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Top Mechanics For Mots in Dorset

1 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 30 years of experience

RockHill Motors Ltd is the only AA Approved garage in the North Dorset and South Somerset area, we have been trading since 2018 and have experience in the motor trade for over 30 year. We service and repair...

5 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 9 years of experience

Cameron Robinson MOT & Transport working alongside Wood Welding MOT & Service centre to provide you mobile maintenance and repairs along with workshop availability for both MOT and more advanced repairs.

28 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 17 years of experience

When you stop We get going by sending out a FULLY equipped mobile workshop vehicle to you that can perform ANY job your usual garage can but without the hassle! Main dealer & independent garage experienc...

14 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 10 years of experience

Having completed many years in independent and specialist garages i the owner of Weymouth motor services has spent the last 5 years building a reputable and trustworthy business. My team and i strive to deal...

7 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 11 years of experience

Past 10yrs I’ve been working are a team in the army working on Land Rover, tanks and other military vehicles. For the past 4yr I’ve started working more and more on civilian cars. Maintenance and repairs alo...

38 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 40 years of experience

Targa Florio, located in Bournemouth, has been providing MOT Tests, Car Repairs and Car Service on all makes and model of vehicle. Our services include the latest Computerised Diagnostic Equipment that, c...

32 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 38 years of experience

We guarantee fast and reliable repair for your car. From simple oil changes to complex restorations, our highly qualified mechanics will do whatever it takes to get your treasured vehicle looking like new.

26 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 12 years of experience

Qualified and fully insured, at Gentlemec Motor Services we specialise in routine servicing, engine management diagnostics and vehicle repair and maintenance at our Bournemouth based garage. We also offer a ...

14 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 73 years of experience

We are a village garage and have been providing garage services to the local area since 1949 we are a family run business. Our services include: All vehicle repairs, Mot’s, servicing, winter checks and diagn...

82 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 21 years of experience

We are an independent family run business. We believe in providing our customers with high-quality service at low prices. We undertake all aspects of vehicle maintenance and restoration. We appreciate th...

19 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 26 years of experience

I did my apprenticeship with Bristol Truck and Bus and attended college for 6 years up to HNC level. I then worked for Daf trucks for 5 years before going to work in Germany for 12 months on US Army vehicles...

8 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 45 years of experience

At M H Automotive Ltd we have over 45 years experience in passenger and light commercial vehicles including industry leading diagnostic and repair equipment. We specialise in BMW, Mini and Renault vehicles b...

11 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 10 years of experience

We are a small business in the heart of Poole offering a friendly and reliable service that you can trust. Keeping your car regularly serviced and in a roadworthy condition is essential in reducing the likel...

1 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 18 years of experience

Carole's Motor Company has been serving the Poole, Bournemouth, Dorset area’s motor vehicle needs since opening in 2019. An Independent Toyota Garage, our Head Mechanic Tom Allen has 12 years experience as a...

50 Reviews

Mobile mechanic in Dorset, 9 years of experience

I have 9 years of experience in the auto repair industry. iv worked for a variety of garages for several years and have now decided to further pursue the mobile side of the industry. I can repair all makes &...

Frequently asked questions about MOTs in Dorset

Read our answers to questions about MOT costs, symptoms and more.

When is my MOT due?

Your next MOT due date will be stated on your last MOT test certificate. If you do not have your last test certificate to hand, you can check when your MOT expires by going to ClickMechanic's when is my MOT due date checker and enter your vehicle's registration number. It will tell you when the MOT is (or was) due and you can book your next MOT from there as well.

How long does an MOT take in Dorset?

Usually an MOT test in Dorset takes on average around 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. During that time a certified MOT tester will be able to check all the required points on the government sanctioned checklist.

How much is an MOT in Dorset?

With ClickMechanic an MOT in Dorset with collection & delivery costs £19 when booked together with a service (interim, full or major). When booked independently an MOT with collection & delivery through ClickMechanic costs £74. Pricing is the same regardless of location or type of vehicle.

When does my MOT run out?

You can find out when your MOT runs out via your last MOT test certificate. It will state the date until when the last MOT was valid. Alternatively, if you do not have the test certificate or can't find it, you can use ClickMechanic's MOT expiry date checker to find out when your MOT is (or was) due. Just enter your vehicle's registration number there and we'll get the MOT status instantly. From there, you can also book your next MOT online.

What does MOT stand for?

MOT stands for 'Ministry of Transport', so when we're talking about an 'MOT test' we're talking about a Ministry of Transport test. The test is a check to verify the condition of a vehicle, with any vehicle over 3 years old, 4 years in Northern Ireland, being legally required to have an MOT test carried out on a yearly basis. The MOT test is carried out at fixed premise garages that have a dedicated MOT bay and a qualified MOT tester.

What happens if I'm caught driving without an MOT certificate?

Driving without an MOT certificate is not only dangerous to you and others on the road but you could also be fined up to £1000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate.

Can Dorset garages offer home collection and delivery for an MOT test?

Yes, many garages in Dorset are able to offer collection and delivery for an MOT test. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for an MOT test in Dorset.

What can cause an MOT fail?

There are many reasons why a vehicle can fail its MOT, the most common ones include:

Tyres: The legal minimum tread depth is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around its entire circumference.
Lights: All bulbs must be working.
Brakes: The vehicle must be able to stop in a safe and controlled manner.
Suspension: The suspension must be in good working order, with no excessive wear or damage.
Bodywork: There must be no major rusting, damage or sharp edges.
Mirrors: Both mirrors must be present and securely attached.
Windscreen: The windscreen must be free of cracks, chips or other damage.

What should I do if my vehicle fails its MOT in Dorset?

When your vehicle fails its MOT test in Dorset, you'll be handed a ‘refusal of an MOT test certificate’ which will be permanently recorded in the database. This is the same across the country.

If your previous MOT test certificate is still valid and no 'dangerous' faults were recorded in the test then you can still take the vehicle away from the garage. Otherwise, you will need to repair the faults noted in the certificate before you can drive it again.

You can usually retest it for free at the original test centre as long as you return it before the next working day. You can also leave the vehicle for repairs at the garage. If the repairs are done within 10 days and the vehicle is retested within this period then you can do a partial retest which is free of cost.

How often should I get an MOT test?

If your vehicle is more than three years old (four years old in Northern Ireland), you must have an MOT test every year.

Remember, an MOT test is a legal requirement and must be done before your previous MOT certificate expires.

Should I get an MOT and Service together in Dorset?

Yes, it is advisable to service your at the same time as getting your MOT in Dorset, as this can help in sorting any potential problems before they become a serious issue and help your vehicle pass its MOT, and it can also save you time and money in the long run.

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