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MOT Colchester

Mot Testing Centre 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.

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.

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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, which is actually now named after a defunct government department. The Ministry of Transport is, however, one of the ancestors of the Department for Transport.

How much does an MOT cost?

There's a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle. The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. You do not pay VAT on the fee. At All Trans Autos, we currently charge £49.36 for a car MOT and you an book your MOT online using our online booking system.

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 a car MOT take?

An average MOT test takes between 45 and 60 minutes, but there are a couple of other things to take into consideration. First, if your vehicle fails the test and repairs need to be made this will take longer. Whilst your vehicle is being MOT tested you can wait in our reception viewing area where you will be welcomed by our friendly receptionist.

Can I mot my car anytime?

Yes, you can have an MOT carried out on your vehicle at any time, but if it is taken more than a calendar month before the expiry of your current certificate, the new certificate will be valid for 12 months from the test date.

What happens when your car fails an MOT?

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 are MOT advisory notes?

Advisory notes 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.

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.