We have been a Class IV (car and light commercial vehicles, petrol and diesel) MOT testing station for more than 15 years and have a team of three mechanics who will carry out the MOTs. We went computerised in 2005, which means we are linked to a national database and thus each MOT has a specific time slot of 40 minutes. This testing station and all testing stations around the UK are overseen by The Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA). Their remit is to improve the roadworthiness standards of vehicles, to help make our roads safe.

What is an MOT

  • An MOT certificate confirms that your vehicle, at the time of the test, without dismantling it, met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law.
  • You only require an MOT once your car reaches three years old and then once a year from then onwards.
  • The MOT record will be entered on to a secure central database. You will then be given an A4 size MOT VT20 (pass) certificate or notification of failure. The certificate is your receipt for the MOT test and shows the information that is held on the database.
  • The certificate only relates to the condition of testable items at the time of the test and should not be regarded as evidence of their condition at any other time; evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle or that the vehicle fully complies with all aspects of the law on vehicle construction and use.
  • It does not mean the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and is not a substitute for regular maintenance.
  • You can renew your MOT up to 30 days before it expires without affecting your annual expiry date. You can check this by looking on the front of the pass certificate.
  • If you require additional information on your MOT status or history, please log onto www.motinfo.gov.uk and click on either ‘MOT Status Check’ or ‘MOT History Check.’ Extra information concerning MOT procedures can also be found on this site.

How much is an MOT?

At ACO Motors we charge £50, that’s a £4.85 saving from the Government’s recommended price.