Free MOT Check  

There’s a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle.

The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle.

You don’t pay VAT on the fee.

Class Vehicle type Age first MOT needed (years) Maximum MOT fee
1 Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc) 3 £29.65
1 Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc) 3 £37.80
2 Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc) 3 £29.65
2 Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc) 3 £37.80
3 3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight) 3 £37.80
4 3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight) 3 £54.85
4 Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 3 £54.85
4 Motor caravans 3 £54.85
4 Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw) 3 £54.85
4 Dual-purpose vehicles 3 £54.85
4 Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats) 3 £54.85
4 Ambulances and taxis 1 £54.85
4 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats) 1 £57.30
4 Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight) 3 £54.85
4a Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check n/a £64
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats) 1 £59.55
5 Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats) 1 £80.65
5 Playbuses 1 £80.65
5a Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check n/a £80.50
5a Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check n/a £124.50
7 Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight) 3 £58.60


MOT Cost

MOT test prices vary from garage to garage and are dependent on the type of vehicle you own.

For a car MOT, test centres can only charge up to the official DVSA (formerly the DVLA) maximum fee of £54.85.

Many MOT price’s for cars and other class 4 vehicles are just £29.99, saving 45% off the maximum DVSA fee.

MOT Ipswich

MOT Checklist

The handbrake:

First of all, check the tension in your handbrake.

Another check is to see if it slides up and down without resistance.

Seats and seatbelts:

Check that the driver’s seat adjusts forwards and backwards and also inspect the full length of the seatbelt for any damage.


Any damage wider than 10mm in the driver’s view will cause an MOT fail.

Windscreen wipers:

Most of all make sure that your wipers clean your windscreen effectively in conjunction with the washers.

If it bounces more than twice, this could mean that the shock absorbers are faulty and need to be checked.


Give a short blast of the horn

Making sure it is loud enough to attract the attention of pedestrians or other motorists.


Check for exhaust leaks by starting the engine in a well-ventilated space at normal temperature.

In addition, listen from the rear of the car for any unusual noises or abnormal smoke.

Fuel and engine oil:

Finally, make sure your car is filled with enough fuel and engine oil.

Furthermore, you can be turned away from the MOT if there isn’t enough to test your car’s emissions levels properly.