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 South Ayrshire

KA19 7RH
KA19 7RQ
KA19 7RG
KA19 7RP
KA19 7RJ
KA19 7RF
KA19 7RB
KA19 7RL
KA19 7RE
KA19 7RN
KA19 7PT
KA19 7RW
KA19 7RZ
KA19 7PX
KA19 7PU
KA19 7QA
KA19 7QB
KA19 7QD
KA19 7PY
KA19 7PE
KA19 7QL
KA19 7QE
KA19 7PS
KA19 7SD
KA19 7QJ
KA19 7SH
KA19 8LP
KA19 7QN
KA19 7PG
KA19 7PR
KA19 7PZ
KA19 7PP
KA19 7LL
KA19 7LS
KA19 7PQ
KA19 7QU
KA19 7PH
KA19 7PW
KA19 7QT
KA19 7PF
KA19 7YA
KA19 7QX
KA19 7YD
KA19 7SQ
KA19 7PN
KA19 7QY
KA19 7PL
KA19 7PB
KA19 7PJ
KA19 7PA
KA19 8LR
KA19 7NZ
KA19 8LW
KA19 7QW
KA19 7NU
KA19 7LT
KA19 7LR
KA19 7QF
KA19 7PD
KA19 7SB
KA19 8LL
KA19 7SF
KA19 7LU
KA19 8LJ
KA19 7LP
KA19 7QP
KA19 7SG
KA19 7QG
KA19 7SE
KA19 7SA
KA19 7BW
KA19 7LW
KA19 7AX
KA19 7JR
KA19 7BB
KA19 7JY
KA19 7AZ
KA19 7AU
KA19 7QQ
KA19 7SN
KA19 7EE
KA19 7BJ
KA19 7ED
KA19 7JS
KA19 7LN
KA19 7BA
KA19 7BH
KA19 7BD
KA19 7QS
KA19 7BL
KA19 7LZ
KA19 7BN
KA19 7BG
KA19 7AY
KA19 7HZ
KA19 7BQ
KA19 7AT
KA19 8LS
KA19 7HB
KA19 7BE
KA19 7JG
KA19 7AS
KA19 7HY
KA19 7AP
KA19 7AG
KA19 7AE
KA19 7HA
KA19 7AR
KA19 7JX
KA19 7AW
KA19 7HE
KA19 7EA
KA19 7HD
KA19 7HX
KA19 7JA
KA19 7DU
KA19 7AD
KA19 7AF
KA19 7AJ
KA19 7AB
KA19 8WX
KA19 7WX
KA19 7WA
KA19 7AA
KA19 9AB
KA19 8YD
KA19 8YG
KA19 8YF
KA19 8YB
KA19 8WW
KA19 8YH
KA19 7YB
KA19 7XZ
KA19 7NX
KA19 7DZ
KA19 7ER
KA19 7AH
KA19 7AQ
KA19 7BZ
KA19 7AL
KA19 7BX
KA19 7DR
KA19 7DS
KA19 7DA
KA19 7DT
KA19 7HF
KA19 7HU
KA19 7DP
KA19 7AN
KA19 7JB
KA19 7BY
KA19 7HT
KA19 7HQ
KA19 7EL
KA19 8LN
KA19 7EB
KA19 7DD
KA19 7EW
KA19 7HN
KA19 7DL
KA19 7DQ
KA19 7BP
KA19 7EQ
KA19 7JZ
KA19 7EN
KA19 7HP
KA19 7DN
KA19 7HR
KA19 7HW
KA19 7DW
KA19 7EP
KA19 7DG
KA19 7HJ
KA19 7HH
KA19 7DH
KA19 7HL
KA19 7HS
KA19 7DX
KA19 7DB
KA19 7HG
KA19 7DY
KA19 7DE
KA19 8AB
KA19 8AA
KA19 7DF
KA19 8BW
KA19 8BA
KA19 7SJ
KA19 8HF
KA19 8AF
KA19 7QR
KA19 8AE
KA19 8AS
KA19 8AL
KA19 8AU
KA19 8BN
KA19 8BG
KA19 8BB
KA19 8BD
KA19 8BP
KA19 8BE
KA19 8AG
KA19 8AY
KA19 8AX
KA19 8AD
KA19 8DT
KA19 8AQ
KA19 7JP
KA19 8AT
KA19 8BQ
KA19 8BT
KA19 8AZ
KA19 8BF
KA19 8DE
KA19 8BL
KA19 8AH
KA19 8AN
KA19 8BJ
KA19 8FD
KA19 8AR
KA19 8BS
KA19 8DS
KA19 8AP
KA19 8DR
KA19 8BH
KA19 8AW
KA19 8FB
KA19 8DW
KA19 8FF
KA19 8BX
KA19 8DB
KA19 7LY
KA19 7JT
KA19 8FG
KA19 8BU
KA19 8DA
KA19 8DD
KA19 8BY
KA19 7JU

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)
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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