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.
What Is An MOT?
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
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 or Heywood 01706 622633 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.
*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.
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.