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Maintaining your car properly is essential for road safety, therefore finding a garage you can trust is a priority.

Many people who buy new cars tend to go to the dealership where they purchased their vehicle for servicing and maintenance. Often, owners of new cars think they need to use the main dealer to adhere to the manufacturer’s warranty, but this isn’t the case.


As of 1st June, Hester's Garage in Fleet is one of four service garages of the F&H Group which serves domestic and commercial clients for MOT’s, car servicing, car repairs and auto-diagnostics testing.

The previous owners are retiring after many happy years of service and once we heard of their plans for retirement, we jumped at the chance to take over such a long established and well located garage. For us it is natural progression.

As of 20th May 2018, most vehicles manufactured or first registered over 40 years ago will be exempt from MOT testing unless they have been substantially changed.

Minor modifications will not be affected by the new MOT rules for classic cars and this has been confirmed by the Department of Transport.

More details can be found here on what is termed as ‘substantial change’

This year, the MoT test is changing.

New defect categories will be introduced while diesel cars will be subject to stricter emissions rules. Here’s an explanation of the main changes:

Defects will be categorised differently

Under the new rules, defects found during the MoT will be categorised as either Dangerous, Major or Minor.

  • Dangerous: a direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired. Fail.
  • Major: it may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately. Fail.
  • Minor: no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible. Pass.