corner
Roser's Cross
Fairlight
Cackle Street
Firle
Pett
Poundford
Flackley Ash
Rushlake Green
Ninfield
Cooksbridge
Eason's Green
Buckham Hill
Hooe
Shortgate
Honey's Green
Birchden
Cousley Wood
Icklesham
Barcombe Cross
Lower Willingdon
Rye
Little Horsted
Alfriston
Glyndebourne
Seaford
Burwash
Stone Cross
Framfield
South Chailey
Bodle Street Green
Dukes Green
Arlington
Fisher's Gate
Brede
Cornwell's Bank
Swaile's Green
Cade Street
Windmill Hill
Chilley Green
Guestling Green
Twelve Oaks
Town Row
Dodd's Hill
Earl's Down
Winton
Uckfield
Glynde
Palehouse Common
Woolbridge
Northbridge Street
Withyham
High Hurstwood
Streat
North Chailey
Dallington
Folkington
Lunce's Common
Mount Pleasant
Splayne's Green
Wivelsfield Green
Chalvington
Eridge Green
Furner's Green
Broadstreet Green
Telscombe
Coleman's Hatch
Goatham Green
Ginger's Green
Collier's Green
Hammerwood
Plumpton Green
Sedlescombe
Burwash Common
Barcombe
Jevington
Ringmer
Bowlers Town
Heathfield
Grove Hill
Eastbourne
Maynard's Green
Vines Cross
Burwash Weald
Heighton Street
Park Corner
Ewhurst Green
Chapman's Town
Battle
Mark Cross
Falmer
Ponts Green
Gun Hill
Fairwarp
Jury's Gap
Bishopstone
Netherfield
Wannock
Little London
Darwell Hole
Maresfield
Boreham Street
Whatlington
Muddles Green
Flowers Green
Stunts Green
Lions Green
Stonegate
Little Norlington
Chelwood Common
Hale Green
Bachelor's Bump
Tidebrook
Guestling Thorn
Little Bayham
Warbleton
Snagshall
Brighton and Hove
Blackham
Staplecross
Broadland Row
Rose Hill
Flimwell
Potter's Green
Burlow
Duddleswell
Northease
Town Littleworth
Newbridge
Riseden
Silver Hill
Broyle Side
Wallcrouch
Chailey
Nutley
Holtye
Punnett's Town
Piltdown
Hellingly
Dodd's Bottom
Caneheath
Chapel Row
Skippers Hill
East Hoathly
Cottenden
Oxley's Green
Salehurst
Steven's Crouch
Shortbridge
Rye Foreign
Ely Grange
Upper Wellingham
Westham
Broad Street
Hankham
Normans' Bay
Selmeston
Wivelsfield
Crumbles
Poundgate
Wych Cross
Blackboys
Wilmington
Saltdean
Brightling
Cowbeech
Sheffield Green
Winchelsea Beach
Three Leg Cross
Foul Mile
Berwick
Founthill
Burnt Oak
Robertsbridge
Ripe
Rotherfield
Litlington
Boarshead
Cross in Hand
Polegate
Norton
Iden
Burgess Hill
Hamsey
Cowbeech Hill
Balls Green
Golden Cross
Budlett's Common
Pounsley
Hartwell
Etchingham
Danehill
Teasley Mead
John's Cross
Mount Ephraim
Telham
Three Oaks
Wood's Corner
Buxted
Hurst Green
Hartfield
Magham Down
South Street
East Chiltington
Upper Dicker
Lower Dicker
Whitesmith
Down Street
Peasmarsh
Playden
Filching
Mott's Mill
Southease
Beckley Furnace
Crowborough
Telscombe Cliffs
Wilmington Green
Friar's Hill
Nash Street
Jenkins' Green
Pevensey
Newbury's
Marden's Hill
Bodiam
Fletching
Ashton Green
Mill Corner
Lower Horsebridge
Bells Yew Green
Marle Green
Friar's Gate
Vinehall Street
Newick
Hastings
Waldron
Cock Marling
Laughton
Frant
Churches Green
Chiltington
Heron's Ghyll
Wellbrook
Piddinghoe
Ditchling Common
Milton Street
Ashurst Wood
Broomham
Forest Row
Northiam
Chuck Hatch
Peacehaven
Birchett's Green
Davis's Town
Mountfield
Five Ash Down
Spithurst
Tarring Neville
Wadhurst
Broad Oak
Upper Hartfield
Lewes
Horam
Willingdon
Plumpton
Pell Green
Old Heathfield
Cripp's Corner
Ticehurst
Marsh Green
Wartling
Brownbread Street
Ditchling
Cogger's Cross
Isfield
Beckley
Fletching Common
Lunsford's Cross
Offham
Rickney
East Guldeford
Mark Street
Chapel Cross
High Cross
Newhaven
Blackness
Kingston near Lewes
Fairlight Cove
Norlington
Swiftsden
Catsfield
Henley's Down
Trolliloes
Trull's Hatch
Rusher's Cross
Houghton Green
Peter's Green
Penhurst
Winchelsea
Mayfield
Holmes's Hill

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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