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Ottery St Marys Premier Independent Garage

Mill Street
Ottery St Mary
EX11 1AB
Tel: 01404 812002
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MOT Testing

If your car is 3 years old or more you are required, by law, to book your car in for an MOT test.

The MOT test ensures that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition and meets environmental standards as outlined by the Government and the DVLA. If your vehicle passes its MOT, it has met the minimum road safety and environmental standard’s as required by law and receives a pass certificate which lasts for 12 months. However, this does not mean that your car is necessary roadworthy for the length of validity of the MOT certificate. The MOT does not guarantee the general mechanical condition of your vehicle and the MOT test itself does not cover the engine, gearbox or clutch.

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MOT Testing Centre, Downs Motors Ottery

The MOT should not be treated as a substitute for regular maintenance (Downs Motors also offers competitive, comprehensive and car friendly servicing – contact us for details). The MOT certificate is simply a paper receipt of the MOT and shows the information that has been entered onto a secure central database by those who tested your vehicle. MOT’s are regulated by Vehicle and Operation Services Agency (VOSA) and the following areas are checked to ensure they meet legal standards.

Here are the key MOT test checks that we will carry out:

  • Seatbelts
  • Seats
  • Exhaust system
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Fuel system
  • Doors
  • Mirror’s
  • Brakes
  • Tyres & Wheels
  • Lights
  • Registration plate
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification number)
  • Horn
  • Steering and suspension
  • Windscreen
  • Wipers & washers
  • Bonnet
  • Load security
  • Body & vehicle structure

Just a few points to be aware of, it is illegal to drive on a public road if the car does not have a valid MOT certificate, unless:

  • You are taking your vehicle to a test station where an advance MOT booking has been made.
  • You are taking your vehicle away from where it has failed its MOT and driving it to a place for it to be repaired.
  • You are taking your car away from a place where it has been repaired.

Also, you have 10 working days should your car fail its MOT before the free Re-Test (with us) expires.

We can also provide a FREE MOT reminder 28 days by SMS Text before test is due (based on previous logged dates and contact details).


Problem or Unexpected vehicle repair bill?

Downs Motors now offers Payment Assist finance on those unexpected or problem repair bills either as a result of MOT failure or significant repairs needed to keep you on the road and mobile. Downs Motors is the only vehicle servicing and MOT garage in Ottery St Mary that offers this service.

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Payment Assist can help you work through unexpected bills.

Payment Assist offers a service tailored for the automotive sector with an intention to help alleviate the burden of unexpected repair bills that can happen during MOT or service time. Payment Assist can help you budget better for unexpected repairs or additional work that may dent your finances as opposed to either putting it off or unnecessarily leaving your car in a dangerous or unroadworthy condition.

Payment Assist are here to help, spreading the cost of this work means that you can remain driving safely, whilst paying for the work over a 4 month period. The payment plan is interest and fee free* and is designed to support you when you need it most.

* – Certain conditions may apply.

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