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20 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 10 years of experience

Mobile motor mechanic covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole & New Forest. Qualified and fully insured, at Gentlemec Mobile Motor Services we specialise in routine servicing, MOT Repairs along with gen...

4 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 15 years of experience

We provide a wide range of professional services to meet your needs. We promise to provide every service with a smile and to your highest level of satisfaction. Quality in whatever we are faced with. This ...

29 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 34 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.

STUART, Poole 10th August 2022

Vauxhall Corsa • MOT with collection & delivery

13 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...

31 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...

69 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...

10 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...

ELLIE, PORTLAND 22nd November 2021

Kia Picanto • MOT with collection & delivery

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...

3 Reviews

Garage in Dorset, 6 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 &...

54 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 14 years of experience

Previous main dealer experience within Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Skoda, and VW. Also within the independent sector. All makes and models are welcome! Outside of the dealer networks, we are able to have a far larg...

130 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 15 years of experience

Starting my apprenticeship at Renault I then moved to a local independent garage where I spent 11 years building my mechanical knowledge. I then made the transition to self-employed were I offer a mobile ser...

291 Reviews

Garage serving Dorset, 19 years of experience

I began my career in Weybridge, Surrey for a number of garages picking up great experience to start me off before moving to the New Malden area for a number of years. Prior to setting-up my own business in 2...

Want to learn more about MOTs in Dorset?

Read our short guide with information on 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 is due by going to https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk and enter in your vehicle registration number. It will tell you when it was due (and also enable you to view its recent MOT history 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 the government's MOT check service (www.check-mot.service.gov.uk). Just enter your vehicle's registration number there and the website will show when it is (or was) due.

 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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