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    • MSE Archna
    • By MSE Archna 12th Sep 05, 5:22 PM
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    Driving down the costs of MOT's/ discussion
    • #1
    • 12th Sep 05, 5:22 PM
    Driving down the costs of MOT's/ discussion 12th Sep 05 at 5:22 PM
    This discussion relates to the guide to

    Cheap MOT certificates and local council test centres
    which includes a full list of the special test areas

    Click reply to discuss.

    See an earlier incarnation of this discussion here.

    Last edited by MSE Martin; 14-09-2008 at 2:18 PM.
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    • DJChris
    • By DJChris 15th Sep 05, 4:40 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 4:40 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 4:40 PM
    The County Council's MOT Test Centre in Worcester is

    Sixways Depot, Off Junction 6, M5 (Next to the Rugby ground)

    Telephone 01905 753000

    • NOWSE
    • By NOWSE 15th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 5:07 PM
    Oldham Council due MOTs at their Operational Services Depot, Moorhey Street, Oldham. Tel no. 0161 911 4446.
    It cost 32 a fortnight ago when I took my van.
    • sdl811
    • By sdl811 15th Sep 05, 5:49 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 5:49 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 5:49 PM
    Anyone know of a Council run MOT center in Fife, Scotland?
    Signature what signature....
    • BobToo
    • By BobToo 15th Sep 05, 9:48 PM
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    • #5
    • 15th Sep 05, 9:48 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 9:48 PM
    Dunno about that but I find Motatest in Cupar very reasonable. They don't do repairs, other than tyres, and you get a free retest if you take it back within a fortnight. They seem to be pretty sensible about what does and doesn't pass.
    • themouse
    • By themouse 15th Sep 05, 9:51 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 9:51 PM
    Lancs Ambulance Service
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    • 15th Sep 05, 9:51 PM
    I got my car tested today at the Lancashire Ambulance Service Vehicle Service Centre in Preston.

    Although it failed they were able to repair it later in the day and they gave me a lift home (not in an ambulance tho!) so I could leave the car with them!

    The cost of the test and the repair were reasonable and the service was fantastic - I'll definitely be using them for servicing/MOT in the future.

    I also got one of those new style MOT certificates thet let you apply for your road tax online - it looks like somebody has dragged the DVLA into the 21st century!
  • Marvo434
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    • 15th Sep 05, 9:53 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 9:53 PM
    Another ESSEX one, Langston Road Depot in Loughton. First time I ever took a car there (years ago) the fella did the test then said "Hang on a mo" and disappeared. He came back with a new side light bulb and said "No point failing you for that, I'll mark it down to the next council car I service". Always pleasant, but they do prefer if you book.
  • AlanS
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    • 15th Sep 05, 11:19 PM
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    • 15th Sep 05, 11:19 PM
    The garage I've always gone to is Allesley Garage In Coventry.

    Usually they charge for an MOT with a free retest with 14 days, but every Saturday morning between 9 and 12 they do free "Pre-Mot Tests" ( there's a maximum age restriction on the car .. not sure what it is, but my car, a W reg, still qualifies ).

    Basically, if your car passes .... you pay to get your MOT certificate ... if it doesn't, you pay nothing. You can't lose.

    I've been going there for years. I don't know of any other garages locally to me which offer the same.

    Cost me 40 quid last Saturday.
  • smugcat
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    • 16th Sep 05, 12:49 AM
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    • 16th Sep 05, 12:49 AM
    Stevenage Borough Council, London Road has an MOT centre...but hurry...come April site being turned over to B & Q and Council in their widsom are discontinuing MOT :rolleyes:
    • martyn82
    • By martyn82 16th Sep 05, 7:57 AM
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    Drive the the cost of MOT's
    Bristol City Council, Fleet Services, carry out MOT's for members of the public.
    We can MOT Motorcycles, Cars, Minibuses, Motor-homes, Light goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes
    We do not carry out any repairs.
    If your vehicle fails it will need to be taken to another garage for repair.
    The MOT failure will outline what needs to be done and our experienced testers can explain any issues further.

    Our address is..

    Bristol City Council
    Fleet Services
    Sandy Park Road
    BS4 3NZ

    Tel 0117 9036 319 Appointments are neccessary.
    Please see the Bristol City Council website for more details.

    We charge 48 for the test (cars) and if it fails, its half price within 10 working days afterwards. Different fees for the other classes of vehicles apply.
    You can pay by Cash, and with most Credit/Debit Cards.
    Opening hours are 7am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and
    Fridays 7am to 4.30pm
    Last edited by martyn82; 15-08-2018 at 8:01 AM. Reason: Change of opening hours
    Kwik Fit are cheap
    I used Kwik Fit for my last MOT. If you book online ( it only costs you 25 (Though I did have to remind the guy at the till!)

    The only item that failed was the angle of the lights and they fixed they for free.
  • normanbea
    MOT Test Centres in Teesside Area
    Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Test Centre:-

    Vehicle Workshop
    Limerick Road

    01642 444979

    Middlesbrough Council Test Centre:-

    Cargo Fleet Lane

    01642 264586
  • madfrenchgirl
    Well there is not anything in Hampshire, but my local MOT centre is a scrapyard oerated one, they do not carry out repairs and dont try to mess you round as they absolutely have nothing to earn from it.

    The one I got to was the Aldershot Spare Centre, for those living arounf the Rushmoor borough.

    For everybody else I would recommend looking for the same types.
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    • M&M1
    • By M&M1 16th Sep 05, 11:38 AM
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    Tried phoning my local council and the girl didnt have a clue what I was going on about, so I dont suppose anyone has a number or an address for coventry City council.

  • Hoodsfanx
    Dorset County Council
    Wanchard Lane, DT2 9RP, 01305 228132
    MOT 35.00 - they do 8 a day only!
    They also do repairs!
  • AlanS
    Tried phoning my local council and the girl didnt have a clue what I was going on about, so I dont suppose anyone has a number or an address for coventry City council.

    by Michaela
    See my previous post ( on page 1 ) about Allesley Garage, Allesley, Coventry.

    Get yourself down there at 9am tomorrow morning and you'll only pay if it passes.
  • saverCol
    Been like this in Spain for years
    Lived in Majorca for 14 years. Only place to get an MOT is a government run garage. You sit in the car and it goes along a conveyer belt. First guy checks engine, next guy lights etc. And so it goes on. If you pass you get a sticker to put on you car. No sticker the police will stop you. If it fails you get so long to get it fixed.
    Great system.
  • rdj104
    In Hertfordshire the place I use is called Royton Express, not far from Junction 6 on the A1, (Welwyn) (not a council place)

    They do not do repairs, just drive through MOT tests, they charge only 26 as well.

    Every car I've taken there has either passed or failed with good reason.

    No booking required, just turn up.
    • rhysw
    • By rhysw 18th Sep 05, 1:25 AM
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    You may find that helps.
  • pink_pirate
    Please note that the entry in the Gov mot centers for East Sussex is Colaf, and should read "COLAS" and they are in Ringmer East Sussex. Happy Mot'ing !!!
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