MOT Testing | AutocentreBushbury
Our MOT Testing Service

Our fully-qualified experienced technicians will carry out your car, mini-bus or van (Group 4, 5 or 7) MoT test; If you are in doubt which class your vehicle falls in to please call us, we will be pleased to advise you.  With hundreds of satisfied customers over many years you can be sure of the best in service and value. Call us to make your booking.


Class 4 MoT Testing
Free re-test within 10 days
Free winter check on request
£40 inc VAT
Class 5 MoT Testing
Free re-test within 10 days
Free winter check on request
£55 inc VAT
Class 7 Mot Testing
Free re-test within 10 days
Free winter check on request
£40 inc VAT

MOT Testing You Can Trust

Autocentre Bushbury is a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved MoT Testing centre and as such we conform to their code of practice and testing standards. And as we don’t offer a major mechanical repair service, we have no vested interest in generating additional work through the MoT testing process.

Questions about your MOT
The test normally takes 45 minutes, however please allow an hour in case any minor repairs are needed. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment.  We have a waiting room with free tea, coffee and WiFi.
Cars (class4)
Mini-buses and Passenger vehicles (class 5)
Vans (class 7)
MOT Tests are available at short notice and can be booked up to 2 months in advance.  Call us for availability.
By carrying out a few simple checks before bringing your vehicle in for an MoT you can prevent the failures we see every day. Common avoidable faults include: wipers, washers, light bulbs, tyre condition and tyre pressures.  Before bringing your car to the testing centre, make sure you check:

— Can you open all the doors from inside the car?
— Does the driver’s seat slide back and forth on its runners?
— Is the rear-view mirror firmly fixed in place and uncracked?
— Do the seat belts fasten or clip in ok, and are the seat belts damage free?
— Do all the dashboard warning lights go out after you start the car?
— Do the main beam, indicator and hazard lights ‘telltale’ lights work?
— Does  the windscreen have any cracks or chips? A crack or chip within 40mm of the area swept by the wipers in front of the driver will be a fail if it is larger than 10mm.
— Do the windscreen wipers clear the windsceen and do the washers work?

— that the VIN (vehicle identification number) can be read easily (your VIN is normally on the driver’s side windscreen where it meets the dashboard)
— you have got the keys for the doors, boot, ignition and fuel filler cap
—  there is screenwash
— you have got enough fuel
— the oil level is within maufacturers recommended levels
— set the headlight adjusters to ‘0’  (ask us if you are not sure how to set your headlight adjusters).
— Does the horn make a noise, and is it loud enough?

— Do the boot and bonnet open?
— Do the doors open and close securely?
— Are the mirrors firmly fixed to the vehicle and the glass unbroken?
— Are the wipers free from damage and splits, and generally in good condition?
— Do the tyres have enough tread depth (at least 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre) and are they free from bulges, lumps or cuts?
— Are all the exterior lights working, including the brake lights and rear number plate lamp?
— Are the lenses on the lights firmly fixed in place and free from damage?


If the answer is ‘no’ to any of the above, or you would like to ask us about something before your test, ring us on the number below.

If your vehicle fails the MoT test, it must be repaired, retested and a certificate issued before you can legally drive your car on the road. Many repairs can be carried out in our test centre on the same day, and we will always advise you what work needs to be done, and get your approval to make any repairs.
We offer a free re-test if the car is presented within 10 days of the failed test. Whether you repair it on-site, or have it repaired at another garage or repairers.

You don’t normally need to bring any documents with you. Unless it is your vehicle’s first MoT or your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since it’s last MoT, in which casea Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C or logbook) is required.

The following is taken from the DVSA MoT Testing guide:

Body, vehicle structure and general items

These will be inspected to check that:

– they’re free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas
– there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury


Towbars will be inspected for:

– secureness
– condition
– inappropriate repairs or modification

The MOT tester will also check that:

– the 13 pin electrical socket is working correctly
– the speedometer is in good working order
– the engine mountings are secure

Fuel system

The fuel system will be inspected to check that:

– there are no leaks
– the pipes and hoses are secure and in a good condition
– the fuel cap fastens and seals securely

You should make sure that the key is available as the fuel cap will need to be opened.

Exhaust emissions

The vehicle will be inspected, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle, to check that it meets the rules for exhaust emissions.

Diesel vehicles

The MOT tester will refuse to test your vehicle if they think that the smoke test may damage your engine.
You should tell them at the start of the MOT if you think this may happen.

To reduce the possibility of damage and increase the chances of passing, you should:

– keep your vehicle maintained at all times
– have the camshaft drive belt replaced at the recommended intervals
– go for the MOT with a fully warmed up engine – it will produce less smoke and is safer to test
– not tamper with the governor settings

Exhaust system

The exhaust system will be inspected to check that:

– it’s secure and complete
– a catalyst isn’t missing where one was fitted as standard
– it’s without serious leaks and not too noisy


The vehicle will be inspected to check that:

– the mandatory seatbelts are in place
– they are suitable for the vehicle
– they are in a good condition
– they work properly
– they are attached securely

The malfunction indicator lamps (MILs) or dashboard warning lights will be checked for the:

– air bags
– seatbelt pretensioners (which remove the slack from a seatbelt in the event of a collision)
– seatbelt load limiters (which release a small amount of belt when it’s too tight)


These will be inspected to check that:

– the driver’s seat can be adjusted
– all seats are securely fitted and that seat backs can be fixed in the upright position


These will be inspected to check that:

– the latch is secure in the closed position
– the front doors open from inside and outside the vehicle
– the rear doors open from outside the vehicle
– hinges and catches are secure and in a good condition


The vehicle will be inspected to check for the minimum number of mirrors, their condition and security. Indirect vision devices will also inspected.

Load security

The vehicle will be inspected to check that the boot or tailgate can be closed properly.


These will be inspected to check:

– their condition, including inappropriate repairs or modifications
– their operation and performance (the efficiency test) – the wheels and trims aren’t removed as part of the test
– the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) (where fitted)

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the ABS, ESC, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning lights.

Tyres and wheels

These will be inspected to check for:

– condition
– security
– tyre size and type
– tread depth

Spare wheels and tyres are not inspected.

Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 will be checked to make sure the tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) MIL is working.

Registration plates

These will be inspected to check for:

– condition
– secure attachment
– colour
– characters correctly formed and spaced


These will be inspected to check:

– their condition
– operation, including high intensity discharge (HID) and light emitting diode (LED)
– the headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security
– headlamp aim
– main beam warning light working


This will be inspected to check that it closes securely.

Wipers and washers

These will be inspected to check that they work properly so the driver has a clear view of the road.


The windscreen will be inspected to check for:

– condition
– the driver’s view of the road


This will be inspected to check:

– that it works properly
– it’s suitable for the vehicle

Steering and suspension

These will be inspected to check:

– their condition
– steering oil level
– they work correctly
– for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses
– that the steering lock mechanism works properly

The MILs or dashboard warning lights will also be checked for the electronic power steering and steering lock.

Vehicle identification number (VIN)

The VIN will be on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Your car will be inspected to check that a single VIN is displayed, except on multistage build vehicles (eg van conversion, BMW, Alpina etc).

If your vehicle fails the test and you disagree with the decision then you can ask for a complaint form. The form must be completed and sent to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) within 14 working days of the test.  You should not have any repairs made until the appeal process has finished.  More information can be found at the DVSA website 
Yes, you can wait in our waiting are, where we have free tea and coffee, and WiFi.


If you would like us to collect your vehicle for it’s MOT test and  then return it to you once the test has completed, ask when you book your appointment and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

We can collect and return your car from anywhere within a 5 mile radius of the Bushbury Test Centre.  If you would like us to collect from further afield, contact us to ask for our rates.

Need more help? Call us Tel: 01902 789319