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MOT Tests for Cars, Vans & 4X4s

MOT tests are available from 147 ATS Euromaster centres around the UK, with hourly appointments available at times to suit you. We help ensure that your car’s MOT goes as well as possible thanks to our free annual reminder service, online booking and useful MOT tips on how to help your car pass its test. 

What is an MOT Test?

An MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is an annual assessment of a car’s safety, emissions and roadworthiness, required by law in the UK for any car that is three or more years old. The checks ensure that your vehicle is safe for the driver and all passengers, as well as for other road users. 

MOT checks can only be carried out at garages with technicians that have been officially certified by the DVSA (formerly VOSA). Cars that do not have a valid, up-to-date MOT certificate are not legally allowed to drive on UK roads and may have their insurance invalidated. 

Most cars, 4x4s and vans undergo a Class 4 MOT, but motorbikes, goods vehicles (between 3,000-3,500kg) and vehicles with more than 12 seats are tested to different criteria. 

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Most MOT test failures are caused by easy to fix issues, such as lighting failures. See our interactive infographic to discover what is checked on an MOT and how you can help give your car its best chance at passing its MOT. 

*Class 4 MOT. £35 refers to usual ATS Euromaster online price for a Class 4 MOT. 

MOT tests are available from 147 ATS Euromaster centres around the UK, with hourly appointments available at times to suit you. We help ensure that your car’s MOT goes as well as possible thanks to our free annual reminder service, online booking and useful MOT tips on how to help your car pass its test. 

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Most common MOT failures 

Most MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be addressed at home, with lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure. These were the five most common areas of MOT failure in 2014/15 according to the DVSA:

Lighting and signalling: 18.4% of all tests (5 million)

Suspension: 12% of failures (3.3 million)

Brakes: 9.6% of failures (2.6 million)

Tyres: 7.4% (2 million)

Obstructions to driver’s view of the road: 6.6% (1.8 million)

What does an MOT check?

Class 4 and Class 7 MOT tests inspect the following areas:

  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Lights
  • Steering and suspension
  • Registration plate
  • Windscreen, wipers and washer bottles
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts and seats
  • Mirrors
  • Brakes, wheels and tyres
  • Bodywork Doors
  • Fuel system and emission levels 

 

Why choose ATS Euromaster for your MOT

At ATS Euromaster, we offer MOT testing at 147 centres nationwide and are approved by DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and the Department for Transport. Not only that, but our experienced team of experts are also qualified to carry out both Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs.

What is a Class 4 MOT?

Class 4 MOT tests cover:

  • Cars with up to 8 passengers
  • Motorised caravans/ camper vans
  • Three-wheeled vehicles over 450kg (curb weight)
  • Quad bikes up to 400kg (curb weight) or for goods vehicles 500kg (curb weight) and a maximum net power of 15 kw.
  • Dual Purpose Vehicles (vehicles designed to carry both passengers and goods, weighing no more than 2,040kg)
  • Taxis and ambulances
  • Private passenger vehicles with 9-12 passenger seats

What is a Class 7 MOT?

A Class 7 MOT is for commercial goods vehicles of weights between 3,000kg and 3,500kg. This covers most traditional commercial vans such as the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter and Renault Trafic.

How much does an MOT cost?

Our MOT prices vary from centre to centre, but if you book a Class 4 MOT test with us online, you will benefit from our exclusive online rate of just £35, a saving of £19.85 when compared to DVSA’s (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) recommended maximum price.

We also offer a Class 7 MOT test for only £49.99 online.  

MOT Reminder Service

Make sure you never forget your MOT again, join our MOT reminder service by clicking below

Join our MOT Reminder Service Today

How to book an MOT

MOT checks are available from 147 ATS Euromaster centres around the UK with hourly timeslots available. You can book an MOT test online, over the phone or in-centre for a time that suits you. MOT tests can be booked up to one month before your current MOT is due to expire.

How do I pass my MOT?

Just a few checks can help you reduce the chance of failing your MOT test:

  • Tyres: Check tread isn't below your tyre's tread-wear indicator
  • Lights: Ask a friend to help you check they're all working
  • Number Plate: Ensure it's well attached and free from damage
  • Wipers: Make sure both wipers don't smear or judder
  • Washers: Check spray lands on windscreen. If clogged, clear with a pin
  • Horn: Give it a too, just to make sure

For a comprehensive check list covered in the MOT, please click here to find out more.

There are 7 different classes of MOT:

Class I & II - Solus motor bicycles
Class II - Motor bicycles with side car combinations
Class III - Three wheeled vehicles
Class IV - Cars & Light vans; minibuses
Class IVA - Minibuses with additional seatbelts
Class V - Non-PSV minibuses and buses
Class VA - Non-PSV minibuses and buses with additional seat belts
Class VII - Light goods vehicles (gross weight of more than 3,000kg but not more than 3,500kg)

Please ask at your local ATS Euromaster Service Centre to find out which class of MOT test is offered.*

Is there a charge for an MOT Re-test?

There is a partial charge for a re-test, but there are instances when it's free:

1)      If your vehicle is left at the Testing Station for repair and re-test within 10 working days, and does not leave the Testing Station

2)      If your vehicle is returned to the same test centre for re-test by the end of the next working day for a partial re-test for one or more of these items: Access Panels, Battery, Bonnet, Bootlid, Brake Pedal Antislip, Break Glass Hammer (Class 5 vehicles only), Doors (including hinges, pillars and catches), Dropsides, Electrical Wiring, Emergency Exits and Signs (Class 5 vehicles only), Entrance Door Remote Control (Class 5 vehicles only), Entrance/Exit Steps (Class 5 vehicles only), Fuel Filler Cap, Headlamp Cleaning or Levelling Devices (that do not need a headlamp aim check), Horn, Lamps (excluding headlamp aim), Loading Door, Main Beam Tell-tail, Mirrors, Rear Reflectors, Registration Plates, Seatbelts (but not anchorages), Seatbelt Load Limiter, Seatbelt Pre-tensioner, Seats, Sharp Edges or Projections, Stairs (Class 5 vehicles only), Steering Wheel, Tailboard, Tailgate, Trailer Electrical Sockets, Towbars (excluding body around anchorage points), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Indentification Number, Widscreen Glass, Windscreen Wipers, Windscreen Washer, Wheels and Tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with a sidecar). 

If the vehicle is removed from the Testing Station for repair and returned for retest within 10 working days following the day of the intial failure, then only a partial retest is needed and a partial retest fee may be charged. 

What if I disagree with my MOT outcome? 

Our experts will always explain openly and honestly any reasons behind an MOT failure, however if you want to appeal your MOT test result, simply ask us for a VT17 form, available from all of our MOT testing stations. A VT17 form allows you to appeal against the outcome of your MOT and grants you an appointment for a DVSA retest within five days of you opening a case. 

Most common MOT failures 

Most MOT failures are caused by issues that are easy to identify and in many cases can be addressed at home, with lighting and signalling issues consistently being the most frequent area of MOT failure. These were the five most common areas of MOT failure in 2014/15 according to the DVSA:

Lighting and signalling: 18.4% of all tests (5 million)

Suspension: 12% of failures (3.3 million)

Brakes: 9.6% of failures (2.6 million)

Tyres: 7.4% (2 million)

Obstructions to driver’s view of the road: 6.6% (1.8 million)

What does an MOT check?

Class 4 and Class 7 MOT tests inspect the following areas:

  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Lights
  • Steering and suspension
  • Registration plate
  • Windscreen, wipers and washer bottles
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts and seats
  • Mirrors
  • Brakes, wheels and tyres
  • Bodywork Doors
  • Fuel system and emission levels 

 

Why choose ATS Euromaster for your MOT

At ATS Euromaster, we offer MOT testing at 147 centres nationwide and are approved by DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and the Department for Transport. Not only that, but our experienced team of experts are also qualified to carry out both Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs.

What is a Class 4 MOT?

Class 4 MOT tests cover:

  • Cars with up to 8 passengers
  • Motorised caravans/ camper vans
  • Three-wheeled vehicles over 450kg (curb weight)
  • Quad bikes up to 400kg (curb weight) or for goods vehicles 500kg (curb weight) and a maximum net power of 15 kw.
  • Dual Purpose Vehicles (vehicles designed to carry both passengers and goods, weighing no more than 2,040kg)
  • Taxis and ambulances
  • Private passenger vehicles with 9-12 passenger seats

What is a Class 7 MOT?

A Class 7 MOT is for commercial goods vehicles of weights between 3,000kg and 3,500kg. This covers most traditional commercial vans such as the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter and Renault Trafic.

How much does an MOT cost?

Our MOT prices vary from centre to centre, but if you book a Class 4 MOT test with us online, you will benefit from our exclusive online rate of just £35, a saving of £19.85 when compared to DVSA’s (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) recommended maximum price.

We also offer a Class 7 MOT test for only £49.99 online.  

MOT Reminder Service

Make sure you never forget your MOT again, join our MOT reminder service by clicking below

Join our MOT Reminder Service Today

How to book an MOT

MOT checks are available from 147 ATS Euromaster centres around the UK with hourly timeslots available. You can book an MOT test online, over the phone or in-centre for a time that suits you. MOT tests can be booked up to one month before your current MOT is due to expire.

How do I pass my MOT?

Just a few checks can help you reduce the chance of failing your MOT test:

  • Tyres: Check tread isn't below your tyre's tread-wear indicator
  • Lights: Ask a friend to help you check they're all working
  • Number Plate: Ensure it's well attached and free from damage
  • Wipers: Make sure both wipers don't smear or judder
  • Washers: Check spray lands on windscreen. If clogged, clear with a pin
  • Horn: Give it a too, just to make sure

For a comprehensive check list covered in the MOT, please click here to find out more.

There are 7 different classes of MOT:

Class I & II - Solus motor bicycles
Class II - Motor bicycles with side car combinations
Class III - Three wheeled vehicles
Class IV - Cars & Light vans; minibuses
Class IVA - Minibuses with additional seatbelts
Class V - Non-PSV minibuses and buses
Class VA - Non-PSV minibuses and buses with additional seat belts
Class VII - Light goods vehicles (gross weight of more than 3,000kg but not more than 3,500kg)

Please ask at your local ATS Euromaster Service Centre to find out which class of MOT test is offered.*

Is there a charge for an MOT Re-test?

There is a partial charge for a re-test, but there are instances when it's free:

1)      If your vehicle is left at the Testing Station for repair and re-test within 10 working days, and does not leave the Testing Station

2)      If your vehicle is returned to the same test centre for re-test by the end of the next working day for a partial re-test for one or more of these items: Access Panels, Battery, Bonnet, Bootlid, Brake Pedal Antislip, Break Glass Hammer (Class 5 vehicles only), Doors (including hinges, pillars and catches), Dropsides, Electrical Wiring, Emergency Exits and Signs (Class 5 vehicles only), Entrance Door Remote Control (Class 5 vehicles only), Entrance/Exit Steps (Class 5 vehicles only), Fuel Filler Cap, Headlamp Cleaning or Levelling Devices (that do not need a headlamp aim check), Horn, Lamps (excluding headlamp aim), Loading Door, Main Beam Tell-tail, Mirrors, Rear Reflectors, Registration Plates, Seatbelts (but not anchorages), Seatbelt Load Limiter, Seatbelt Pre-tensioner, Seats, Sharp Edges or Projections, Stairs (Class 5 vehicles only), Steering Wheel, Tailboard, Tailgate, Trailer Electrical Sockets, Towbars (excluding body around anchorage points), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Indentification Number, Widscreen Glass, Windscreen Wipers, Windscreen Washer, Wheels and Tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with a sidecar). 

If the vehicle is removed from the Testing Station for repair and returned for retest within 10 working days following the day of the intial failure, then only a partial retest is needed and a partial retest fee may be charged. 

What if I disagree with my MOT outcome? 

Our experts will always explain openly and honestly any reasons behind an MOT failure, however if you want to appeal your MOT test result, simply ask us for a VT17 form, available from all of our MOT testing stations. A VT17 form allows you to appeal against the outcome of your MOT and grants you an appointment for a DVSA retest within five days of you opening a case. 

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