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MOT Colchester

Trusted Mot Centre in Colchester for Cars, Vans, Motorhomes and Minibuses

By DVSA qualified MOT technicians in Colchester

The Ministry of Transport (MOT), introduced MOT tests on a vehicle in 1960 to ensure they were safe on our roads. The original MOT test was basic and only included brakes, lights and steering, very different from today’s MOT tests.

A car brought from new does not require its first MOT until it is 3 years old, but will then require one every 12 months.

At All Trans Autos Ltd, our DVSA qualified MOT technicians have been carrying out MOT’s for many years giving our customers peace of mind.

When the car service and MOT are booked together, discounts are available, contact us on 01206 576641 to find out more and confirm your booking.

All Trans Autos Ltd provide MOT’s in Colchester for:

  • Class 4 Cars / Motorhomes / Vans up to 3000KG DGW / Minibuses up to 12 passenger seats
  • Class 5 Private passenger vehicles / Ambulances / Dual-purpose vehicles with 13 or more passenger seats.
  • A class 5 light vehicle (5L) is a smaller class 5 that is limited to 5,000kg design gross weight (DGW).
  • Class 7 Vans over 3000kg up to 3500kg

Some pick up trucks fall into this category due to DGW

Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.

HGV MOT Testing and PMI’S

All Trans Autos Ltd can provide HGV’s MOT testing in Colchester, preparation for the test and PMI inspections. Contact us on 01206 576641 for more information.

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Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button below, choose the service you would like and confirm a date and time.

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The Items Checked as A Part of The MOT Test

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Battery

Starting & Charging: The car battery must be secure and not show any signs of leaking.

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Brakes

A computerised brake performance test is carried out to check braking. The computer advises us if the efficiency of the brakes meets the standards or not.

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Body

An inspection is made of the body, chassis, engine mountings, seats and doors. All areas must be free from excessive corrosion and must not have any sharp edges that may cause injury.

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Emissions

Our gas analyser probe will be used with the engine is running to test the smoke emitted from the exhaust. Emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons must meet the legal limit.

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Electrical Wiring

Wiring must be secured and not damaged where it may short circuit or become detached in any way.

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Exhaust System

The exhaust will be inspected to ensure it is secure and leak free. If your car was originally fitted with a catalytic converter or DPF, it must be present on the vehicle.

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Fuel System

The fuel system is checked for leaks and the fuel tank cap must fit and seal correctly.

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Horn

The horn must emit a continuous note and must be loud enough to be heard by other road users.

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Lights

The lights on your vehicle must be Correctly positioned and secure, Not obscured, In good condition, Show the correct colour, Not affected by the operation of any other light, Illuminate with a single operation of the switch

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Mirrors And Wipers

Your rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must be correctly fitted and provide adequate views to the rear and side. The wipers and washers must sweep a wide enough area to give the driver an adequate view.

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Registration Plates

Registration plates must be fitted at the front and rear of the car. The plates must be secure and clearly legible if standing 20 metres away. The characters on the plate must meet current legislation and be correctly represented so not likely to be misread.

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Steering

Your car or vans steering is checked for strength and condition. It is also inspected for wear or damage. If steering has a locking device, it’ll be tested to ensure it only locks when the engine is not running. Power steering must have the minimum level of power steering fluid.

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Suspension

Suspension components including shock absorbers will be checked for excessive corrosion, fractures or damage. The condition of the brakes, pedals and levers are inspected.

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Speedometer

A speedometer must be fitted, and the tester will check that it can be illuminated.

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Tyres

Any tyre must be of the correct speed and load rating for the vehicle. Tread depth must not be below the legal limit & tyres will be checked for any cuts or damage. For run-flat tyres, the warning light must operate correctly.

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Windscreen

There must not be any damage or obstruction to the view directly in front of the driver larger than 10mm. Outside this area (but within the swept area), there must not be any damage or obstruction larger than 40mm.

MOT FAQ’s

What does MOT stand for?

MOT stands for Ministry of Transport, but is most commonly used when referring to the vehicular safety test of the same name. The MOT, developed by the now-dissolved Ministry of Transport, was implemented in the 1960s, and remains a legal requirement to this day. Designed to test the roadworthiness of all vehicles across the country, the MOT must be undertaken by all cars over three years old as a legal requirement.
This test involves the inspection of the main components of a vehicle, such as the steering wheel and brakes, alongside additional systems, such as fuel and electrical wiring for any issues which may impact the safety or roadworthiness of the vehicle.
Nearing your MOT expiry date? Book a test today using All Trans Autos’ simple online booking system, and let us do the rest.

How much does an MOT cost?

The cost of an MOT is dependent on vehicle type undergoing testing, and how much your chosen testing station charges, however, MOT costs are capped by the government. Cars must cost no more than £54.85, and standard motorcycles no more than £29.65. VAT is not applied to this fee.
All vehicles over three years old are legally required to have a valid MOT pass certificate – with very few exceptions. Driving a vehicle without this could result in fees up to £1000, or prosecution.
All Trans Autos currently charge £49.36 for a car MOT, but are able to provide MOTs for other vehicles, such as HGVs, vans, and private passenger vehicles. Book your car in for its MOT using our simple online booking system here, or contact us for more information.

Can I drive without MOT?

You are only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired IF you've booked in for the test and that's where you're driving to. If you're stopped on the way you MUST be able to prove that you have an appointment with an MOT centre.

How long does an MOT take?

MOTs generally take between 45 to 60 minutes from start to finish – however, if the test reveals issues with the vehicle, or the vehicle fails, the additional work required to bring all components up to passing standard may take more time.
Our customers are welcome to make use of our reception waiting area for the duration of their vehicle’s MOT, and for any repairs. Here, you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist, who will answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you may drop off and pick up your vehicle – our friendly team of experts will provide you with a time estimate for the test, or any repairs undertaken, meaning you can go about your day without interruption.
Book your MOT today using our simple online booking system, or contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to help you.

Can I MOT my car anytime?

An MOT may be carried out on a vehicle at any time. If the test is taken more than a calendar month before the expiry of your existing certificate, a new certificate will be issued if passed. This certificate will be valid for 12 months from the most recent test date.
It is important to note that, depending on your needs, a service may be a more suitable option if your vehicle has already recently passed its MOT.
One of our friendly team members will be happy to advise you on which of our services here at All Trans Autos is best for you, and your vehicle. Contact us today.

What if my vehicle fails its MOT?

Though most people think of the MOT test as pass/fail, there are actually five potential outcomes – pass, advisory, minor defect, major defect, or dangerous defect.
Major and dangerous defects will result in MOT failure, as they significantly affect the safety of the vehicle. Vehicles with these faults cannot legally be driven, unless their current MOT is still valid – in which case they may only be driven to a garage to receive repairs. The driver must be able to produce evidence of this, or may face fines or prosecution.
Any vehicles failing their MOT under the inspection of All Trans Autos will be provided with a list of failing items and issues, alongside a price estimate. If you choose to proceed with the work required to bring the vehicle up to a passing standard, we will re-test your vehicle for free.

What are MOT advisory notes?

Advisory notes are parts on a vehicle that have passed the MOT test but will require attention in the near future – for example – tyres with tread nearing the minimum acceptable level, or worn brake pads.
It is legal to drive a vehicle with advisories, however, it is recommended to keep an eye on all noted issues, as they may become problematic fairly soon after the MOT test is undertaken. All Trans Autos can provide an estimate for the repair or replacement of these items as part of our MOT service, and will be happy to repair or replace any parts listed as advisories on the day of, or after your MOT.
Whilst your vehicle is being, tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist. Repairing advisories may add additional time to your stay – in this case we will be happy to work to your schedule, and arrange an appointment for further adjustments following an MOT.

What is an MOT?

The MOT test is an annual vehicular safety assessment undertaken by all cars over three years old. This test is designed to ensure the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles, and protect other road users, alongside the environment.
MOTs should not be confused with services – the MOT must be passed on a yearly basis as a legal requirement, whereas services are highly recommended. An MOT ensures a vehicle meets the minimum standards of roadworthiness, whilst a service keeps it running in peak condition.
MOTs are carried out at registered testing stations, which can be identified by their official blue ad white MOT signage. There are around 21,000 of these stations around the country, some existing as independent businesses dedicated to testing, and some as part of a garage, such as All Trans Autos. Garage testing has many advantages – the most obvious being that any issues discovered during the MOT can be rectified on site. We think of this as one of the many reasons why All Trans Autos is a leading provider of MOTs in Essex. Book your MOT with us today using our simple online booking system, and let us do the rest.

What is included in an MOT?

The MOT test involves the inspection of dozens of aspects of a vehicle. Listed below are just some on the primary points of inspection;
· Battery
· Breaks
· Body
· Emissions
· Electrical Wiring
· Exhaust System
· Fuel System
· Horn
· Lights
· Mirrors and Wipers
· Registration Plates
· Steering
· Suspension
· Speedometer
· Tyres
· Windscreen

For further information, please refer to the main page above, where all parts of our MOT service are listed in detail.

How can I check when my MOT is due?

The easiest way to check when your MOT is due is to look at the date on your MOT certificate if issued within the last 12 months. If this date is longer ago than 12 months, you must book an MOT in order to be able to legally drive. Cars without an MOT can only be driven to a testing centre.
If this certificate has been lost, garages and testing centres can provide a copy, generally for a fee of £10. In addition to this, are other ways to check when your MOT is due.
You can check the MOT history of a vehicle, including dates, previous results, and listed issues, on the Government's "Check MOT History" page.

Can I drive without an MOT?

You are only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired IF you've booked in for the test and that's where you're driving to. If you're stopped on the way you MUST be able to prove that you have an appointment with an MOT centre.
If your vehicle has failed its MOT test, but its certificate is still valid, you may be allowed to drive to a garage or repair centre in order to rectify any outstanding issues. This exception does not include any vehicles found to have major defects (also known as dangerous defects or issues), which have a significant impact on vehicle and passenger safety. Any vehicle with defects at this level cannot legally be driven until repairs have been undertaken.

What is a major MOT fault?

Though most people think of the MOT test as pass/fail, there are actually five potential outcomes – pass, advisory, minor defect, major defect, or dangerous defect.
Vehicles passing their MOT will be issued with a certificate, and should not require further testing until the specified expiry date in 12 months’ time. Vehicles with an advisory may still legally be driven, however, will most likely be subject to performance issues in the near future. Examples of parts likely to cause an advisory include tyres nearing the minimum tread limit. Minor defects will not result in a fail, but should be fixed as soon as possible.
Major and dangerous defects will result in MOT failure, as they significantly affect the safety of the vehicle. Vehicles with these faults cannot legally be driven, unless their current MOT is still valid – in which case they may only be driven to a garage to receive repairs. The driver must be able to produce evidence of this, or may face fines or prosecution.

If your car fails the MOT test?

You will receive a list of the items that have failed. We will provide you with an
accurate estimate and once authorised the repairs will be carried out and the vehicle re-tested free of charge.

What is an advisory item?

Advisory items are parts on the car that have passed the MOT test but will require attention in the near future. We can provide an estimate for these items if required.

Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.

Book Online

Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button below, choose the service you would like and confirm a date and time.

MOT Client Testimonials

John P.

All Trans Autos are a friendly and professional team to work with. I couldn’t recommend a better car garage in Colchester to hire a van, get your car service, MOT or any other car servicing requirements. Cheers guys!

Kevin F.

Very helpful, friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend them. Thanks for a great Car Service and MOT.

Emma F

Great service and friendly people. They managed to do the car service and MOT and get parts during the pandemic without hassle. Easy online booking and regular updates. Couldn’t ask for more.

Annie S.

Lovely reception/booking-in lady. Easy to follow COVID requests. MOT diagnostics carried out & explained clearly. Would recommend.

Antoni G.

Never had any problems at all. Using All Trans Autos for my MOT and Car Service for the last 8 years.

Kev

Great MOT company. Diagnosed three faults on my Freelander. Detailed invoice and costs that are not outrageous. I was recommended them by the RAC man who got me back on the road and was told they had spent a fortune on diagnostic gear so were ‘guaranteed’ to find the fault.

Yvonne O.

Thanks again for more upkeep work on my car. I’d highly recommend All Trans on all accounts. Their MOT prices have always seemed fair and their front desk staff are knowledgeable without condescension (which, stereotypically, as a female customer, can be frustrating). With each MOT fix, I have been given aftercare advice and been shown any defective parts, as well as non-defective ones to take home (recommended to change by the Land Rover dealer but not entirely necessary)!

Kirk P.

Completely happy with All Trans Autos. Owner Richard is very professional. The office staff are very polite and helpful. John the mechanic was very good at his job, Once again, thank you all for your help with my car servicing and MOT.

Natalie F.

Thank you All Trans for the speedy car service. Been searching for a reliable friendly garage for ages, now my search is finally over. Thank you again, I’ll definitely be back from my car service and MOT!

Linda S.

A great friendly garage. They look after my car and my lorry for car service and MOT. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend them to anyone.

Jackie E.

Thank you for the excellent car service and repairs to my car in the MOT. Also for your kindness shown to me on this occasion. Much appreciated. Will definitely be visiting again.

Becky R.

Very professional family run business, great knowledge regarding car repairs and car servicing. Also very reasonable rates for van hire. Can’t recommend enough, lovely people and great car service.

Jim L.

I have known this garage for many years and they have been very professional in all parts of the company, from van hire to car servicing, MOT and car repairs. I would certainly recommend them, try them and you will see I am right.