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MOT & Service

Looking for great value servicing? Need a reliable MOT test centre? We are specialists offering servicing and MOTs at great prices. We pride ourselves on our excellent service. Our trained mechanics will be happy to answer all of your questions regardless of your vehicle make or model. Call us today for a great deal on your next MOT or service.

We provide a bespoke and tailored service at our Stanways dealership, protecting you and your vehicle with our committed aftercare. We strive to offer a welcoming atmosphere whenever you visit us, and our expert team will provide its best advice with a warm and professional attitude.

Our traditional family values ensure that every customer leaves us completely satisfied, and we’ve built up a long-standing rapport with our regular visitors.

The service and repair facilities that we have on site are fitted with the latest diagnostic equipment, allowing us to quickly identify and solve any issue with your vehicle. Even if you have any other make or model of car, we can usually provide a solution to general faults and problems. We also have an MOT Testing Centre on site, and you can call us directly to make an appointment. We’ll use nothing less than genuine manufacturer components when performing repairs on your car, and (subject to availability) we can also offer you a courtesy vehicle whilst the work is being carried out.

Whenever you need us to service or maintain your Used Car, you can count on our competitive pricing to give you the best value. Our Service Department can offer you the following excellent deals:


  • Air Conditioning Service from only £49;99 inc VAT
  • Oil and Filter Change from only £65.00 + VAT
  • Discs and Pads Change from only £120.00 + VAT


We also have seasonal offers and deals to keep you and your vehicle covered all year round. Contact us at Stanways for more information.




  • 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, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.

    Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

    The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

    For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit

  • 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'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    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.

  • You don't need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn't reached the age its first MOT is needed.

    Exempt vehicles

    Other vehicles that don't need an MOT include:

    • cars and motorcycles made before 1960
    • goods vehicles powered by electricity
    • tractors

    A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

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