MOT Checks and Tests Completed by Trained Mechanics in Sidmouth, Devon

Without a valid MOT, your car isn't classed as legal or roadworthy. At East Devon Garage Ltd, in Sidmouth, Devon, our committed vehicle mechanics are able to make sure that your car is tested at a reputable centre, making sure that your car is running legally and efficiently. As well as offering servicing and repairs, we're here to ensure that your vehicle is safe while on the road.

Independent Testing

Although our car garage doesn't have its own facilities to carry out the test onsite, we make sure that it is taken to an independent centre who can. Taking your car to an authorised testing station, you can rest assured knowing the MOT is carried out by a team of skilled professionals. If your vehicle fails the MOT, you can be assured that we are not trying to gain any additional repair work.

Is the MOT nearly up on your car?

If your vehicle is 3 years or older, the law states that your vehicle needs to receive an annual safety check. The purpose of an MOT is to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum safety level required by law.

What Happens in an MOT?

During the MOT, the nominated tester, a person authorised by the government body called VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), will conduct an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle. This includes the interiors and exteriors as well as under the bonnet and under the vehicle itself. The result of each check is recorded - if the vehicle passes a VT20 certificate is issued, if the vehicle fails to meet the required standard, a VT30 document is issued. Advisory items are those that are not yet classed a fail but something to keep your eye on.


Your Responsibility to Book In

Please be aware that it your sole responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is booked in for a test every 12 months. Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by VOSA means police and mobile camera units can now remotely check to see if your vehicle has a valid certificate. The penalty for not having an up-to-date certificate could be a fine. Also, if the vehicle is involved in an accident you may be asked to produce your MOT certificate. An insurance claim is likely to be affected by the absence of your MOT, especially in the case of injury.

What If Your Car Fails Its MOT?

If the vehicle fails its MOT and it does not meet legal requirements, it must be repaired to comply with current standards. The notes on the back of the report that your nominated tester gives you will help you recognise issues. In the event that you think the nominated tester has been unfair, you can appeal against the decision. Ask for a VT17 form that explains what to do.

Contact our qualified vehicle mechanics today, in Sidmouth, Devon, to book your car in for an MOT.