MOT Southampton Test Centre

At E&J Jarvis LTD we have been providing Southampton with a reliable MOT service for over 60 years. Now located at our MOT Southampton test centre which is fully equipped to deal with class 4, 5 and 7 vehicles.

We offer a while-you-wait MOT test on class 4 vehicles with time slots available at 8 am, 9 am, 11 am and 2 pm. For class 5 and class 7 vehicles, we offer a same-day turnaround service.

If you believe your vehicle is a class 5 or 7 vehicles, please let us know ahead of time so that we can notify and prepare our test centres accordingly. If you are unsure of what class your vehicle is, please feel free to ask our staff who will be happy to help.

At our MOT Southampton test centre, we can test your vehicle up to 1 calendar month in advance to preserve its due date.. 

What are the issues detected by an MOT?

Once your MOT test has been completed, you will either be issued a VT20 certificate to say that you have passed or a VT30 certificate to say that you have failed the inspection. There are three types of defects noted on an MOT test which are;

Dangerous: The dangerous defects will lead to an MOT failure. You will need to have these repaired to pass the MOT.

Major: Major issues also result in a failed MOT test. You will need to have these repaired to pass the MOT.

Minor: A minor issue does not effect the result of an MOT test. However, we recommend rectifying the issue sooner rather than later to avoid a bigger bill.

MOT Southampton class guide

Class 4: A class 4 vehicle is the most commonly tested class and covers most passenger vehicles on the road. This means that cars, most small vans and other types of a passenger vehicles with a designed gross vehicle weight of below 3,000kg and no more than 8 seats generally fall into the class 4 MOT test category.

Class 5: A class 5 vehicle includes private passenger vehicles, motor caravans, ambulances and dual-purpose vehicles with 13 or more passenger seats (think minibus).

Class 7: A class 7 vehicle is a light goods vehicle that has a designed gross weight of at least 3,000kg and no more than 3,500kg.

You can find your DGV in your owner's manual and most vehicles will have it displayed on a plate or sticker on the vehicle itself. If you are still unsure, please feel free to ask our staff who will be happy to help.

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