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MOT & Service

Looking for great value car servicing? Need a reliable MOT test centre?  Look no further.

The list is endless, however our workshop services include:

  • Insurance approved 4-wheel laser alignment
  • Air conditioning services and top-up
  • Full computer diagnostic checks
  • On-site ATL MOT testing bay for Classes 4,5 and 7 (cars, 4x4's, vans, light commercials, minibuses and vehicles between 3000kg - 3500kg)

Our brand new purpose built state of the art MOT and service centre is able to accommodate your motoring needs.

Not only do we repair and service new and modern cars, 4 x 4’s, vans and light commercials, we also repair and restore classic cars and Land Rovers including Land Rover chassis replacement and preserving.  With our wealth of experience and knowledge a restoration package can be tailored specifically for you and your classic investment.

We pride ourselves that our workshop is one of only a few local independent establishments to be accredited by Shell Lubricants and Brembo Braking.  We are regularly inspected and reviewed to ensure a high standard is maintained at all times.  These checks are undertaken by independent boards recognized by the R.M.I Governing Body ensuring that an expert level of work is guaranteed at all times.

We participate in regular I.M.I training seminars fully approved by DVSA.  We are proud members of the FSB, I.G.A and R.M.I.

Our diagnostic and vehicle programming capabilities are enormous. Using Bosch, Delphi, Snap-On and Autologic giving us a factory standard of diagnostics and trouble-shooting. Our I.M.I accredited and factory trained technicians attend regular course updates to keep us at the forefront of the motor trade.

Our preferred premium supply partners other than main agents are:

  • Shell/Petronas Lubricants
  • Brembo Braking
  • Bosch/Valeo Electronics



  • The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:

    • the third anniversary of its registration
    • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old

    Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.

    Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

  • An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

  • You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

    The only exceptions are to drive it:

    • to or from somewhere to be repaired
    • to a pre-arranged MOT test
  • During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.

    You can watch the test from a viewing area but you're not allowed to interrupt the tester.

    The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

    For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit

  • Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.

    Passing the MOT

    If your vehicle passes the MOT:

    • you'll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    Mileage reading

    The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.

    Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.

    Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.

    Failing the MOT

    If your vehicle fails the MOT:

    • you'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
    • it will be recorded in the MOT database

    You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.

    Driving a vehicle that's failed

    You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:

    • have the failed defects fixed
    • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment

    You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

  • You don't need to get an MOT for a vehicle that hasn't reached the age its first MOT is needed.

    Exempt vehicles

    Other vehicles that don't need an MOT include:

    • cars and motorcycles made before 1960
    • goods vehicles powered by electricity
    • tractors

    A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.

This FAQ contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

Walbridge Motor Company

01258 817777

Opening times

Monday 08:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00
Thursday 08:30 - 18:00
Friday 08:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday Appointment Only

Walbridge Motor Company

Kings Stag Mill,
Kings Stag,
Sturminster Newton,
DT10 2AU