MOT Test in Oldham, Bury Manchester

Our impartial and independent MOT will help keep your peace of mind. We perform all our own MOT’s in-house at our Oldham and Bury service centres, we cover the whole of the North Manchester area, from Bolton to Stalybridge and Manchester City Centre. Volksmaster have a fully qualified MOT testing team so you can rest assured there are no biased results or bogus MOT failures here! We can even pick-up and drop-off your vehicle* from your home or place of work and go through any advisory notes included in the test results.

Though we are VAG specialist we can MOT any vehicle from any manufacturer.

MOT’s are a legal requirement in the UK. Currently vehicles aged 3 years or over must be tested every year. New MOT re-test procedures have been launched by VOSA which mean you may not have to pay full fees to have your vehicle re-tested after an MOT failure.

For further information about MOT’s please visit the VOSA website. The annual MOT test can make even the most cool-headed person a little nervous but our Trained Technicians are on hand to help make this is as simple and painless as possible.

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What Is An MOT?

MOT Test Centre Oldham

The MOT is a vehicle test. It’s a legal requirement to ensure that vehicles on the UK roads meet minimum safety and emission standards. It improves the safety of all road users and helps keep pollution in check. Driving a car older than 3 years without a valid MOT certificate is illegal. Don’t take it lightly because you may end up paying a £1,000 fine.

A new private car should get its first MOT certificate before it completes 3 years from the date of registration. For some other categories like emergency vehicles and taxis, the certificate must be obtained within a year of registration.

Only approved test centres like the one at Volksmaster are authorised to perform MOT tests. During the test, your car will undergo a series of checks and if it passes these checks, your MOT certificate will be issued. If there are defects, you have to get it rectified at a garage of your choice and retake the test. You are under no obligation to use Volksmaster to instigate repairs in order to bring your vehicle inline to pass the MOT.

Checks Performed During The MOT

During the MOT, qualified technicians check your car including its interiors and exteriors for safety or emission issues. Here are some common checks that you can expect at your MOT.

  • Condition of your seats and seat adjustments.
  • Condition of your seatbelts. Seatbelts should be in good condition, should latch and unlatch properly and should lock when tugged.
  • Operation of the horn.
  • Condition of your windscreen. Cracks and chips are serious problems if they are large or are obstructing the driver’s view. Any problem in the wiper’s sweep zone may result in a failed test.
  • Condition and effectiveness of the wipers.
  • Level of the windscreen washer fluid.
  • Operation of doors and windows, including the locks.
  • Condition and functioning of the mirrors.
  • Operation and effectiveness of lights, including headlight aim and turning indicators.
  • Lights and indicators on the dashboard. Your car will not pass if the check engine light is coming on or if there is some other warning light that indicates a serious issue.
  • Rust or serious damage on the body.
  • Condition and legibility of the number plates.
  • Type of tyres installed, tyre condition and tread depth. Tyres should be inflated to the recommended pressures.
  • Brake test using a roller brake tester.
  • Condition of the exhaust system. There should be no cracks, leaks or unusual noises and the emissions should be within limits.
  • Condition of the steering and suspension.
  • Condition of the fuel system including the fuel tank and fuel cap.

Preparing For The MOT

A large number of MOT failures are due to silly reasons like a non-functioning lamp or badly-placed sticker on the windscreen that’s obstructing the driver’s view. To avoid such problems, perform some basic checks before taking your car for the test. At Volksmaster, we offer a quick preliminary check to detect common problems. This improves your chances of passing the test at your first attempt.

The Volksmaster Advantage

Volksmaster Customer Waiting Area

If you live in or around Manchester, worry-free MOTs are just a call or a few clicks away. Volksmaster are specialists in Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda, Seat, BMW or Mini but we service cars and vans from most manufacturers. With Volksmaster, MOTs are hassle free. We make it as easy and painless as possible.

Volksmaster has been around for over 25 years. Our friendly staff, expert mechanics and convenient MOT service will have your car certified and on the road in the shortest possible time.

If your car is due for its MOT, but you are worried that it’s not in a great condition, don’t put off the test. Instead, get your car serviced at Volksmaster and we will get it back in shape. You can then proceed with the MOT with confidence.

For MOTs in the North Manchester area, from Bolton through Bury, Oldham and over to Uppermill Volksmaster offer you many convenient options. Book your service online or give us a call, in Oldham 0161 624 5060 or Bury 0161 761 3030 and drop your car off at our garage. You can pick it up at any point after the MOT has been passed or you can simply wait in our waiting area until the test is complete and help yourself to complementary hot and cold drinks.

If you have no time to visit our garage, just use our pick up and drop off service. Our driver will collect your vehicle from your home or place of work and drop it off after the test. If your need to remaiin mobile you can also book one of our courtesy cars.

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*pick-up and drop-off service is charged depending on location.


Arranging Your MOT

Drop your car off
Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.

Wait with your car
Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.

Courtesy car
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.

Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.

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  • Amazing, went in for brake pads and discs, great hospitality, customer always comes first will be coming here forever 🙂

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    jahanzayb kayani

    Brilliant service from these guys, car feels brand new, even washed and vacuumed it too...think I will use these more in the future, see how long I can keep my 12yo car going for...hopefully another 12 years?

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    Darren Bastin

    Always friendly and helpful, really know their stuff.They will advise honestly and charge fairly.i would not use any other.

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    Roy Clare
  • Great service Great service, really good prices and they keep you informed of what's going on. This is my fourth time using Volksmaster at Oldham and I wouldn't take my car anywhere else. Works are done quickly and at a fair price. Any extra works found when the car is in are highlighted and they let you know and give the options of what you want doing. The staff all seem like they actually want to do the best for their customers which is not common of other places I've used for car works. Only one niggle, that's the online quote request facility on the website. It doesn't seem to work. I've tried it twice and no one ever gets in touch so am guessing it's got a glitch, however, whenever you telephone you always get dealt with efficiently and courteously.

    Jonathan D

    Always friendly and helpful, really know their stuff.
    They will advise honestly and charge fairly.
    i would not use any other.

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    Roy Clare

    great friendly service, will recommend to all 👍

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    Tom Ford
  • Volksmaster have looked after my Touareg for the past three years and have done a great job servicing and MOT'ing it - their work is always to a high standard and at a great price. Recommend them to anyone.

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    Anthony Boggiano

    Always got me out of the sh#t when my T4s been sick x

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    Eric van der Steen

    I always take my car to Volksmaster in Bury... Very good customer service and friendly staff.. I highly recommend Volksmaster to service and repair your car.. They offer a comparable if not better service than your local main dealer.. 5 Star and highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    David Brennan
  • Took my daughter's car here for it's second service because the previous owner had it's first service carried out by Volksmaster Bury and he recommended them to me. RUBBISH service!!
    Only joking, everything was great; polite, friendly professional service and a quick turnaround (the service was completed before I had finished my lunch) I will be bringing the car back here for the next service.

    Thanks, Rob

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    Robert Ray

    Always great service. Got my car back earlier then expected. Have used this company many years now.

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    Steven Brooks

    I've brought both my cars to the Bury branch for the past 7 years and they have been absolute class on every visit!!

    Knowledge, value for money, and most importantly truly honest.

    If you have a German car it’s a no brainer over main dealer rip off merchants.

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    Mark Eustace
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Car valeted and any potential future issues discussed and advice given. Great service!!

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    Tony North

    What can you say, great service, car ready when requested, and you don't get ripped off. Keep up the excellent service.

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    Ian Calvert

    Very professional and friendly service.

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    Kevin Lanham
  • Honest and very professional operation. Keep you updated on progress etc. Not the cheapest but if your after quality then this is the right place.Saying that My Ex's 10yr old car just went for an MOT and only cost £60 with some bulbs and screen wash etc.I have used them for 10 years now and always been happy.

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    Jonathon Wolsey

    Friendly and very helpful

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    Noel Duffy

    Took my Audi in for airbag ECU coding . Quick sound lads had a good chat couldnt recomend them enough will be back. Cheers lads

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    Marc Ellis
  • First time using this garage, took my Golf GTI in for a full service, I couldn't be happier. Warm and friendly staff, keep me updated on the current progress of my service. Will definitely be returning to this garage. Keep up the great work guys!

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    Callum Sharples

    Having had a long recurring issue with my VW California i was recommend to Volksmaster Van Centre Oldham.
    Fantastic, professional service from start to finish.
    From booking in and being kept up to date by Stacy, to the explanation of the issue and how they resolved it by Nathan.
    Would highly recommend all the team at Volksmaster.

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    Andy Entwistle

    Great service. Good communication and very knowledgeable. Kept me informed of everything and let me know exactly what the problem was and how to prevent future problems with the DPF filter on my Golf diesel. Also cleaned the car for me for no extra charge. Highly recommended.

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    Michael Doyle
  • Another Visit to Volksmaster, another happy experience! Only went for wheel balancing this time, however once again their service was fantastic. They gave me readings of each wheel before and after each one was balanced, and the car drives bang on now! Will see you next time the car comes in for a service.

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    Chris Lukoczki

    Very professional services. Kind staff and short waiting time. Very recommend.

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    Laszlone Foczeny

    2 new tyres. Professional service. Fitted me in at short notice. Recommended

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    Peter Edwards
  • Brilliant service, got me in at short notice and found problem amd fixed and returned by following afternoon cannot fault at all! Kept upto date with pricing and stayed within price stated. Will be my go to garage from now on!

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    Chris Callan

    First time used this garage, what a top guy there called Mike and his team, kept me up to date on the progress, customer service excellent, think i've found my garage, i wish them all the best.
    Highly recommended.....nice one guys.

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    MR K

    I had quite a bad central locking fault on my Caddy, which was a real pain for me. Volksmaster did a cracking job to find and fix the fault and went above and beyond in all their service. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff also. Cracking job and service from Volksmaster, would highly recommend.

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    Steven Drew
  • Attended the garage recently on two separate occasions (different reasons). Staff were helpful, polite and informative they didn’t speak to me like I was an idiot, from booking the car in to collecting it later. The garage and forecourt was clean and tidy giving a good impression. Would highly recommend this garage

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    Katy Mitchell

    Staff are always friendly and helpful with any questions I won’t go anywhere else

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    Sara Beckles

    Called on Friday afternoon to arrange a service for my A4 Allroad and were very accommodating and able to fit it in the following Monday. Dropped it off, had great comms throughout, washed and vac’d and saved a tidy sum over the main dealer - would highly recommend!

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    Scott Dargan
  • I was recommended to VM by a friend when I bought a VW. Finding an honest mechanic isn’t always easy but Ryan has been super helpful any time I’ve had to take my car in. They won’t convince you to have work done that isn’t needed and give you an honest assessment. Plus they have free sweets on the desk 👍🏻

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    M Laxton

    Great and speedy service..friendly and professional...also use them for any services and repairs on our vw happy customer 😀

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    Delma Burns

    Service and professionalism second to none. Been using volksmaster for a number of years now after having few bad experience with the dealers. Thanks again

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    Chris Wadsworth
  • Good service and extremely friendly staff.

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    Azadur Rahman

    It's my second time coming and i just had my bmw 4 series serviced yesterday by them, i just want to say i have had a fantastic experience with them. my car feels so smooth and the person at the reception have explained what he's done to the car etc. friendly people i will definitely comeback and will also recommend!

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    foyes hussain

    Highly recommended good lads, best quality

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    rulis nesvarbu
  • Outstanding service collecymy car from work changed the dsg oil dropped it back off no problems at all will use these people again for my mot in August 2020 and service high five Ryan

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    Imran Aslam

    Second time taking my car here, service is fantastic and prices very reasonable. Wouldn’t take my car anywhere else.

    Tom Avatar

    Wouldn’t go anywhere else! Always look after me and are honest and reliable!!

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    Laura Haytack
  • Took my car here for the first time yesterday. I can honestly say they did a fantastic job. Very competitive rates. Polite, friendly staff and true to their word had my car ready when they said it would be. Would highly recommend these guys. Thank you

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    Maureen Jones

    Best garage around. Not only diagnosed the issue quickly but fixed it within a few days and even fixed a few electrical problems free of charge. Other garages couldn’t find the issue and one garage nearly had me recon my dsg gearbox at a cost of 3k. Highly recommended don’t wast your time at other garages like I did.

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    Phil smith

    Ryan and the team are professional and knowledgable, they provide great customer service and all the work is carried out to a high standard. They give honest advice and even suggest cheaper alternatives. Not a place that rips you off! I've been going there for years and never had a problem. Chet

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    Chet Patel
  • The best specialist mechanics around! No nonsense, knowledgeable, reliable and keep you up to date on any work being done on your car. They are my go to place for figuring out any big issue and fixing it to a high standard - for a good price. Plus Ryan ensures your car is well looked after. Thanks guys!

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    Touyab Waseem

    These guys are the real deal! 5 star. Constantly going the extra mile. Knowledgeable, patient, honest, down-to-earth and they know their VWs inside out. My van is back today from them, super clean and smelling great.
    So happy to have discovered their Bury branch, they gave my Volkswagen T5.1 van some seriously needed TLC and it drives like a new vehicle.
    I won't go anywhere else after so many dodgy cowboy garage experiences... now discovering these guys is like a diamond in the rough!! Don't hesitate to use them for any of your VAG needs. I'll be back.
    Cheers, Hannah.


    These guys are the real deal! 5 star. Constantly going the extra mile. Knowledgeable, patient, honest, down-to-earth and they know their VWs inside out. My van is back today from them, super clean and smelling great.
    So happy to have discovered their Bury branch, they gave my Volkswagen T5.1 van some seriously needed TLC and it drives like a new vehicle.
    I won't go anywhere else after so many dodgy cowboy garage experiences... now discovering these guys is like a diamond in the rough!! Don't hesitate to use them for any of your VAG needs. I'll be back.
    Cheers, Hannah.

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    Hannah Von Farren

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