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In our fully equipped autocentres located in Paignton, Torquay and Newton Abbot, we offer MOT tests & have become one of the leading car mechanics in Devon for providing professional and affordable vehicle repairs, MOT’s and garage services.

MOT tests are required by law to ensure that your car or van is roadworthy. If your vehicle is older than three years, it must be inspected once a year to ensure that it is road legal and, more importantly, safe to drive. Our expert team and fully equipped garage can perform tests on all makes and models of car and van at very competitive prices.

What Is Checked During An MOT Test?

The purpose is to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and safe to drive. As a result, many of your vehicle’s functional components must be inspected on a yearly basis. The inspection entails a thorough examination of your vehicle to ensure that it is in good working order.

Unless there are any repairs needed, an MOT test takes about an hour on average. It may take longer depending on whether any repairs are required and the extent of the repairs required to get your car back on the road. Our trained mechanics will keep you informed throughout the process and will notify you if any faults need to be repaired before the work is completed.

The following components are checked:

  • Doors, bonnet, boot and bodywork of the vehicle
  • Mirrors
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Windscreen, wipers and washers
  • Fuel system
  • Registration plates
  • Lights
  • Exhaust system and emissions
  • Steering and suspension
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Car horn
  • Load security
  • Brakes

What Is Required For An MOT Test?

Those specifications must be followed by the vehicle. An inspection is not required by law if your car is less than three years old. This is also true if the vehicle is older than 40 years old, providing no substantial changes have been made in the last 30 years.

If the vehicle is between these years, however, an inspection is required. To pass the inspection, your vehicle must not only be of legal driving age, but also be operable! If one of our dependable mechanics is unable to drive your car due to a malfunction, an automatic fail will occur. So, to save money, finish some major repairs before your next exam!

The final requirement is proof of the previous year’s certificate. This is required in order to insure and tax your vehicle, so it’s best to store your MOT certificate in a safe place.

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What To Do Before Your MOT Test

Before your test, it’s a good idea to inspect some of your car’s components. This can mean the difference between your vehicle failing or not.

Windscreen & Wipers

Although it may seem self-evident to check these before your test, they are frequently overlooked. To be road legal, your windscreen wipers must be in good working order. If your wipers are not effectively clearing your windscreen, they may need to be replaced.

Similarly, a test will fail if you have a crack or chip in your windscreen that is larger than 40mm. Before you take the test, make sure your windscreen and wipers are in good working order.


For your vehicle to be roadworthy, it must have all of the front and rear lights working. This is simple to check prior to your test. Simply inspect your headlights, high beams, brake lights, and any other exterior lights.

If you have lights that need to be replaced before your MOT, please let us know so we can schedule an appointment for you before your test.


Tyres frequently go bald, so it’s critical to inspect them on a regular basis. Your vehicle will fail a test if your tyres are bald at the time of the inspection. If you need new tyres, let us know before your test date so we can get them installed for you.

Oil, Fuel & Other Levels

It’s critical to keep track of your car’s levels and check them on a regular basis. Engine oil, windscreen wash, coolant, and brake and power steering fluid are all examples. All of these can be checked before your test and, if necessary, topped up to the required level.

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We can effectively test the emission levels your car produces if you have enough fuel in your vehicle at the time of your test, which is just one of the components of the test.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your car fails, it must be repaired and retested. You cannot legally drive your car on the road until the repairs have been made and a certificate issued. Some repairs can be carried out onsite at the test centre on the same day, and we will always advise you upfront about any work that needs to be done.

If your vehicle is undergoing its first MOT then a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) is required, this document is also required if your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since its last test. In all other instances no documentation is required.

Many failures we see every day could be prevented by drivers carrying out some simple checks before bringing their vehicle in. Common avoidable faults include light bulbs, tyre condition and pressure, mirrors, wipers and washers.

The AMS test takes 45 minutes, however please allow up to an hour in case any minor repairs are needed. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment (you can bring your car in any time from opening onwards).

Find An AMS MOT Test Centre Today

We have several fully equipped test centres situated around Devon so you can be sure that you are never very far away from an AMS tyres autocentre. Our Garages are located in:

  • Paignton
  • Torquay
  • Newton Abbot
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