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Relax! We Will Ensure Your Car is Safe for the Road

All vehicles over 3 years old are required by law to have an MOT test annually. This test is designed to ensure that your car meets the minimum road safety standards and environmental standards.

At Merton Autotechnics, all our MOT testing is carried out by our qualified mechanics with a wealth of experience in testing, repairing and servicing cars and vans. You can be confident our skilled technicians are working on your car!

Book Your MOT Test

Call today to book your MOT on 020 8543 1233.

We will always find a space for your vehicle; bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis.

First Time Customer?

Call now to claim your special offer of £5 off the price of your MOT test, normal price £54


How much does an MOT cost?

The current MOT fee is £54. If you are a first time customer you can claim a £5 off discount!

How long does an MOT take?

It usually takes around 30-40 minutes.

Do I need to book my MOT in advance?

It is always advisable to book in advance as our garage does get very busy. Don't forget; you can get you MOT up to 4 weeks in advance of the expiry date of your current MOT so don't leave it till the last minute!

What happens if my car fails it's MOT?

If it fails on anything minor such as a bulb, wiper, tyre, etc then we can normally repair it straight away. More serious defects would have to be booked into the workshop but these repairs are given priority to ensure your car is roadworthy and legal as soon as possible.

If my current MOT has not yet expired can you add on the extra days?

The MOT computer system will automatically add on extra days up to 4 weeks.

If my car fails it's MOT and my current one has expired can I still drive my car?

You are allowed to drive the car to and from a pre-booked MOT appointment but other than that the car should not be used.

Are you able to diagnose faults on my car like the main dealers do?

We have several diagnostic tools which cover most car and van models.

How much do you charge to diagnose electronic faults?

We would normally charge one hours labour (charged at £50 per hour + VAT) to diagnose the faults, but if the car is then repaired by us the charge is dropped.

Can I pay my bill by credit card?

Yes! We accept most major credit/debit cards, or you can pay by cash. Unfortunately we can not accept American Express or cheques.

What Do We Test?


We will perform tests on your brakes that check their condition, operation and performance. Specifically we test your handbrake, the foot brake and it's anti-lock breaking mechanism, and all the brake components.


Your vehicle doors must open and close, from both the inside and the outside, and once closed they should latch securely.

Exhaust Emissions

We will check that your vehicle meets the acceptable level for emissions. The exact level will vary depending on the age of your vehicle and whether it's petrol or diesel.

Fuel System

The fuel cap on your vehicle must fasten and seal securely and there should be no leakages. Don’t forget to leave us your key so we can test this!


We’ll check your horn is in good working order and is the correct type for your vehicle.


All the external lights of your vehicle are tested for their condition, operation and security; the head lights, the front and rear position lamps, the fog lights, the indicators and hazard lights, the brake lights, the rear registration light as well as the rear reflectors. The headlights will also be check to ensure they are aimed correctly.


We’ll check your vehicle has rear and side view mirrors and that these are attached securely and are in good working order.

Registration Plate

Your registration plate must be in a legible condition, using the correct format of letters and numbers and securely fastened.


We test that your power steering, the steering control and steering system are in good working order


The rear suspension and wheel bearings, front suspension, wheel bearings, driveshafts and the shock absorbers must be in good working order.

Vehicle Structure

Your vehicle must have a sound structure and be free from excessive corrosion or damage in certain key areas. Also there must be no sharp edges.

Vehicle Identification Number(VIN)

We will check that the VIN number welded to your vehicle matches the VIN number your car is registered to.

Wheel and Tyres

We check your wheels and tyres are in good condition and are securely fastened. We also check the tyre size, type and tread depth. Your spare tyre is not a testable item. However we will always advice you of any defects found during your MOT test.


Your windscreen is checked for visibility and condition and must provide a good view of the road.

Windscreen Wipers and Washers

Your wipers and washers must be in full working order to ensure you have good visibility of the road


Merton Autotechnics, Unit 5 Station Road, Merton, London, SW19 2LP