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MOT & Service

We offer top-quality MOT, car servicing, tyre and wheel alignment together with vehicle cosmetic enhancement facilities. The team is headed by Ash Richardson on aftersales reception and supported by technician mechanics, Michal Mocny, Liam Whetton, Christian Cooper and John Murray in the workshop, Matthew Wood in our spray shop and detailer/driver Mick Cox.

Our ethos is to provide excellent workmanship at competitive prices and we offer a simple, friendly and honest explanation of any problems that we may find with your car. So whether you need a routine MOT test, a service or repair, an air-conditioning re-gas or a computer diagnostic scan, a new tyre, wheel alignment, your wheels balancing or a puncture fixed - in fact, just about anything to keep your car running in A1 condition we can assist you. Alternatively, if the issue is the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle we now offer paint spraying and alloy wheel refurbishment in our state-of-the-art spray booth. So whether it's a mechanical or cosmetic repair you'd like we always aim to provide a cost-effective, professional service. 

We also have the facility to update the digital service history for the following marques Audi, Volkswagen, SEAT and Skoda, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Land Rover and Jaguar.

We're happy to collect and deliver your car if you're local, or if it's more convenient to wait, you're welcome to have a coffee with us or visit the fabulous Ferndale Garden Centre next door.

Contact us today to discuss your MOT, car service or cosmetic requirements on 01246 414753, you'll get a great deal.




  • The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

    • the third anniversary of its registration
    • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

    Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.

    Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

  • An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

  • You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

    The only exceptions are to drive it:

    • to or from somewhere to be repaired
    • to a pre-arranged MOT test
  • During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

    You can watch the test from a viewing area but you're not allowed to interrupt the tester.

    The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

    For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit

  • Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

    Passing the MOT

    If your vehicle passes the MOT:

    • you'll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    Mileage reading

    The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.

    Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.

    Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.

    Failing the MOT

    If your vehicle fails the MOT:

    • you'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.

    Driving a vehicle that's failed

    You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:

    • have the failed defects fixed
    • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment

    You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

  • You don't need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn't reached the age its first MOT is needed.

    Exempt vehicles

    Other vehicles that don't need an MOT include:

    • cars and motorcycles made before 1960
    • goods vehicles powered by electricity
    • tractors

    A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

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