MOT Testing

We are a fully authorised and licensed DVSA MOT testing station for Cars, Vans, Motorhomes, Motorcycles, 3.5t Horseboxes and Quadbikes (Classes 1, 2, 4 & 7)

What’s the difference between an MOT and a Service?

The main difference is that an MOT is a compulsory safety test whereas a service is carried out to maintain the optimum performance of the vehicle. 

An MOT tests the safety of the vehicle and its component parts, ensuring that it is roadworthy on that particular day and meets the DVSA’s legal, safety and environmental requirements. 

How close to my expiry date can I have to get my vehicle tested?

You can have your vehicle tested up to 30 days before the expiry date while still preserving that expiry date e.g., if your MOT runs out on 1st July 2021, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 1st June 2021.

How can I prepare my car for MOT and give it the best chance of success?

Nearly 1 in 5 cars fails its MOT on lighting and signalling – including simple problems such as blown bulbs. 

Check that your windscreen wipers and washer jets are working and that you have a clear view of the road – remove any stickers or objects dangling in front of the windscreen. Tyres should have over 1.6 mm of tread and make sure the vehicle has enough fuel in it.

If the wipers aren’t clearing the windscreen properly or your bulbs are out, tell us prior to the test and we will happily replace these for you. 

How long does an MOT take?

Your MOT takes 45 minutes. You’re more than welcome to wait with your vehicle; we have a heated viewing area with complimentary coffee, cold drinks, biscuits, magazines and WiFi. 

What happens if my vehicle fails its MOT test?

If your vehicle fails its MOT, it requires work before being deemed roadworthy again. Once this work has been carried out you must have the vehicle re-tested and it must pass the MOT test. At The Garage Howden, we offer free re-tests within 10 working days of the original test. 

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We understand vehicle maintenance and repairs are an inconvenience and a financial burden.

Our job at the The Garage Howden is to make your experience with us as convenient, transparent and of the highest quality possible, which is why we offer you: