MOT in Cardiff

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Top garages for MOT in Cardiff (87 found)
IN'n'OUT Autocentres Cardiff
668 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.3 / 5

At IN’n’OUT Autocentres we offer fixed prices MOTs and Servicing for any make and model of car with no hidden extras. We are proud to be a ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ so we are really a garage you can trust. We also have a 5 Star Trustpilot reviews rating. We provide OEM parts and 12 months warranty on all parts and servicing. We only use premium Castrol oils in all servicing.

Our services are all completed ‘while-u-wait’ so you have never have the inconvenience of losing your car for the day. You can watch your car as it is being worked on through the viewing window or sit back and relax in our clean and comfortable customer lounges with FREE Wi-Fi and coffee and read the latest magazines.

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City Service Centre
85 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.8 / 5

City Service Centre is a vehicle repair and servicing garage in the centre of Cardiff, we are conveniently located within walking distance to the city centre, with bus & train services near by. Our experienced staff have over thirty years of experience working with cars and vehicles. This expertise means that they can undertake a wide range of repair and servicing jobs with skill and speed.

The repair services that we offer include wheel balancing and alignment, engine diagnostics and battery servicing. We carry out on site MOT testing, and we can also arrange Class 7 & Motorcycle MOT testing if requested. We also offer a free initial consultation. We are your one stop shop, we cater for ALL of your motoring needs.

SB Personal Ltd. T/A Cardiff MOT & Service Centre
140 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
3.7 / 5

HONEST AND RELIABLE MOT & SERVICE CENTRE

A1 Motorcare Ltd
9 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
5.0 / 5

A1 Motorcare is an award winning, family run vehicle repair garage and MOT test centre, based in Rumney, Cardiff. We’ve been operating nearly 40 years and have maintained a solid reputation as a Cardiff-based garage that you can trust.

General vehicle maintenance and car issues can be a real inconvenience. We strive to make these experiences as hassle free as possible. Our expert team of fully qualified mechanics are always happy to help, providing a professional service that will get you back on the road in no time.

We provide a range of services for all car makes and models. From MOTs, to diagnostics and repairs. We’re also a registered centre for Mercedes, BMW and Mazda vehicles.

In addition to our vehicle repair and maintenance services, we also sell cars! We’ll go above and beyond for customers and that’s why we proudly have a high customer loyalty rate. We’re also happy to reward loyalty with our exclusive A1 Motorcare loyalty card, giving you 10% off all MOTs and labour.

Platinum Vehicle Services Cardiff Ltd.
24 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
5.0 / 5

Platinum Vehicle Services are one of the leading car maintenance specialists in South Wales. We provide excellent customer-focused service whilst ensuring a hands-on, reliable and personal approach to our work.

We endeavor to please each and every customer and ensure their vehicle operates at its fullest potential.

We strive to constantly improve ourselves to ensure that customer service and professionalism remains at the forefront of our business. We aim to maintain, test, service and repair all types of vehicles to the highest possible standard in order to remain one of the best vehicle workshops in Cardiff.

Here at Platinum Vehicle Services we intend to be and stay one of the most trusted vehicle maintenance workshops in the whole of South Wales. We aim to achieve this by continually developing our business and its services using our innovative and professional team of maintainers.

As a professional, experienced business, we pride ourselves on understanding the needs and requirements of each and every customer. We will always remain customer focused in order to incessantly set the highest standard vehicle maintenance excellence.

Promotive BMW MINI
12 Jobs Completed
Newport
4.7 / 5

“We are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to the Network’s 6 core values of Capability, Consistency, Care, Clarity, Cost Effectiveness and Customer Focus. For your added peace of mind we are members of the Motor Ombudsman service which is approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

M.R.Car Sales
203 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.7 / 5

M.R Car Sales is your local garage that is run by a team of experienced and skilled car mechanics. We understand every aspect of vehicle repair, hence no job is too big or small for us. One of the most common reasons for our positive feedback is our free on-call consultation. Not every vehicle issue needs to be addressed at a garage. With years of experience, our car mechanics propose resolutions for minor vehicle trouble over a phone call.

Euro Testing Centre Ltd
480 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.6 / 5

We are a family owned garage in Cardiff, who is prides itself on the quality of work done. We have a four-ramp Garage and MOT Test centre able to help with MOTs and repairs to all makes of car or van in Unit 12 Clydesmuir Industrial Estate.

Unlike most Garages we look at the motorist as a client, not an unnecessary nuisance, our customer lounge is waiting for you with free coffee/Wifi.

Our commitment is to offer an unrivalled level of service coupled with dedication and excellence. We learn from listening to our customers and constantly changing how we do things to serve you better and more affordable.

Royal Remaps
200 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
4.7 / 5

Here at Royal Remaps we are specialists in the performance tuning of engine management systems improving the efficiency of the engine and giving your vehicle increased power output, torque and fuel economy. From cars tuned for road or for track use we can provide a solution to meet your needs. By careful recalibration of the engine management system we can increase drivability with no detriment to reliability.

​Here at Royal Remaps we custom remap every vehicle we work on. Beware some car remapping or chip tuning companies are only able to offer a generic file originally made from another vehicle. All of our engine remapping is tailored specifically for you and your vehicle, we also offer other ECU related services such as Speed limiter removal and DPF Removal.

We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and it is the forefront of our operation. With reliability, drive-ability and satisfaction being our aim we are sure you will be delighted with the service we offer and have no hesitation in recommending our services to friends and family.

John Dolbear Tyre & Auto Services Ltd
15 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
3.0 / 5

John Dolbear Tyre and Auto Services are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to the Network’s 6 core values of Capability, Consistency, Care, Clarity, Cost Effectiveness and Customer Focus. For your added peace of mind we are members of the Motor Ombudsman service which is approved by The Trading Standards Institute. In short, we are a local garage you can trust offering you the support and service guarantees of a national network, giving you complete peace of mind.

SWSS BMW and MINI
17 Jobs Completed
Cardiff
5.0 / 5

"SWSS BMW and MINI in Cardiff offer a full range of repairs for you BMW or MINI.
We carry out a full range of mechanical repairs including Servicing, MOT diagnostics and have fully trained BMW staff. We are up to date with the latest BMW / MINI diagnostic equipment and part of their network so we can keep BMW GB up to date with any Servicing repairs that will be carried out on your BMW.
We can offer a collection and delivery service within 10 mile radius or a courtesy lift into the city centre. We also have FREE Courtesy Vehicles available by appointment and conditions apply
Your vehicle will receive a small valet before your collection or being returned.
We are a genuine and caring company who value you and have been established since 2003.
Please feel free to pop down for a coffee and a chat before making any commitment or alternatively check our facebook reviews at SWSSMINI or SWSSBMW pages

BJ Potter & Sons T/A Potters South Wales Limited
2 Job Completed
Barry
5.0 / 5

B.J. Potter & Sons is based in Barry. We are a local indepentent garage that has been specialising in the repair and servicing of cars, vans and HGV vehicles since 2006

Hutchings Hyundai
3 Job Completed
PONTYPRIDD
5.0 / 5

Fifth generation family run business . Hyundai Franchised Dealer for the sale of new & pre-owned vehicles. All make servicing and repair. Hyundai diagnostics.

Motoring Centre
21 Jobs Completed
Caerphilly
4.9 / 5

The Motoring Centre has been established for over 35 years offering all our clients the very best advice and customer service. We have fully trained and experienced staff that are always on hand to explain any repairs that may be required, in easy to understand terms. Unlike most larger companies we will never undertake any work without your approval and agreeing the costs involved. In most cases we can undertake the work the same day without the need of a return visit. Our passion for cars extends to all makes and models including light commercials. We are confident that our pricing is competitive. We also carry and use our own computer systems to diagnose any faults with your car.

MOT's available for Cars, Vans up to 3.5 tonne, Minibuses up to 4 tonne & Motorbike's.

We are also part of the Trust My Garage scheme which is one of the oldest organisations in the UK which ensures outstanding customer service from it's members and that all members adhere to a strict code of practice.

Castle Cars Mobile Mechanic
97 Jobs Completed
Rhiwbina
4.5 / 5

OUR HOURLY RATES ARE 50% CHEAPER THAN THE AVERAGE INDEPENDENT GARAGE AND 80% CHEAPER THAN A TYPICAL MAIN DEALER!! FAST, FRIENDLY, RELIABLE, HONEST AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE.
We can now provide an MOT service where we will collect your car, get it tested and return it to you.

Head Gasket, clutch, gearbox and engine work specialist.

WHY PAY MORE??

BASIC SERVICE STARTS FROM AS LITTLE AS £79 (oil change, new oil and air filter, brake and suspension check, basic diagnostic check)

- Repairs

- Servicing

- Diagnostics

- Roadside Assistance and Recovery

- MOT

- Plastic Bodywork Repairs

- Motorcycle servicing and repairs

- Motorhomes, Caravans and ATV`s

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MOT in Cardiff

Average rating for  MOT in Cardiff bookings

4.54

24 reviews

How much does MOT cost in Cardiff?

The cost of servicing, MOT and repairs differ across the country and MOT is not any different. Labour rates will be higher or lower depending on where in the country you are. Take a look below at the average quote in Cardiff for MOT on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of our top car makes.


MOT Cost by Car Make in Cardiff
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Ford£38.60
Vauxhall£38.38
Renault£38.29
Nissan£37.79
Volkswagen£38.75
BMW£39.55
Peugeot£37.71
Audi£37.75
Citroen£37.51
Toyota£38.15
MINI£37.91
Volvo£37.62
Mercedes£39.07

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 28/11/2019 and 26/02/2020.

Local MOT Test

Hopefully our FAQ section has answered some of the questions you may have about MOT services in Cardiff. However, if you would like more information, we have the produced the following guide to help you understand the subject in greater detail.

An MOT is a service provided by garages which every car is legally required to have carried out.

A cars roadworthiness will be checked during the MOT as each major component is inspected by a trained professional. A garage has to have authorisation from the DVSA to carry out an MOT as they have to meet the minimum requirement to carry out the inspection.

You don’t need to take your car for an MOT for three years if you buy and register it brand new, however as soon as the three years are up, it is a legal requirement that you take your car for an MOT annually.

Below we have included some useful information on what is checked during your MOT as well as things you can do to increase your chances of passing at the first attempt.

Fuel, Fuel Emissions and Exhaust

The exhaust system is made up of several parts and components which all need to be checked individually. The main issue that mechanics will be looking out for is leakage of fumes or liquid, as these are the most common issues associated with the exhaust system.

There is very little you can do to help your car pass an MOT if there is a problem with this system as a hole cannot be blocked up unless you are a trained professional.

The fuel system will also get checked for leaks however, by checking that the tank cap is sealed properly, you may be able to avoid failing your MOT for a minor issue.

The emissions of a car must fall below specific legal limits which means that if your car produces too much carbon monoxide or hydrocarbons, it will fail its MOT.

You can increase your chances of passing an MOT by addressing the problem before having the service carried out as it is easy to diagnose a problem with your fuel emission levels.

If your exhaust emits excessive blue or black smoke when the engine is switched on and while driving, there is a high chance that there is an issue. By addressing it early you can avoid failing the MOT test.

Tyres MOT Check

One in ten cars fail their MOT due to tyre issues. The mechanic will be checking the tread of the tyre when carrying out the MOT as well as looking for damage such as lumps, bulges or tears.

A tyre tread should be at least 1.6mm and be the correct type as they need to be able to maintain the speed and weight of the car while its being driven.

You can use a tread depth gauge to check if your tyres are safe to drive on and whether they will pass the MOT, if the tread is less than 1.6mm, your car will fail.

It is also important to ensure your tyres are fully inflated and the pressure is correct as this is another issue which will likely result in failure.

Drivers View MOT Check

The parts being checked will consist of windscreen wipers, windscreen, wing mirrors, rear view mirror and windows. It will be obvious that you will fail your MOT if your view of the road around you is impeded.

This could be caused by broken or missing mirrors as well as cracked or heavily chipped windows.

Your rear view mirrors and wing mirrors must be able to move while remaining secure to provide a driver with an adequate view of the road. The wipers and washers are also included in checks as they must be able to clean the windows effectively.

You will fail your MOT if there is damage or an obstruction in your windows bigger than 10mm within the immediate viewing area and 40mm anywhere else.

You can improve your chances of passing your MOT by making sure you buy new wiper blades at least once a year and thouroughly checking all of your windows.

You should also ensure your screen wash reservoir is fully topped up as it will be checked during the MOT.

Body and additional items MOT Check

A wide ranging inspection will be carried out with the body, engine mountings, seats, doors and chassis. They are required to be completely free of erosion and cannot have any sharp edges which could cause injury.

You must also have your registration plates attached to your car which need to be visible from 20 meters away.

Your car should also be shown to display a vehicle identification number (VIN) which should be etched onto the body or chassis.

The speedometer must also be fully secure and able to light up.

Seat Belts MOT Check

Every seatbelt in the vehicle must be fully functional as this will be checked rigorously by the inspector.

Lamps, electrics and reflectors MOT Check

Almost a third of all MOT failures are due to light, electrical or reflector failure. The front, rear, brake, fog, indicator, registration plate and reflectors must adhere to the following standards;

  • Illuminate with the press or flick of one single button or switch
  • Display the correct colour as well as each pair matching in colour of displayed light
  • To be able to deliver light despite the presence of other light
  • Be unobstructed
  • Be in the correct position and completely secure in their housing
  • Be in full working condition
  • Aim of light should be at correct angle

If one of the bulbs in your car breaks you can buy a replacement relatively easily which is something you should do if you are due an MOT.

Make sure to consult your owners handbook before buying a bulb to discover the correct unit.

The horn on your car must also be full working order and be able to deliver a strong uniform note which can be heard by another driver on the road.

The battery in your car will also be checked for leakage and stability within the engine.

Wiring will be inspected for wear and tear and cannot be at the point of breaking.

If you have a towbar for a trailer, the socket will be checked as it must be able to send power to the indicators on the trailer itself.

Steering and Suspension MOT Check

The mechanic carrying out the MOT will be inspecting the condition of the steering wheels by pushing the steering system in numerous directions as well as assessing the system for damage on specific components.

If your car has a locking devise, this will also be checked when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is not running.

If you have power steering, there must be a correct amount of fluid in the reservoir.

The suspension on your car will be checked visually as the springs and shock absorbers will be inspected for corrosion, distortion or fracture.

We have an in-depth page dedicated to steering and suspension which you can access by clicking here.

Brakes Check MOT

The overall condition of your brakes and all of the components that make up the system will be inspected thoroughly.

A specific break test will be performed to ensure your car has the correct stopping power to be on the road.

Other tips

  • A mechanic can refuse to perform an MOT if the car is dirty inside or out as they will have to spend time in and around the vehicle for an extended period, so make sure your car is tidy!
  • If your car should fail its MOT, make sure to have the repairs carried out as per their assessments and then return to the same garage as they will not charge you for a full inspection.

Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price, is not always easy which is why we simplified the process.

We work with a network of 8,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive MOT deals for you.

To find the best MOT service in Cardiff;

  • Enter your car registration number
  • Give us a few details about your car and your requirements
  • We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in Cardiff

You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best MOT deal in Cardiff, before booking online.

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