What is checked in an M.O.T test?

An MOT is mainly a visual inspection of the brakes, steering, lights, suspension, chassis, electrical controls and safety equipment to make sure no components are unsafe for the road. Your car will also be subject to an emissions test and brake performance test.

A full item check list can be found on the governing website www.gov.uk/government/publications/mot-inspection-checklist-vt-29

How much does it cost?

The cost of an MOT is down to the testing station, however there is a limit on how much they can charge which is different on each specific class, the same applies with a retest.
This information is regularly updated by the DVSA but it is readily available on line. www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees
An MOT certificate is issued to confirm that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimal requirements of road safety standards. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate.
The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

At Unique Car Services we provide MOT’s for £40* which includes a FREE retest within 7 days so why not pop in or call us today 01908 566355

*Terms and conditions apply please call for more details.


We aim to provide the best possible service to all our customers.
Treat your vehicle with care and respect.
Ensure your vehicle is inspected by a trained and qualified member of staff.
Examine the vehicle and give an honest appraisal of the work required and all findings will be documented.
Provide a quotation including all associated charges before any work commences.
Inform you immediately of any complications or delays.
Ensure all work is Quality Checked by a trained and qualified staff member.
Where possible, show you all work that has been carried out.


  • How often should I service my car

    A motor vehicle should have a service inspection at least once a year or within the mileage specified by your manufacturer

  • How can I find out my tyre size

    Your tyre size is on the side wall of your tyre and it will also be in your user handbook

  • Can I supply my own parts for example tyres ,exhausts ,brakes and suspension components

    We prefer not to fit customers own parts due to not being able to warrant the integrity of the parts supplied

  • What happens if my car fails its MOT

    If a vehicle fails its MOT, it does not meet legal requirements and must be repaired to comply with MOT test standards. The MOT refusal will detail notes on the failures as well as advisory items that are suggested for attention but not yet outside of the requirements to pass the test. The retest time is 10 working days

  • What does my service include

    Both our interim service and full service includes essential checks, fluid level top ups and an oil and oil filter replacement. In addition, our full service includes the additional service parts for your engine be it a petrol or diesel engine

  • How can I tell if my exhaust is damaged or faulty

    One of the key parts of an exhaust is the silencer. This represses the sound produced by the engine through the exhaust. If the exhaust becomes corroded or there is a hole in the silencer the sounds are no longer muffled and the exhaust will become very noisy. This could also cause carbon monoxide to leak up into the vehicle which can be very dangerous.

  • How do I know if my brakes need attention

    If you have a brake warning light or symbol illuminated you should book in to be diagnosed asap. Other signs include a grinding noise when you apply your brakes which may indicate that the pads are excessively worn. If the car pulls to the left or the right, it probably means your brakes need some attention . also if you have a spongy brake pedal or a continuous pulsing, this may indicate a brake fluid leak.

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