7 Lawson St, North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE29 6TF

Telephone: 0191 258 5111

Located in North Shields, Chirton Motor Services have over 50 years' experience in the motor industry and are experts in all aspects of vehicle repair - give us a ring for a competitive quote today!

At Chirton Motor Services, you can book an MOT, an MOT and Oil Change, an MOT with a full service or an MOT with an interim service. For bookings, please use the telephone number located above or navigate to our contact us page and fill in the form.


Does your car require an MOT test?


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.


About the MOT test


The first MOT test is required once a vehicle is three years old. There are different rules if you use it as a taxi. When your vehicle is tested, the MOT looks at some important items to see if it meets the legal requirements. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.


When your vehicle needs testing


If a vehicle is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT will be required three years after the date of registration. For example, a vehicle registered ‘from new’ on 1 April 2004 will require an MOT test no later than 1 April 2007.


If a vehicle is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example a vehicle manufactured at any time in 2004 will require an MOT no later than 31 December 2007. There is no grace period given after these dates.


An MOT can be carried out at any time


If the vehicle is tested within the calendar month prior to when the MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate. For example, if the current certificate was due to expire on 1 April 2007, and the vehicle was presented on or after 2 March 2007, the certificate would run from the test date until 1 April 2008.


The same rule would also apply when the vehicle is taken in within a calendar month of its first MOT. In this case, the vehicle owner would need to present their registration document.


If the vehicle is tested earlier than one month before its due date, the MOT will only run for twelve months.

To speak to one our staff members about MOT Testing please call us on

☏ 0191 258 5111

MOT Testing

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