MOT Test Centre in Birmingham

Regarding COVID-19

We are still open for all mechanical repairs for cars and bikes.

The Government have stated that all vehicles must be kept road safe during this time. Contact us on 0121 433 3088/0783 665 6906 to speak to Scott or Rachel.

We are taking every safe guide precaution for our customers. We even have a full-size glass panel fitted within our reception area which is kept shut for your safety.

The DVSA has now announced that any vehicle MOT that expires after the 1st August 2020 will not come under the category of the 6 months grace. If your MOT expires after the 1st August 2020, you can contact us to book your vehicle for a check.

We Are an Approved MOT Testing Centre

You can also have your car fully serviced with us at the same time as your MOT, helping you to reduce the inconvenience of multiple visits to the garage.

Partridge motors MOT test

What is an MOT?

You are required by law to have an MOT test if your vehicle is older than 3 years. An MOT is a safety check carried out annually to ensure your vehicle meets the minimum standards for safety and roadworthiness. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency are responsible for approving MOT test centres and MOT testers. Before having your MOT, it is always worth checking your lights are all working and your tires are in good order, to ensure your vehicle doesn't fail for easily fixable reasons. If your annual MOT is due, make sure you arrange an MOT test as soon as possible.

What is Included in an MOT Test?

An MOT test checks various parts of your vehicle, to ensure road safety and worthiness. These checks range from the mechanical parts of your vehicle to safety features such as seat belts. The following, while not a full list, can give you an idea of what is checked during your MOT:

  • Body / vehicle structure / general items
  • Fuel system
  • Seatbelts / SRS
  • Steering suspension
  • Wipers / washers
  • Windscreen
  • Electrical wiring & battery
  • Light
  • Registration plates
  • Bonnet
  • Tyres, wheels & TPMS
  • Brakes and brake fluid
  • Horn
  • Exhaust system
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Diesel particulate filter (DPF) tampering
  • Mirrors
  • Doors
  • Towbar
  • Boot / tailgate
  • Seats

What Vehicles can we Test?

We can test MOTs on class 1, 2 and 4 vehicles. We offer MOT certificates for all makes of vehicles including:

  • Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Small campervans we only repair and MOT up to a certain size
  • Light commercial vehicles

Cars from only £37.00.
Motorbikes from only £27.00.

What Commonly Causes a Car to Fail the MOT Test?

On first time MOT tests, nearly 2 in 5 fail. This is mostly due to minor faults that could have been fixed before the owner took the vehicle to be tested. Here are 5 of the most common reasons why a car fails its MOT:

  1. Screenwash that hasn't been topped up. This can be resolved in a few minutes, so make sure you don't get caught out.
  2. Dirty or cluttered car. Give your car a quick clean by removing clutter from the boot, and wiping down the windows and mirrors.
  3. Problems with the registration plate. If you have a personalised registration plate, make sure it follows the DVLA rules. Problems with the registration plate can include incorrect typeface or spacing, being dirty, or missing altogether.
  4. Items blocking the driver's view such as stickers. Make sure parking permits or anything else stuck to the windscreen are outside the wipers' sweep area.
  5. Warning lights lit up on the dashboard. If you have a lit-up warning light, make sure you know what it means, and sort out any of the underlying problems before you have your MOT test.

What Happens if My Car Fails its MOT?

If your car fails its MOT, we will give you a VT3O certificate which shows you all of the reasons that your vehicle has failed.

If your car has a dangerous fault, you will need to get it repaired before you can drive it again. We can give you a quote for fixing the issue, and get your car back on the road as soon as possible.

If your car has a major fault, you will only be able to drive it again if it is still roadworthy and your existing MOT has not expired yet.

If your existing MOT has run out and the car is roadworthy, you can drive it to have the faults fixed and to a pre-booked MOT. Alternatively, we can fix any of the issues while your vehicle is with us.

Remember, driving a car without an MOT under any other circumstances, or driving a car with dangerous faults, means you can be fined £2,500, be banned from driving and get three points on your licence.

If you're looking to have a car MOT in Birmingham, you can call us on 0121 433 3088 and a member of our friendly team will book you in.