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MOT Testing in Marlborough

If your vehicle is due for an MOT test, please contact us and we would be happy to book your vehicle in to our Marlborough MOT centre at your convenience.


Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.


The test takes around 45 minutes and can be carried out While you wait. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months.


Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. You can check the MOT status of a vehicle here.


Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by DVSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT. You can have the test up to 28 days before the actual expiry date and the new certificate updated to include any unused days so that no time is lost.


The MOT Certificate


The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle, for example, the test doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. The MOT test is not a substitute for regular maintenance and you should always have your vehicle serviced at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Please contact us if your vehicle requires maintenance, repairs or a service as we can service all makes and models of vehicle.


When your vehicle is tested at a testing station your test record will be entered on to a secure central database. You’ll then be given either an A4 size MOT (pass) certificate or notification of failure. The certificate is your receipt for the MOT test and shows the information that’s held on the database.


The MOT 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

  • Evidence that the vehicle fully complies with all aspects of the law on vehicle construction and use


The certificate is no longer proof of an MOT and shouldn’t be relied on as such. Only the computer record can prove a vehicle has a valid MOT. You’ll also be given an Advisory Notice for any recommended repairs for the vehicle at the time of the test.


What the MOT test includes


The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test.


The body and vehicle structure

Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.


The fuel System

Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.


The exhaust emissions

The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.


The exhaust system

Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.


The seat belts

All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.


The seats

The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

Components to be inspected


The doors

Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.


The mirrors

The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.


Load security

Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.


The brakes

Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.


The tyres and wheels

Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.


The registration plates

Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.


The lights

Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.


The bonnet

Securely latches in the closed position.


The wipers and washers

Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.


The windscreen

Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.


The horn

Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.


The steering and suspension

Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.


The vehicle identification number (VIN)

Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.


Our Marlborough MOT test station has designated test bays where the test is conducted, using a range of equipment that meets the required specification for MOT testing. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual that we make available on request.


If your vehicle has failed the test, you’ll be given a failure document with reference to this manual. You can watch the test from a designated viewing area but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working.


All MOT testers have been on a training course with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and their test results are checked regularly.


Thomas Bailey (Tom) Co-owner - brother to Lydia! Tom started his career in the automotive industry with an apprenticeship achieving a Gold City & Guild award. Tom has extensive knowledge on vehicles old and new. Tom is our nominated tester (NT) for MOT's. Tom is very approachable should you ever feel like calling in with any vehicle related queries you may have. 


Tom Bailey

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Lydia Leighfield (Lyd) Co-owner - sister to Tom! Lydia has a wealth of knowledge of the automotive industry having been part of it for 18 years. Lydia is the Authorised Examiner (AE) for MOT's. Lydia has many 'hats' here at the garage and is the voice greeting you on the end of the phone!


Lydia Leighfield