Charminster Garage is an approved VOSA MOT centre for Class 4 and can arrange Class 7 MOT’s with our partnered centre

All vehicles that are 3 years old or older are required by law to have an MOT test.  An MOT test is carried out yearly on your vehicle’s safety, roadworthiness and that it meets the environmental standards.

Many people have the misconception that by having an MOT carried out, that their vehicle has been serviced, will be roadworthy until the next MOT and generally does not require any further attention, this is not the case – the MOT should not be treated as a substitute for regular maintenance.

During the MOT we will inspect your vehicle in accordance to the VOSA criteria, to make sure your vehicle meets the legal standards; this doesn’t make assessment to the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox etc.

New MOT rules came into effect in May 2018, this saw defects being categorised, so what does this mean :-

MOT Pass

  • Pass = Meets the legal standard
  • Advisory = Your vehicle has passed the MOT but there is an issue that requires monitoring and repair in the future if it gets worse
  • Minor = Your vehicle has passed the MOT but there is an issue that needs addressing

MOT Failure

  • Major = Repair(s) are required to be carried out to pass the MOT
  • Dangerous = The vehicle cannot be driven until the fault has been repaired

Is your vehicle a Diesel engine?  When you schedule in for an MOT with Charminster Garage we will ask you as standard about your vehicles service history for example if your timing belt has been replaced recently – this is due the diesel engine being under load during the MOT test and to establish that the emissions test won’t damage the engine

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your vehicle and the MOT test, please speak with our team and we will be more than happy to assist you or alternatively why not schedule a Pre-MOT

MOT’s can be carried out up to 30 days prior to the expiry date.

Are you aware that if you are driving a vehicle without a valid MOT you can be fined up to £1,000 !!

Charminster Garage can help, by simply adding your details into our MOT reminder service on the website, or contact us on 01305 268858, and we will then send you a reminder 30 days before your MOT is due

MOT Reminder