MOT & Service

For competitively priced MOT’s, car or van servicing and repairs, look no further.

We come highly recommended for our expertise and have an unrivalled reputation within the Northamptonshire area.

We provide great customer service and can cater for all your MOT & servicing requirements. We have 6 fully equipped bays and factory-trained Technicians who specialise in every franchise from Alfa Romeo to Volvo.

We have the latest electronic diagnostic equipment and can deal with all manner of electrical problems, from reading ECU fault codes, to a simple air bag light on, to resetting service indicators. Our modern MOT test centre (pictured) is fully equipped with the latest ATL lane and our highly trained testers can usually provide a same day “whilst you wait” MOT, plus they will always willingly provide any help and assistance whatever your vehicle. Call us today to book your next MOT, car or van service, and experience the quality of our hospitality.

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Interim Service from £102

An interim service helps to maintain the performance and efficiency of your vehicle. Regular maintenance is important for prolonging the lifespan of a vehicle and reducing the need for repairs. Because of this, vehicles with a regular service history can often be deemed more desirable by used vehicle buyers and therefore they may retain a higher resale value.

This type of service is typically required if your vehicle covers a low amount of mileage annually (the UK national average is approx. 8,000 miles per year), but as every vehicle is different, you should always refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for guidance on what type of service your vehicle requires.

Full Service from £192

A full service will typically include all of the same checks that are performed during an interim service, plus additional checks on parts such as air & pollen filters. We can also remove drum brakes to inspect the brake shoes, carry out emission tests and change brake fluid, fuel filters and coolants on the more major services. This will help ensure your vehicle is safe for you and other road users.

Most vehicles will require a full service at least once per year, but as every vehicle is different, you should always refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for guidance on what type of service your vehicle requires.

When should I get an MOT?

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • The third anniversary of its registration
  • The anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.

Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

When's the earliest I can get an MOT?

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

My MOT has run out, what can I do?

You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
How does an MOT work?

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

You can watch the test from a viewing area, but you're not allowed to interrupt the tester.

The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit

What happens if my MOT fails?

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • You'll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
  • It will be recorded in the MOT database

Mileage reading

The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.

Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate. Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.

Failing the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

  • You'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
  • It will be recorded in the MOT database
  • You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong

Driving a vehicle that's failed

You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to have the failed defects fixed at a pre-arranged MOT test appointment.

You can be fined up to £2,500, banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.