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St Helens MOT Service

St Helens Borough Council offers motorists a cost effective, reliable, trustworthy and independent MOT testing service.

Our qualified, experienced technicians are fully authorised DVSA testers who carry out your full MOT test. As we do not service or repair vehicles you can be sure to get a full independent, honest, unbiased test carried out to the highest standards.

The test will be one hour long. If the vehicle fails and a retest is needed, there will be no charge for a retest.


COVID-19 changes

Please bring your vehicle to our Hardshaw Brook Depot 30 minutes earlier than the test time you have booked on line (for example, for a 9am test you should arrive at 8.30am, and will be able to collect your vehicle at 10am).

This is to allow sanitation (fogging) for all vehicles before our MOT fitters can proceed with the test.

When you arrive at the depot, please park in the car park to the left of the entrance barrier, then leave your keys in the security cabin (the first portacabin in the depot).

This is also where you should collect your keys from when you come to pick up your vehicle, as we have no reception waiting area.


£41 for cars (class 4) 

£41 for light commercial vehicles (class 7)

Opening times

The MOT station is open:

Monday-Friday: 7.30am-4pm

For more information, please call 01744 676753.

Rule 1 – It’s your responsibility

It’s the owner's responsibility to ensure their vehicle’s certificate is valid, not for authorities to chase.

Rule 2 – Know when to go

You need a test when the car’s three years old, then annually after that.

Rule 3 – Always book tests in advance if your certificates run out

If your certificate’s run out, you can drive it to the test centre provided the test's been booked in advance.

Rule 4 – MOT test costs are limited

The maximum test costs are £54.85 for cars or motor caravans and £29.65 for motorbikes. For a full list, see the gov.uk website.

Nearly 40% of MOTs fail first time and far too many are due to a simple avoidable reason. Some of the fails you can sort yourself, others will need a professional. Either way, sorting it before the test is usually cheaper.

The most common MOT failures – and how to beat them:

Lights – Are all lights fully working? Have someone sit in the car while you walk around checking every light.

Suspension – Check suspension. While a full suspension check is difficult, to see if the shock absorbers have gone, quickly apply your weight to each corner of the car then release. It should quickly settle back.

Brakes – Is there tension on the handbrake? Not easy to test yourself, and it’ll need a proper mechanic to fix it. But if your brakes feel loose and unresponsive, or the handbrake slides up without resistance and can’t be ratcheted at a set level, it’s likely there’s a problem.

Tyres – Check tyre pressure. To check tyre pressure, look up what they should be , and fill them up at a petrol station.

Check tyre tread. This is the depth of grooves for road grip. The legal minimum’s 1.6mm for a car tyre. To measure, use the quick 20p tyre test detailed on the Tyre Safe website. Pop a 20p coin on its edge into the main grooves of the tyre tread. If the outer rim of the coin is hidden, your tyres should be legal. If you can see it, get them checked.

Windscreen – Is the drivers windscreen damaged? Damage in the driver’s central view should be no larger than 10mm. In the whole of the swept area, it should be no larger than 40mm.

Windscreen wipers? Front wipers are in check. They need to clear the windscreen in conjunction with the washers.

Exhaust – Is the exhaust leaking? To check, start the engine and from the rear of the car listen for any unusual noises or abnormal smoke. These indicate a leak, which you should fix before the MOT.

Steering – Is your steering working properly? Again this isn’t really easy to check for yourself, so if you think the steering is less responsive, or have noticed any other issues it’s likely you need to get this looked at. Also check for a warning light.

Fluids – Are all fluids topped up? Check the brake fluid, windscreen washer and oil reserves.

The rest – An all-over once-over. Make sure the fuel cap is secure, mirrors are in good condition, and seatbelts, etc, are all fully functional.