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Local MOT Test Centre Near Me


To keep your vehicle roadworthy and keep drivers safe on the road. The UK government implemented a mandatory MOT Test to be carried out annually. This is to keep road users safe making sure all vehicles will pass a minimum standard of safety to be on the UK roads.

To make sure your vehicle has a valid MOT certificate, the UK government has provided a tool that will check the MOT status of a vehicle. Simply enter your vehicle registration, confirm your vehicle and the full details will be presented to you. This makes sure you know when the date of your MOT expires.

Howards Motor Group has 18 local dealerships which are all registered MOT test centres. Our vast network of MOT test centres ensures we are providing this service to our local community.

At each MOT testing station we offer you, the customer, the following:

mot while you wait
MOT

while you wait

free wifi
Free WiFi

in all our customer waiting areas

courtesy car
Courtesy car

is available **subject to availability**

collection and delivery
Collection & Delivery

service is available **subject to availability**

When you book your MOT test with Howards you can be assured that each MOT will be carried out by fully qualified and trained technicians. We only use genuine branded parts and fluids on your vehicle, maintaining your vehicle's warranty.


MOT Test Centre Near Me


Here are Howard's locations that offer MOT testing. You’ll notice we cover all Dorset and Somerset areas. Click on the location nearest to you and you’ll see each MOT test centre and their location. This way you can choose the MOT test centre that is right for you or that nearest to you.
mot test centre in weston-super-mare
MOT test Weston-super-Mare

MOT TEST CENTRES

mot test centre in taunton
MOT test in Taunton

MOT TEST CENTRES

mot test centre in dorches
MOT test in Dorchester

MOT TEST CENTRES

mot test centre in yeovil
MOT test in Yeovil

MOT TEST CENTRES

MOT FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


How Often Do You Need An MOT?

Do you own a car that is 3-years old or more? If so your car requires a valid MOT test certificate. This MOT certificate should be renewed annually, make sure you add a reminder on your calendar. It is your responsibility to make sure your car goes through an MOT check every 12-months. You are able to MOT your car 28-days before the MOT due date.


How Do I Know When My MOT Expires?

The MOT expiry date will be shown on your MOT certificate, make sure to make a note of this before filling this paperwork away. If you’ve bought your car from new here is no government MOT reminder that will be sent to you. You need to make a note or relay on the dealership you purchased your car from to send you a reminder.


What If My MOT Has Expired?

It’s a legal requirement that your car has an MOT certificate. If you own a car with an expired MOT you won’t be able to drive your car legally or renew your road tax. You could receive a fine for not having an up to date MOT certificate for your vehicle. It may also void your car insurance if your involved in an accident without an up to date MOT.


What Do I Need To Take With Me To My MOT Booking?

All you need is the car you have booked in for an MOT. Our MOT garage will be able to look up your vehicle on the DVSA database. This will give them your existing or previous MOT certificate. This is great news if you can’t find your MOT certificate.


What Gets Checked In An MOT?

Because the MOT is a legal safety requirement there are a stringent set of tests laid out by the DVSA. Your car must meet the minimum requirements for the following checks…

  • VIN (vehicle identification number) - is it present and legible
  • Registration Plate - they are looking at condition, security, legibility and format of letters
  • Lights - they are looking at condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicle’s lights
  • Steering and suspension - they are looking at steering and suspension components for correct condition and operation
  • Wipers & Washer Bottle - checking for correct operation
  • Windscreen - looking for chips and cracks that are bigger than 10m in the driver’s line f sight or 40mm elsewhere
  • Horn - does it work and is it effective
  • Seatbelts - checked for type, condition, correct function
  • Seats - checked for security
  • Fuel System - looking for leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals
  • Emissions - checking exhaust emissions against the guidelines of the vehicle
  • Bodywork - does it have excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas
  • Doors - that they function correctly and latch securely
  • Mirrors - condition and security of mirrors
  • Wheels & Tyres - there are a few key points to look at such as condition, security, tyre size, type and depth
  • Brakes - making sure they perform efficiently are in good condition and operation.

Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of lenders and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

We can introduce you to a selected panel of lenders, which includes manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent. An introduction to a lender does not amount to independent financial advice and we act as their agent for this introduction. Our approach is to introduce you first to the manufacturer lender linked directly to the particular franchise you are purchasing your vehicle from, who are usually able to offer the best available package for you, taking into account both interest rates and other contributions. If they are unable to make you an offer of finance, we then seek to introduce you to whichever of the other lenders on our panel is able to make the next best offer of finance for you. Our aim is to secure the best deal you are eligible for from our panel of lenders. Lenders may pay a fixed commission to us for introducing you to them, calculated by reference to the vehicle model or amount you borrow. Different lenders may pay different commissions for such introductions, and manufacturer lenders linked directly to the franchises that we represent may also provide preferential rates to us for the funding of our vehicle stock and also provide financial support for our training and marketing. But any such amounts they and other lenders pay us will not affect the amounts you pay under your finance agreement, all of which are set by the lender concerned. If you ask us what the amount of commission is, we will tell you in good time before the Finance agreement is executed. All finance applications are subject to status, terms and conditions apply, UK residents only, 18’s or over. Guarantees may be required.

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