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 West Sussex

Woodgate
West Hoathly
Cross Gate
Rock
Bilsham
Domewood
Sharpthorne
Lowfield Heath
Barns Green
Old Shoreham
Bury Common
Elsted
Waterbeach
Broomer's Corner
Highleigh
South Stoke
Forestside
Funtington
Almodington
Alfold Bars
West Barnham
West Marden
Ardingly
Wheatsheaf Common
Treyford
Lickfold
Borden
Bignor
Elsted Marsh
Plaistow
Oving
Southbourne
Dial Green
Marehill
Quags Corner
Greatham
Clayton
Little Bognor
Nuthurst
Coombes
Hooksway
Foxhill
Shermanbury
Arundel
Linchmere
Binsted
Mid Lavant
Balcombe Lane
Rowfant
Toddington
Goddards' Green
Sullington
Brook Street
Hawkhurst Court
Plummers Plain
Scayne's Hill
Dial Post
Henfield
Halfway Bridge
Burpham
Loxwood
Hurstpierpoint
Racton
Flansham
Terwick Common
Hassocks
Westlands
Wick
Portslade-by-Sea
Smithbrook
West Thorney
Bexleyhill
Fishbourne
Sidlesham
Worthing
Burgess Hill
Hambrook
Horsemere Green
Emsworth
Madehurst
Keynor Estate
Warningcamp
North Marden
Holbrook
Upperton
Titty Hill
Street End
Turners Hill
Poling
Hunston
Botolphs
Haslingbourne
Henley Common
Donnington
Rusper
Tisman's Common
Horsham
Highbrook
Horsted Keynes
Chithurst
Trotton Marsh
Poynings
Monk's Gate
Shipley
Nyton
Horley
Lower Horncroft
Kingsley Green
Crawley Down
Sutton
East Lavant
Avisford
Bramber
Mackerel's Common
Church Norton
Nutbourne Common
Shoreham-by-Sea
Rowlands Castle
Handcross
Crawley
Keymer
Liphook
Aldingbourne
Rake
Two Mile Ash
Hangleton
Tower Hill
Warnham
Ferring
West Lavant
Westbourne
Rogate
Clapham
Hill Brow
Tortington
Rudgwick
Rackham
Woodend
Newpound Common
Colgate
Fittleworth
West Ashling
Pyecombe
Littlehampton
Charlton
Fyning
Strettington
Ansty
Birchgrove
Slindon
Lyminster
Maplehurst
Hampers Green
Edburton
Goose Green
Whitehall
Worth Abbey
Itchingfield
Fisher
Warminghurst
East Preston
Lordington
Findon
Adsdean
Earnley
Westhampnett
Stopham
Pease Pottage
East Marden
Coneyhurst
Pickhurst
West Stoke
Habin
Codmore Hill
Aldsworth
Hardham
West Chiltington Common
The Haven
Maudlin
Stedham
Hickstead
Partridge Green
Upper Norwood
Heyshott
Balls Cross
Stoughton
Midhurst
Easebourne
Hammer
Windfallwood Common
Albourne
Roundstreet Common
Brooks Green
West Burton
Southwick
Balls Green
Walderton
Fernhurst
Broadbridge Heath
Gay Street
Bepton Common
Kingston Gorse
Warninglid
Up Marden
Hookwood
Dragon's Green
Strood Green
Angmering
Blackstone
Kirdford
Crabtree
East Wittering
Halecommon
West Itchenor
Kingsfold
Selsfield Common
Small Dole
Barnham
West Dean
Tillington
Kent Street
Littleworth
Thakeham
Shipton Green
Churchwood
Copthorne
Snow Hill
Lambs Green
Newtimber
Balcombe
Wineham
East Hampnett
Redford
Nyewood
Nutbourne
Slough Green
Nursted
Tangmere
Elbridge
Upper Beeding
Selham
Topleigh
Eartham
Haslemere
West Chiltington
Upwaltham
East Lavington
Fulking
Minsted
Pagham
Bognor Regis
Norton
Tinsley Green
Sompting
Iping
Broomershill
South Harting
Mannings Heath
Faygate
West Harting
Houghton
Albourne Green
Wiggonholt
Sutton End
Steyning
Slaugham
Crossbush
Elmers Marsh
Cuckfield
Petworth
Trotton
Ford
West Grinstead
Bosham
South Mundham
Bosham Hoe
Ashurst Wood
Felbridge
Bines Green
Sidlesham Common
Five Oaks
Colworth
Lurgashall
Cocking
Thorney Island
Woolbeding
Amberley
Ingrams Green
Byworth
Chichester
Crockerhill
North Stoke
Durfold Wood
Ashurst
Lancing
Sayers Common
Shipley Bridge
Haywards Heath
Coolham
Eastergate
Coldwaltham
Finchdean
Watersfield
Slinfold
Merston
Graffham
Slindon Common
Storrington
Durleighmarsh
Patching
Albourne Street
Broadbridge
Heyshott Green
Castle Town
East Grinstead
Dumpford
Lodsworth
Hurst Wickham
Selsey
Lower Beeding
Halnaker
East Ashling
North Mundham
Langley
Didling
Riverhill
Somerley
Westerton
Yapton
Ifold
West Wittering
Hillgrove
Adversane
Washington
Runcton
Apuldram
Westergate
South Ambersham
Henley
East Kingston
Copsale
Billingshurst
Walberton
Little London
North Heath
Southwater
Northchapel
East Dean
Lidsey
Cocking Causeway
Chidham
Wiston
River
East Harting
Twineham
Rowhook
Walstead
Fisherstreet
Twineham Green
Bury
Rustington
Fernhill
Compton
Shopwyke
Furnace Wood
Shripney
Heath End
Singleton
Cowfold
West Kingston
Bedham
Duncton
Cinder Hill
Ebernoe
Chilgrove
Boxgrove
Ifieldwood
Birdham
Pulborough
Lord's Common
Hoyle
High Cross
Bolney
Cootham
Crosspost
Milland
Coates
Ashington
Fontwell
Saddlescombe
Bepton
Staplefield
Woodmancote
West Lavington

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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