MOT Testing in Reading & Wokingham

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Getting an MOT is a legal requirement, but it doesn’t need to be costly. At MOT City we are an official MOT testing station in Reading and Wokingham providing reliable MOT testing while you wait, giving you the chance to discuss any car problems with one of our team of professional and friendly technicians.

On May 20th 2018 the standard MOT test was updated. The old system of recording fails and advisories has been replaced with a three category defect scheme. Faults that are found during testing will be ranked as either dangerous, major or minor – and all of these will be recorded in the report we provide to you. Once you have had an MOT with us we will automatically send you a reminder letter, SMS or email approximately one month before your next test is due.

With the new testing rules, if your vehicle has minor defects, these will be recorded in the same way as advisories, but faults ranked as dangerous will incur an immediate fail.

There are also changes to what is tested as part of the MOT. Vehicles will now be tested for emissions and graded as above. Any vehicle that emits “visible smoke of any colour” during the test will automatically fail the test.

Other things being added to the test include steering, front fog lamps and other lamps that are used during the day (eg reverse lights). These lights will only be tested if fitted to the vehicle from March 1st 2018.

There are also amendments to the test designed specifically for diesel vehicles such as checking the particulate filter has not been tampered with or damaged.

MOT testing – especially with the new rules in place – can seem daunting and unpleasant, but we work hard to make the process as painless as possible. Call us to book for an MOT test in Reading, Wokingham or Winnersh.

All of our mechanics in Reading are experienced and well trained, staying up to date with all of the latest technologies and regulations.

If you think the new rules for MOT testing may mean your car will fail its test, it may be worth bringing it in for a service before the test it due. We can then ensure the necessary repairs and adjustments have been made in good time.

Gone are the days of grumpy mechanics trying to sell the most expensive parts – we offer an honest service that keeps our customers coming back year after year.

For MOT testing in Reading, Wokingham and Winnersh get in touch with MOT City.


or call us on
0118 979 6677

£54.85  for MOT

Our MOT test checklist covers
  • Car interior check
  • Car lights, Side lamps, Direction Indicators, Headlamps, Stop Lamps, Rear lights, Fog Lights
  • Steering & Driver controls, Light switches, Horn, Windscreen wipers and washers
  • Car body condition
  • Suspension
  • Seatbelts
  • Under the bonnet, Brakes, Suspension Steering
  • Engine
  • Exhaust Emission, Carbon Monoxide
  • (CO) Emission, Hydrocarbon (HC) Emission
  • Fuel system
  • Power steering
  • Brakes, Brake Components, Footbrake and Handbrake
  • Tyres and Wheels
  • Exhaust Emission, Carbon Monoxide, Hydro Carbons, LAMBDA

I have used garages for over 50 years and can honestly say that MOT City has the best customer service I have ever come across.

Important Information

Make sure your vehicle is road worthy with an MOT test from our friendly and professional team. Every car, more than three years old requires this annual set of tests to ensure it is safe for use on public roads. Once given the all clear a test certificate can be issued by VOSA as an official confirmation of having passed. It is essential for a current MOT to be held by the owner as without it you won’t be driving legally. Vehicle tax can also not be obtained unless this basic requirement has already been met. Those who have been caught out in the past by forgetting to book may have had the unpleasant penalty of a £1,000.00 fine so it’s important to take this seriously and set a reminder ahead of time. If convenient, you can have your MOT done up to 28 days before the official due date. It is your responsibility as the registered owner and must be done to validate your insurance.

We work hard to make sure we always meet the strict and thorough criteria set out by the government Department for Transport. Certified and trained mechanics known as Nominated Testers undertake an initial inspection which will identify any categories needing further attention. In line with all local garages supplying this service around the UK, we look at lighting and signalling, steering and brakes. As you can expect tyres and wheels are on the list too as well as safety measures like seat belts and the driver’s view. Environmental aspects such as exhaust and emissions are taken into account and the body and structure itself must also be inspected.

Whether you have a car, minibus, or goods vehicle you can be sure that an MOT will cover everything needed to enjoy a safe journey. Since its introduction in 1960 the list of checks included has grown significantly to include the large variety of vehicle types, ages and complexities. Parts and equipment are tested on the basis of when they were manufactured to make for a fair and reasonable process.

An MOT test certificate confirms that at the time of test, the vehicle has met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. The actual designation for the pass certificate is VT20, and failure is the VT30, with any advisories being the VT32. The “MOT” Test will provide an emissions report. For your MOT in Reading, Wokingham and Winnersh, call 01189 796 677.

Customer Terry S: ” I just wanted to say a big thank you to Sean (I believe), who after explaining why my Father-in-law’s Nissan Note had failed the MOT, offered an extremely acceptable solution. In a discussion that followed he realised without my prompting, that some logistical challenges existed in arranging a re-test for another day, collecting from Sonning Common and returning, after returning the vehicle yesterday.
I was really grateful for the effort made to simplify my circumstances, but without doubt needed significant effort on your behalf. I shall happily recommend your garage to anyone, for the high standard of service.” enjoyed.

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