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

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

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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