Bury MOT Test Centre

Bury MOT Test Centre – Croft Street Garage

Authorised By The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency – Bury MOT Test Centre

Croft Street Garage – Bury MOT Test Centre is approved and regularly inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, formerly VOSA).

MOT appointments at Croft Street Garage, Bury are available 6 days a week to ensure complete customer convenience. Our MOT inspection hours are 0800 -1730 Mon – Fri & 0800 -1230 Saturdays.

Bury MOT Test Centre’s competent and highly trained mechanics are always available and happy to discuss any questions relating to MOT’s that you may have. Please contact us by any means provided within this website for friendly, professional advice.

MOT – Information & Requirements

The following information is provided to you by Bury MOT Test Centre – Croft Street Garage. It relates to UK MOT’s in general and has been sourced directly from Gov.UK and alternate, entirely trustworthy online resources. Please feel free to research your own information for clarification, should you feel it at all necessary.

1. When to get an MOT

The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old

Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old – check the MOT fees table to see which.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

Earliest date you can get an MOT

An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.


If your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.

You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.

The MOT text reminder service finished in August 2014. You’ll be sent one more reminder if you registered in the last 12 months.

If the MOT has run out

You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test

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2. Booking an MOT

You must use an approved MOT test centre to get your MOT.
Croft Street Garage MOT Centre is approved and regularly inspected by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, formerly VOSA).

Only centres like ours showing the blue sign with 3 white triangles can carry out your MOT.

How you can book

Contact Croft Street Garage MOT centre or book simply book your MOT online using the form below.

There are maximum fees that the MOT centre can charge.

MOT’s have a £54.85 RRP (Maximum Fee) – Croft Street Garage MOT’s Bury are £40 !

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3. How the MOT test works

During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

You can watch the test from a viewing area but you’re not allowed to interrupt the tester.

Parts that are tested

What's Checked In An MOT

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4. MOT test result

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you’ll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • you’ll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

Mileage reading

The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the ‘odometer reading and history’.

Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.

Mistakes on an earlier mileage can’t be changed.

Failing the MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

You can appeal the result if you think it’s wrong.

Driving a vehicle that’s failed

You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn’t run out, except to:

  • have the failed defects fixed
  • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

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5. Retest after a repair

In some cases your vehicle can have a partial retest for free or a reduced MOT fee.

Leaving your vehicle for repair

You only need a partial retest if you leave the vehicle at the test centre for repair and it’s retested within 10 working days. There’s no fee for this.

Taking your vehicle away for repairs

You can take your vehicle away if your MOT certificate is still valid.

You can only take your vehicle to or from somewhere to be repaired if your MOT has run out.

Taking it back for a retest the next working day

You won’t have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest.

Taking it back for a retest within 10 working days

You’ll only need a partial retest if you take the vehicle from the test centre for repairs and take it back within 10 working days. You can be charged a partial retest fee for this.

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Checklist to help your car pass its MOT

An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test your car met the minimum road safety and environmental standards required by law.

It doesn’t mean that your car will remain roadworthy for the following 12 months. You still need to make sure that you maintain your car well, including regular servicing.

Make sure you’re not caught out by any of the five simple reasons for a fail shown above, then inspect your car against our 11-point checklist below.

If you find any problems in the following areas, there are some you can fix yourself to help keep garage costs down.

Headlights and indicators: front, rear, headlights (main beam and dipped), hazard lights and indicators. If any aren’t working, first check for broken bulbs and replace them.

Brake lights: ask another person to check that the rear brake lights come on when you press the brake pedal.

Tyres: check that all the tyres have at least the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm, or they will be marked as an MOT ‘fail’. This can easily be done with a 20p coin – watch the video on the First Time Driver website.

Check for any damage such as splits in the tread, bulges or cuts in the sidewalls. Also check the tyre pressure and increase it at a petrol station if necessary.

The handbrake: check the tension in your handbrake. If it slides up and down without resistance and can’t be ratcheted to a set level, there’s likely to be a problem that needs fixing by a professional mechanic.

Seats and seatbelts: check that the driver’s seat adjusts forwards and backwards and inspect the full length of the seatbelt for any damage. Check that all of the seatbelts latch and fasten securely, and lock when you give them a sharp tug.

Windscreen: any damage wider than 10mm in the driver’s central view will cause an MOT fail, as will any damage larger than 40mm in the whole of the swept area.

Windscreen wipers: make sure that your wipers clean your windscreen effectively in conjunction with the washers. Remember that any tears or holes in the wiper rubber can mean an MOT fail.

Suspension check: check the shock absorbers by applying your weight to each corner of the car then quickly releasing it. The corner of the car should quickly return to its original position. If it bounces more than twice, this could mean that the shock absorbers are faulty and need to be checked.

Horn: give a short blast of the horn – if it doesn’t work or isn’t loud enough to attract the attention of pedestrians or other motorists, get it repaired.

Exhaust: check for exhaust leaks by starting the engine in a well-ventilated space at normal temperature, then listen from the rear of the car for any unusual noises or abnormal smoke.

Fuel and engine oil: make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil – you can be turned away from the MOT if there isn’t enough to test your car’s emissions levels properly.

If your car fails its MOT

If your car fails its MOT, the test centre will give you a VT3O Certificate showing the reasons for the fail. You need to fix these failure points and arrange a partial MOT retest in which your car must pass on them before you can drive it on the roads again.

You may be able to get a partial MOT retest for free or for a reduced fee. This depends on whether you leave your car at the test centre for repairs or have the work done elsewhere and bring it back for testing within a time limit (normally 10 days).

If your MOT has expired

If your MOT has expired, it’s illegal to drive your car on the road and you could be prosecuted for doing so. Driving without a current MOT also makes your car insurance invalid.

The only exception would be if you already had an MOT booked and were driving your car to the test. (Source)

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