Fleet MOT Centre - Foster & Heanes is an Approved MOT Test Centre
MOT Tests in Fleet – Only £39.95
Foster and Heanes are an Approved MOT Test Centre. We offer MOTs on all makes and models of car and light commercial vehicles and will ensure your vehicle is safe, reliable and conforms to legal requirements.
Our fully licensed MOT Test Bays use the latest MOT Testing technology. Foster & Heanes carry out Class 3 and 4 MOT Testing, and have one-man test bays which enables a single technician to carry out the MOT test on your vehicle, making it a much more personal and efficient process.
FREE MOT Re-Tests if returned within 10 working days
Many garages charge for MOT re-tests, but with us it is FREE! Should your car fail the MOT and you choose to get the repairs done elsewhere, as long as you return the car within 10 working days, we will re-test the car for free.
You can choose to receive your MOT reminder by post or email one month before your MOT is due, giving you plenty of time to get the car booked in at a date and time convenient to you.
FAQs on MOTs
What parts are tested during a Car MOT?
Introduced in 1960, an MOT is the ‘Ministry of Transport’ Test, an annual test of vehicle safety that is carried out by Approved MOT Test Centres. This is a legal requirement for most cars over three years old which are being used on public roads in Great Britain. Foster & Heanes is one of about 20,000 local car repair garages who are authorised to perform testing and issue certificates.
In the 1960’s an MOT only tested braking, steering and lighting equipment but over the years, new parts and standards have been introduced to comply with latest safety legislations and now include checks on the following:
- Seats and Seat belts
- Warning lamps
- Switches (position lamp, headlamp, hazards)
- View to front, wipers & washers
- Brake controls, servo operation
- Steering wheel & column
- Doors, mirrors, horn
- Exterior checks
- Registration plates
- Lamps, registration plate lamps
- Indicators, hazards
- Headlamps & aim
- Stop lamps, fog lamps, reflectors
- Wheels, tyres
- Shock absorbers
- Mirrors, wiper blades, fuel tank cap
- Doors, boot lid, loading doors, bonnet
- General condition of body
Under bonnet checks
- Vehicle structure
- Braking systems
- Exhaust systems, fuel system
- Speed limiter (if applicable)
- Steering & power steering components
- Suspension components
Under vehicle checks
- Steering including power steering
- Drive shafts (if applicable)
- Suspension, shock absorbers
- Wheel bearings
- Wheels & tyres
- Brake systems & mechanical components
- Exhaust system
- Fuel system & fuel tank
- Structure, general vehicle condition
What is the MOT Scheme?
Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year to ensure that it complies with at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards. If you have a vehicle that is more than three years old, it will need an MOT test. In some cases, such as for private passenger vehicles, it may require an MOT when it is one year old. You can check if this applies to your vehicle by visiting https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees
Your car can have the annual MOT test within 1 month of expiry, and once passed, any time remaining on the old certificate will be added to the new one. This ensures that your MOT expiry will always be at the same time each year.
Since MOT computerisation it is now possible to check a cars MOT history online. If you are unsure when your cars MOT is due, you will need to check the authenticity of an MOT certificate for a car you are purchasing, or if you have recently purchased a car without an MOT, then check out the vehicle's MOT History.
What happens after the MOT test?
You will receive an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered onto the secure central MOT database if your vehicle passes the test.
Mileage information on the test certificate
Test certificates issued after November 2012 show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime. This is shown on the certificate as the ‘odometer reading and history’.
If an earlier mileage is higher than a later one, this could be due to:
- A mistake by a previous MOT tester
- A speedometer replacement
- ‘clocking’ or tampering with your vehicles mileage
What do I do if my car fails the MOT test?
We will give you a ‘notification of failure’ and it will be recorded in the secure central MOT database. You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (i.e you got it tested before the expiry date), however, you might be stopped by the police and prosecuted if your vehicle is unroadworthy.
If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired you cannot drive the car, therefore you must either have the repairs done at the test centre at that time, or you can arrange to have the vehicle towed away for repair. Your vehicle must, however, be returned to us to re-test within 10 working days.
How much is an MOT Retest?
If you would like us to undertake the repairs, we can offer a partial retest free of charge, which means we will only check the aspects the car failed on.
Should you choose to take the car away, as long as you bring it back to us for a retest within 10 working days, we will do an MOT retest free of charge. This does depend on what it fails on, so please check with us before you leave.
I have lost my MOT Certificate, what can I do?
If you have lost your MOT certificate, you can get a duplicate certificate from us. We will need the vehicle registration number and either the original MOT test number, or V5C document reference number, found on the Registration Certificate. There is a £10.00 charge for a duplicate certificate.
What vehicles are exempt from MOT?
If your vehicle is less than 3 years old or was made before 1960, you will not need an MOT Certificate. To be sure, please check www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot as some exemptions do apply.
How do I join the MOT Text Reminder Service?
Register for the MOT text reminder service to get messages telling you when your MOT is due. There is a one-off charge of £1.50 which is collected through your mobile phone network.
Text your MOT test number to 66858 (MOT4U) from your mobile phone. The MOT Test number has 12 digits and is in the top left corner of your MOT Test Certificate (VT20). You can register as many vehicles as you want using the same phone for just £1.50 and registration lasts for 13 months. Once your car passes an MOT test, or the due date for your MOT test passes, you’ll stop getting reminder messages.