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

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

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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