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 Aberdeenshire

Stony Hill
Cairnie
Kirkton of Maryculter
Inverurie
Grantlodge
Cotburn
Nethermuir
Fedderate
Clovenstone
Craigie
Oldwhat
Burnhervie
Rhynie
Ythanwells
Maud
Kiddshill
Migvie
Cromlet
Greens
Boyndlie
Cottown
Kinknockie
Cornhill
Netherley
Logie Newton
Duncanstone
Aldie
Chapel Hill
Longmanhill
Tyrie
Kinnoir
Clochcan
Rosehill
Eastertown of Auchleuchries
Woodlands
Coynach
Arthrath
Whitemyres
Keig
Corse
Forbestown
Waterside
St Combs
Auchlunies
Badentoy Park
Adendale
Roadside of Catterline
Folla Rule
Colpy
Crossfields
Gight
Meikle Wartle
Portlethen
Findon
Mill of Fintray
Inch of Arnhall
Haulkerton
Cuminestown
Largue
Gardenstown
Dykeside
Tarty
Whitestones
Kirkton of Auchterless
Midmar
Rathen
Rora
Largie
Ellon
Mosshead
Drumdollo
Lethenty
Tillybirloch
Old Rayne
Knowes of Elrick
Thomastown
Tillymauld
Whitefield
Logie Coldstone
Hatton of Fintray
Backhill of Clackriach
Mid Beltie
Nether Crimond
Fordyce
Hirn
Bellabeg
Tillyfourie
Forgue
Landerberry
Heugh-head
Fiddler's Green
Inverallochy
Nittanshead
Inverbervie
Inverythan
Jackstown
Redcloak
Drumoak
Kirkton of Culsalmond
Old Kinnernie
Craigdam
New Aberdour
Pennan
Lumphanan
Boyndie
Ladysbridge
Lyne of Skene
Kinellar
Whitehills
Westertown
Cauldwells
Muir of Alford
Tocher
Corgarff
Millbank
Memsie
Clola
Muir of Fowlis
Middlemuir
Millbreck
Cortes Village
Sandend
Hatton
Sandfordhill
Blackhills
Garlogie
Drumlithie
The Neuk
Marywell
Strathdon
Cults
Tipperty
Auchleven
Pettymuick
Hattoncrook
Belts of Collonach
Kennethmont
Ballater
Abergeldie
Auchnagatt
Slack
Sandhaven
Arnage
Torry
Marykirk
Corsehill
Crossroads
North Water Bridge
Auchattie
Montcoffer Crofts
Blackdog
Banff
Pitcaple
Tornaveen
Denhead
Hillbrae
Denside
Ythanbank
Hill of Keir
Cruden Bay
Strachan
Esslemont
Kingseat
Benholm
Brownhill
North Rayne
Laurencekirk
Overbrae
New Byth
Netherbrae
Brideswell
Fetterangus
Schoolhill
Collieston
Ordhead
Kirkton of Durris
Tarves
Newmachar
Kirkton of Rayne
Gourdon
Gartly
Towie
Quilquox
Potterton
Hardgate
Culdrain
Brathens
Cairnborrow
Glen Barry
Carnousie
Turriff
Kirkton
Clatt
Mintlaw
Cuttyhill
Drumligair
Braemar
Methlick
Belnacraig
Slacks of Cairnbanno
Smallburn
Kirkton of Skene
St Cyrus
Crathes
Bankhead
Inverkeithny
Glenbervie
Durie
Woodhead
Blackburn
Finzean
Edzell Woods
Cambus O'May
Ruthven
Chapel of Garioch
Wheedlemont
Macduff
Keilhill
Gariochsford
Glenkindie
Bonnyton
Flushing
Redhill
Bridge of Gairn
Cowbog
Sauchieburn
Hillhead
Whiterashes
Rothienorman
Marnoch
Wedderlairs
Coull
Blairdaff
Aquhythie
Barrack
Gordonstown
Cookston
New Rayne
Tifty
Pitmedden
Kirkney
Blairs
Glen Tanar
Deebank
Cammachmore
Stevensburn
Potarch
Auchingoul
Cothal
Kincardine O'Neil
Coilacriech
Muchalls
Inverugie
Kirktown of Alvah
Sauchen
Berefold
Ardallie
Muirtack
Inchmarlo
Arbuthnott
Gannochy
Downies
Bonnykelly
Backhill
Lochton
Durno
Crovie
Balthangie
Corsegight
Peterhead
Drimmies
Bridgend
Cultercullen
Whinnyfold
Portsoy
Whitecairns
Milltown of Rothiemay
Kirktown of Fetteresso
New Leeds
Auchenblae
Keyhead
St Fergus
Crudie
Old Deer
Oldmeldrum
Comers
Craigearn
Cairnhill
Stirling Village
Johnshaven
Silverhillocks
Aboyne
Fordoun
Stonehaven
Auchmaliddie
Idoch
Fiddes
Plaidy
Kirkton of Bourtie
Peathill
Cairnorrie
Broadmuir
Ordie
Balgaveny
Gorrachie
Torphins
Newtonhill
Aberchirder
Tillydrine
Garmond
Pittulie
Easter Balmoral
Nether Kinmundy
Bridge of Alford
Culsh
Birse
Fingask
Longside
Lumsden
Millbrex
Alford
Strichen
Ardo
Fortrie
Newburgh
New Pitsligo
Tullynessle
Knaven
Westhill
Drum
Monkshill
Haugh of Glass
Foveran
Montgarrie
New Deer
Daviot
Howe of Teuchar
Leslie
Rosehearty
Kirktown
Birsemore
Banchory
Torries
Kirkton of Tough
Monymusk
Kintore
Whiteford
Crossbrae
Bullers O' Buchan
Bridge of Canny
Roadside of Kinneff
Kirkton of Logie Buchan
Roughpark
Aucharnie
Belhelvie
Pitmachie
Milton of Cushnie
Longhaven
Ballogie
Boddam
Ironside
Turfhill
Perkhill
Kildrummy
Balmedie
Ythsie
St Katherines
Bush
South Flobbets
Upper Park
Bogton
Chapelton
Fettercairn
Barthol Chapel
King Edward
Blacklaw
Oldtown
Kinmuck
Fyvie
Inverey
Echt
Catterline
Tarland
Crathie
Kemnay
Huntly
Oyne
Annochie
Cookney
Bograxie
Fraserburgh
Fisherford
Kinharrachie
Kinmundy
Portlethen Village
Drumblade
Bulwark
Glassel
Balhalgardy
Stuartfield
Leochel Cushnie
Whitestone
Dinnet
Luthermuir
Banchory-Devenick
Rickarton
Crimond

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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