Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an MOT take?
The MOT will take approximately an hour; it may take longer if we need to carry out any minor repairs. We ask that you arrive at least 5 minutes before your booked time, please book in at the reception. You can leave your car with us and call back later if you wish.

When is my MOT due?
Most vehicles need an MOT check and a new certificate every 12 months once they’re 3 years old. Visit Gov.co.uk to find out when your car needs its next test. Or we can check for you.

Can you do class 7 MOTs?
Yes. We can test all class 4,5 & 7 which is cars vans, goods vehicles over 3000kgs up to 3500kgs, minibuses, horseboxes & motor homes.
Unfortunately, we are not able to test motorcycles.

What does a MOT check?
The MOT covers a wide variety of checks to ensure your vehicle is safe and meets environmental standards. See VOSA for full details.

How can I ensure my car passes its MOT?
Some of the most common MOT failures are down to small, avoidable factors like tyre pressure, windscreen wipers and light bulbs. By carrying out a few simple checks before you bring your car in, we do carry stock of bulbs wipers etc..

What documents do I need to bring?
If your vehicle is undergoing its first MOT then a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) is required, this document is also required if your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since its last MOT. In all other instances no documentation is required.

What happens if I fail my MOT?
If your car doesn’t pass, it’s deemed unroadworthy and must have necessary repairs carried out before it is retested. It is illegal to drive your car on the road without a valid MOT certificate.

Do I have to pay an MOT retest fee?
If your car leaves our test centre and is returned within 10 working days, your MOT retest fee is free with ACM.
In all other cases, the charge for a retest is the same as a full test

Can I appeal if my car fails?
If you wish to appeal against an MOT failure, ask for a VT17 form at the test centre. You’ll receive all or part of your test fee back if your appeal is successful, but you should not have any car repairs carried out in the meantime as this may affect the outcome of your appeal.