Oxford MOT Testing

Undergoing an annual MOT is a legal obligation for all classes of vehicles, including cars and motorbikes.
At Oxford Direct Services, we offer competitively priced MOTs for a number of vehicles, helping drivers to fulfil their obligations and remain compliant whilst being safe on the roads. We can carry out MOTs for cars, motorbikes, vans, motorhomes and large commercial vehicles, all performed in our conveniently located MOT testing station at our Cowley Marsh Depot .

MOTs Class4

Cars, Vans and Motors Caravans (Upto 3,000 kg)

£20 MOT

When booked with a major service for £195*
* Up to 2-litre size engine.

Booking an MOT with Oxford Direct Services

We are local authority, trustworthy & high quality service

  • We have been carrying out MOT residential testing since 1969
  • Local, professional and well-priced service
  • Independent MOTs for Class IV, V and VII vehicles
  • Provide an impartial and comprehensive service
  • Flexible service - appointment times from as early as 7am and as late as 6:30 pm

Unsure when your next MOT might be due? why not check your vehicles MOT status at https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ If your MOT has run out or is due to expire then book your vehicle in to our MOT Garage, you can use the online MOT booking form to get started.

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Who are we?

Since 1969, Oxford Direct Services has been offering competitively priced, independent MOT testing for motorists in Oxfordshire. Whether you own and operate a car, motorbike, van, motorhome, or large, commercial vehicle, we’ll provide you with professional, friendly, and impartial service. All MOT testing is performed in our MOT garage and testing station, conveniently located at our Cowley Marsh Depot (Marsh Road, Oxford, OX4 2HH).

What is an MOT and why do I need one?

All classes of vehicles, including cars and motorbikes, must - under legal obligation - undergo MOT testing to guarantee vehicle safety, roadworthiness, and to examine exhaust emissions. Click here to see the extensive checklist (this will become a hyperlink) of all the elements of your vehicle that must be tested and to find out what you can check on your own at home.

How often do I need an MOT?

All vehicles that are three years or older must have an MOT every 12 months. You can find out when your current MOT expires by looking at your latest MOT test certificate. Bear in mind, you can have your vehicle tested in an MOT garage up to 28 days prior to this expiration date without penalty but, if you are late to have your vehicle tested, you will be unable to renew your road tax, run the risk of being fined or otherwise reprimanded if pulled over, and any insurance claims made in an uncertified vehicle may be affected or even denied.

How long does an MOT take?

An MOT takes just 45-60 minutes, during which time customers are more than welcome to leave our garage and return later on. Likewise, we’re happy to accommodate customers that wish to watch on from our waiting room for the duration of the MOT.

We offer flexible and convenient service times, from as early as 7 AM to as late as 6:30 PM, to ensure that the MOT testing process is as painless and easy as possible.

Why choose us?

We’re a local, trusted authority and have been for decades. That’s because our objective experts aren’t trying to find faults with your vehicle just for the sake of holding it and charging you for unnecessary repairs. We have faith in our abilities, a history of honesty, and have gained the trust of our customers by continuing to prove that our seasoned mechanics are both professional and thorough.

Upcoming MOT Changes for 2018

Beginning on May 20 of this year, cars will be required to meet new standards in order to pass their MOT. The most notable changes involve different classifications of test faults and stricter rules regarding diesel. These changes are coming after data collected by Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) revealed that 25 percent of drivers don’t have an up-to-date MOT certificate for their vehicle. Because of their findings, the DVSA is now offering a free notification service that will automatically send driver’s an annual reminder by either text message or e-mail. Of course, a reminder to have your MOT test means nothing if your vehicle isn’t going to pass.

Here’s what you need to know.

Minor, Major and Dangerous Faults

These new categories grade how serious a defect is and major and dangerous faults will result in an automatic failure of the test.  Minor defects - which don’t significantly impact the car’s roadworthiness or environmental impact - won’t prevent it from passing.

Diesel Cars

While the most significant changes will affect drivers’ whose cars run off diesel, the head of MOT policy for DVSA maintains that these rules are meant to ‘help motorists do the right thing’. Driver’s with a vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter need to ascertain that its not emitting ‘visible smoke of any colour’. Visible smoke is considered a major defect that would result in an automatic failure. Likewise, vehicles that are found to have a diesel particulate filter that has been tampered with or removed altogether (unless for the sake of filter cleaning) will not pass the MOT.

Our advice: review our list of what’s inspected to ensure that your car meets current standards. If you can guarantee that your car doesn’t have any defects, you won’t have to worry yourself with which category the defect might fall into.

You can also learn more on the gov.uk website >