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St Helens Motors MOT Centre


Local. Independent. Affordable.


St Helens Motors MOT Centre are customer driven and focused on delivering quality work.

All of our staff are VOSA approved testers, Fully qualified and trained, to deliver a thorough and the best quality MOT tests you will find.


St Helens MOT Centre is a local, independently run MOT testing facility ideally located in the Sutton area of St Helens Merseyside. We are locally recognised for our friendly service and expert knowledge in the motoring industry. When you book your MOT with St Helens Motor Centre, we guarantee that you will not pay for any unnecessary work or repairs.


We also offer great car and van Servicing. Just call us for more details on when you can book your slot. Many of our customers often come from large branches such as Halfords or Kwik-Fit, but have chosen to use our independent garage because we do not quote or charge for any unnecessary repairs.


Here at St Helens MOT Centre, we pride ourselves on our quality service and affordability. Anyone in St Helens or surrounding areas can get a competitive price MOT that is reliable and we won't charge for any unnecessary repairs - GUARANTEED! If you have left your MOT to the last minute, or have just found out that it is due for renewal, then give the guys here at St Helens MOT Centre a call and book with us today.


From the moment you call us, we strive to create the best customer experience for you. We are very confident that you will be completely satisfied with out services here at St Helens MOT Centre.


We are 100% accredited by VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) who set the standards for the MOT test to ensure every car on the road is safe for all road users.


Remember to book your MOT in St Helens before yours runs out. St Helens MOT Centre has got you covered when it comes to MOTs, Servicing, Diagnostics and repairs at competitive prices, no fuss guaranteed.


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Your Car and the MOT Test...


Any car registered for use on the road in the EC must pass some kind of mechanical and emissions test – known in the UK as the 'MOT', after the old Ministry of Transport. In the UK cars must be Tested at the end of their third year (if imported, measured from date of manufacture), and yearly after that


If you have a car  that is more than 3 years old it will need an MOT test each year to ensure that it meets at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards.The test relates only to the condition of the testable items at the time of the test. It should not be regarded as evidence of the condition of the items tested at any other time nor should it be taken as evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle


MOT's are undertaken at garages authorised by the Vehicle Inspectorate to carry out the tests. They are easily identifiable by the blue, 3 triangle MOT Sign. 


Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year to ensure that it complies with roadworthiness standards. The purpose of the MOT Test is to ensure that cars, other light vehicles, private buses and motorcycles over 3-years old are checked at least once a year to see that they comply with key roadworthiness and environmental requirements.


An important aspect of the MOT is that the vehicle’s equipment is Tested, by and large, to the standard to be expected during its year of manufacture. For example, the brakes and emissions of a 1919 Morris will not be Tested to the same criteria as a 2006 Mercedes. 


It is essential that your MOT certificate is kept up to date or you could invalidate your car insurance should you need to make a claim and do not possess a valid certificate.

Pre MOT Test Checks...


A vehicle that is in good condition, that has been regularly serviced and maintained to manufacturer's specification, should be able to pass the test. However it must be remembered that items can deteriorate between services and tests.



The condition of corrosion is not easily checked and is best left to be examined during the test.


Check Your Vehicle Regularly

Items which can be easily checked by the owner or driver such as lights, windscreen washers, wipers, horn, mirrors, seatbelts, fuel and tyres (including pressures) should be done so regularly and just prior to the test. It can be very frustrating to receive a failure for one empty washer bottle, a torn wiper blade and stop lamp bulb not working, not least illegal.


Check Your Lights

Get someone to stand outside the car while all lights front, rear and hazard are checked. Replace or repair if broken or faulty. Remember to check indicators.


Number Plate

Ensure that the number plates and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate are clean and legible.



Check suspension by applying your weight to each corner of the car then release. The car should settle down quickly.



Check the operation of footbrakes and handbrakes. Also check Anti Lock breaking systems (ABS) light operation if fitted.

Check under the bonnet to ensure that the brake fluid reservoir, windscreen washer bottle and engine oil reserves are topped up correctly.


Check that seatbelts operate correctly.



The examination of the tyres does not include the spare. A tyre depth of 1.6mm is the legal minimum requirement. Check tyres are inflated making sure they are not damaged. Whilst the spare tyre is not part of the test it is to be advised that a correctly inflated and legal tyre should be carried.



Check the driver's view for damage to the windscreen. Testers will check that damage is no larger than 40mm in the whole of the swept area of the screen and that in the central view of the driver, called Zone A which is 290mm wide (within the swept area and centred on the steering wheel), any damage is no larger than 10mm wide.


Exhaust and Emissions

To check the exhaust start the engine and from the rear of the vehicle listen for excessive noise which could indicate an exhaust leak. Emission checks are an important part of the test. Regular servicing should alleviate problems with emissions.


And Finally...

A general check around the vehicle should be made to ensure that the car's fuel cap is secure, mirrors are in good condition, wipers are not damaged, or split and locks work.

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St. Helens Motor Centre

Clock Face Road

St. Helens

Tel: 01744 820597


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